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La Réserve, Côte d’Azur
Chemin de la Quessine, 83350
26th November 2017

A Mediterranean palazzo that glistens on the Côte d’Azur, La Réserve is a living legend on the French Riviera. With a glamorous history that stretches back to 1880, this is a hotel that forms part of the region’s grand allure, attracting the world’s elite for decades.

Location
Slightly difficult to get to if arriving by plane, as the closest airports are Nice (111km) for international flights and Cannes (87km) for domestic flights. The long drives can be avoided if you have access to a private jet or helicopter.

However, the hotel is set in one of most beautiful parts of Côte d'Azur, in the middle of nature and it feels more secluded and exclusive than nearby Cannes. It is a good location to spend one or two nights.
Who stays?
Generally an urban clientele looking for a retreat away from the bustle of the city. No children were spotted during my stay.
Style and Character
Sleek and modern in a minimalist way. A feeling of luxury without over-the-top accessories. An effort was made to engage visitors with the environment itself.
Service
Somewhat mixed. Upon entering the hotel for the first time, the concierge appears before the check-in area, which was slightly confusing. The reception is very discreet once you find it and although very polite, some things took a bit of time to resolve. The restaurant manager was very engaged and friendly, noticeable more so than the reception and concierge staff.
Rooms and Suites
I stayed in a Deluxe Suite, which was quite spacious. I loved the beautiful terrace and the freestanding bath tub with its views of the Med. However the shape of the room, along with the fact that there was only light at one end, meant that most of the space was quite dark, especially when in the changing area. That said, if you are on your terrace most of the day it is less of a problem.
Food and Drink
The Michelin-starred restaurant, La Voile, was of good quality and fairly priced (EUR 195 for a full tasting menu) and in the area there are few options for that level of service and quality of food so if you are staying in the Saint Tropez or Ramateulle region it is definitely worth considering as a place to come to eat. The breakfast I had served in the room was very nice as well.

The rooftop bar and restaurant open during the summer months has lovely views and is also worth trying.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The outdoor pool although not necessarily very large, does have lovely comfortable sun-lounges, atmosphere and adjacent bar. The indoor pool is very nice which is useful for those travelling in the shoulder seasons. The gym is well equipped and not too crowded, with a dedicated person on-hand to help with any questions.

The downside to the location is that it does not have direct access to the beach - you have to take a car to get to the Saint Tropez beaches. That said, the more adventurous guest can walk down the hill to the rocks where one can jump into the sea.
Perceived Value
It is a Palace category hotel, which means it is considered more than five-star (only 16 hotels in France have received the Palace status). Therefore the higher price is expected but in-line with its setting, building and dining.
Verdict
If I am in the area I would definitely consider it for one or two nights, or perhaps simply visit the restaurant and bar. It does have offer a unique escape from the busy hotels in Saint Tropez during the Summer months.