Welcome to the Château de la Messardière

For almost 30 years now, we have been happy and proud to open our doors from April to October, at the Château de la Messardière, our 5 star luxury hotel of France: a haven of peace and a welcoming place for the world of art. Year after year we have pushed our requirements up to the highest level with a succession of enlargements, renovations and innovations that have enabled us to reach the excellence of a discreet and authentic, luxury palace. We are continually looking for the best, so that our guest’s stay will be unforgettable.

When staying with us, you can enjoy walking through our large park or contemplate nature while resting on a bench made of lava from Salernes. A natural path, that has pushed me over the years, to develop the harmony between the Château and its estate. It has been 8 years now, that our bees have been producing the honey that we propose with our cheese platter in the evening at l’Acacia our gastronomical restaurant. The olive trees are centuries old and enable us to produce a high quality olive oil. 

New, in 2019, near the pétanque ground where families and friends can play boules, we have also installed the “Kingdom of princes and princesses” for children from 1 to 12 years old as well as the games ground all made of natural wood. There are many ways of enjoying our magnificent, natural environment… the proof of our permanent quest for the best. Another novelty for the children to be able to play together while letting their parents enjoy some peaceful moments around the pools of the hotel, from mid-June to mid-September, we have a Kid’s Club that is open every day from 10am to 8pm, with our team of group leaders to take care of them as from the age of 3 (or when they are clean).

The Château de la Messardière is also very involved in the associative and cultural life of the Saint-Tropez peninsula and actively supports several associations. Recently, as President of the Société Tropézienne des Amis de la Musique, I offered two recitals to 400 students and their teachers who were able to discover “the little story of great music”. Interpreted by the musicians Emanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyal and Alma, their 11 year old violinist daughter (and as guest star, her 7 year old sister Sarah), the show was very much appreciated by the children of Saint-Tropez, La Croix-Valmer and Cavalaire. This year, the Château de la Messardière also supports “BAB Charity” whose aim is to improve the quality of life, of sick children and their families. Also to be noted is that this year the “Grand Prix de la Photo Saint-Tropez” will be punctuated by an auction sale for the benefit of the “Sponsorship of Cardiac Surgery for the Children of the World” on August 20th, 2019, at the Messardière. Both past and future events that enable us to redistribute tens of thousands of Euros and to confirm our role within society.

I would also like to share, through this magazine, my passion and enthusiasm and the commitment of our team, for this great house and hope that you enjoy discovering it’s many aspects.

Enjoy your stay at the Château de la Messardière

The swimming pool, the heart of the solar life of the Château

The pool, that is one of the main centres of interest for the guests at the Château, is also a centre of interest for Alexandre Durand-Viel, thanks to him, renowned artists and craftspeople, the best technicians and the faithful teams of the Château de la Messardière, conjugate their talents and contribute to the magic of this unique spot.

A sweet melting-pot of artistic signatures

Thanks to a recent collaboration with the Galerie Estades, the Château de la Messardière, this season, invites you to discover the exceptional bronze sculptures by Sylvie Derely. For the last 25 years Nicola Rosini di Santi and the Château de la Messardière, have shared a beautiful artistic complicity. The painter, sculptor and designer has signed many works of art for the hotel, especially the exceptional sculpture in bronze patinated resin, that represents delicacy, balance and harmony. The works of Shine Mosaique had travelled to New York, Moscow, Paris, Monaco and Saint-Tropez before they seduced Alexandre Durand-Viel. At the bottom of the small pool, the mosaic work of
Graziella Pizzi and Laurence Capelli, inspired by the grounds of this luxury hotel, “the magic of beings, animals and nature”. After more than 10 years of working with the Château, Alexandre Audonnet, a craftsman who specializes in stainless steel, copper and brass has accentuated the beauty of this pool, especially with the swimming ladder and the contours.

The expertise of the best technicians

For your well being, the team of technicians scrupulously maintain the swimming pool under the direction of David Gangloff who is in charge of the hotel’s maintenance. This winter the stones of the pool were sanded to ensure your comfort Michel Abed and his team who have 20 years experience in the “know how” of flooring, also enhance the natural beauty of the marble in collaboration with Azur Pool Concept of Philippe Pettavino who ensures the quality of the water throughout the season, all while respecting the environment. 

A pleasurable spot to be throughout the day

Your days will be peaceful around the mirror pool with the magical view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Dive into the warm blue water of the Olympic size pool, tan in the solarium or just relax on the chaises longues or the comfortable sofas while enjoying the panorama of Saint-Tropez. Just a few feet away, Alain Péant who is in charge of the bars of the Château, proposes light detox cocktails full of vitamins, elaborated with fresh fruit and vegetables, to keep you in shape all through your
holiday! If you’re feeling peckish there are all sorts of tasty little dishes to enjoy while in the sun, and new this year, we have the famous Barbarac

The pool, a place to make friends

It’s around the pool, the veritable heart of the Château, that many friendships have begun. The beauty of the spot and the warm welcome of our professional teams, contribute to the relaxed atmosphere, as two regular guests Pascal and Dominique explain: “the swimming pool is such a magical place for several reasons; exceptional grounds, an unbelievable view, first class infrastructures, a refined deco, a hospitable team, quality menus… Nothing on the Riviera can compare! It’s here that we met our best friends”.

Glamour : le film La Piscine 

de Jacques Deray fête ses 50 ans

(Hommage à Michel Legrand)

This classic in French cinema, first shown in 1968, the legendary actors, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin and Maurice Ronet, were filmed around a superb pool in a secret villa in Ramatuelle, the story was of two men, each trying to attract the favours of a woman. The music was by Michel Legrand who also composed for other legendary French films as well as The Thomas Crown Affair, he was also the sponsor of the Messardière Novel Prize of summer 2015. The collaborators of the Château at the time, remember him with emotion, he honoured us with his presence, accompanied by his wife, the actress Macha Méril.

Michel Legrand, Macha Meril et Didier van Cauwelaert lors du Prix Messardière en 2015


le Soleil d’Eau bar

Our bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink around the pool or in the comfort of one of our lounges close to the gastronomical restaurant l’Acacia.

The wood, the glass, the alabaster and the refined fabrics… a nice blend of soft lighting and elements tempt you to enjoy a glass of champagne, a glass of good wine or a cocktail at any time of day or in the evening… all this with an exquisite view of the sea.

Cocktail Le Soleil d’eau

Bombay gin, liqueur St-Germain, kiwi, fresh mint, lime juice cordial, Schweppes Premium Matcha, this is the new recipe of the successful cocktail that shares the same name as our bar.

Cocktail l’Abeille

Based on honey from our gardens, Jack Daniel’s, liqueur de St-Germain, mint, Schweppes Premium ginger ale, the cocktail Abeille (the bee cocktail) is a delicious nectar to be sipped slowly.

The detox juice

This chases the toxins from your organism, facilitates the natural drainage, boosts your immune defences and gives you energy, this is a great way to feel good! Pineapple, mint, lemon, orange grapefruit, ginger, beetroot, carrot, celery, spinach, water melon… the best fruits and vegetables of the season are juiced upon request by our bar staff, to offer you all the possible vitamins and nutriments.

Kiddies cocktails

Concerned about the nutritional balance of your children, the management of the Château de la Messardière proposes a menu of fresh fruit cocktails for your little princes and princesses. The MINI BB (strawberry, raspberry, apple juice and vanilla syrup), the SHIRLEY TEMPLE (syrup of strawberry candy and lemonade), the GRUMPY (strawberry, raspberry, lococo caraïbos), the MAYA (mangoe, pineapple juice and white peach), they are all excellent alternatives to over sweetened drinks and sodas.

In July and August, every evening when the weather permits, from 7 30pm to 10 30pm, enjoy our musical cocktail evenings rhythmed by live musicians under the stars on the outside terrace.


L’Opéra vous projette dans une expérience unique

au cœur du village de Saint-Tropez.

Le restaurant imaginé comme une arène mêle avec

raffinement une gastronomie d’exception, un univers

glamour et fastueux, des shows modernes et créatifs,

et un club privé.

L’Opera is a unique experience in the heart of the

Saint-Tropez village. Built as an arena, the restaurant

mixes with refinement an exceptional gastronomy.

Every dinner will delight in soaking up the glamorous

and sumptuous atmosphere, be enthralled by the

creative and modern shows and enjoy the seclusion

of the private club.

Le Spa Valmont & Cinq Mondes

In the heart of the Spa of the Château de la Messardière, the prestigious maisons Valmont & Cinq Mondes propose some exceptional treatments in exclusivity in Saint-Tropez.

The Spa of the Château de la Messardière offers personalized high quality care rituals with the new product Soin Pureté des Alpes Valmont. Much more than a deep skin cleanser, it gets rid of impurities, both gently and comfortably. In 12 stages from make up removal to the final touch, Pureté des Alpes purifies and refines the texture of the skin and it is perfect for all types of skin. An exceptional ritual in the new range of Purity cleansers (see the details in the Valmont pages).

Beauty and well being rituals by Cinq Mondes

Sublime legacies of ancestral recipes, the Cinq Mondes treatments combine advanced cosmetology and natural active ingredients. Also new, is the anti age massage treatment KO BI DO with energizing properties, anti wrinkle, lifting and draining to smooth the skin and revive the radiance of your complexion. Known for their well being effects for thousands of years, Massages du Monde takes you on a very refreshing sensory journey. 

In the heart of the Spa of the Château, each therapist is known for his or her expertise and manual techniques. For your comfort, the massages can take place in the heart of the spa, on the sea view terrace or around the panoramic swimming pool.

Global beauty

Hair removal, dyeing of eyelashes and eyebrows, beauty of the hands and feet with Kure Bazaar, application of semi-permanent nail varnish and treatements for men too…. This wide range of global beauty treatment is proposed in our exceptional surroundings.


An enchanted Paradise for princes and princesses

In the midst of our fabulous 10 hectare park where your children will love to play, admire the swans, the ducks and the colourful flowers, there is a surprise! A playground in natural wood where they can pretend to be the adventurers of the Château!

During their stay, whether with their parents or a group leader, our young friends can use the swings or play various balancing games. The smaller children can invent stories in Hansel and Gretel’s house while the older, braver ones can act out fairy tales in the square tower with it’s two slides. This playful atmosphere is magical for the children in the garden in the shade of the pine trees away from the pool and the rooms in respect for your privacy.

A restful spot for meditation and excercise

A green diamond with a magical view of the vineyards and Pampelonne beach. Flowered paths in the heart of nature, lava benches, a resting place in the pavilion that overlooks the pond. The perfect place to walk, read or listen to music in the shade of a parasol pine tree.

A ground for playing pétanque, like the Place des Lices

The pétanque ground is the ideal spot to meet friends at the end of the day to share a fun moment together! You can practice there before going down to play on the Place des Lices. If you make your request beforehand, our concierges will arrange to have a set of boules at your disposal and organize tea or cocktails for you while enjoying the art of living on the French Riviera!

Jardin Tropézina

Our beach on Pampelonne:  Jardin Tropézina

Not far from the Château, the renowned Jardin Tropézina at Pampelonne, presents it’s new, natural solar look.

Created in 1962 and managed since 1977 by Patrick Germain
and Alain Badel, joined this year by Mathieu Zucchiatti, in charge of Dolceva in Saint-Tropez and La Folie Douce in Méribel in winter, the beach of the Château de la Messardière, Jardin Tropézina, resumes all the magic of Pampelonne with a little supplement of charm: the proximity of some typical Mediterranean vegetation, like an oasis on the sea. Under the impetus of the Pampelonne development scheme, the new architecture of the site evokes a Mediterranean holiday home on the seaside. The public areas, the bar, the covered restaurant and the terrace are places where the guests may contemplate the bay surrounded by the different types of pine trees. The natural, contemporary timber architecture has a landscaped look to it. The restaurant has been awarded the title of “Maître Restaurateur” and emphasises the home-made dishes while honouring a local, seasonal Mediterranean menu that throughout the year, never forgets its close bonds to the region’s community projects.

Special attentions for the guests of the Château

– Mattress and parasol (depending on availablilty) and
aperitif offered to the guests of the hotel who lunch or dine here, whatever the season.

– Free shuttle service between the Château de la Messardière and Jardin Tropézina 7 days a week, all day and all evening.

The beach welcomes you for lunch every day of the week and for dinner in the evenings in July and August.

325 allée de la Mer – Ramatuelle

T. +33 (0)4 94 97 36 78


Une pépite au cœur de Saint-Tropez

Niché dans les ruelles pittoresques de Saint-Tropez, le restaurant Dolceva by Marco Garfagnini, vous invite à voyager dans un monde de saveurs et raffinement à l’italienne. Un coin à part où cuisine gastronomique et service décontracté se mêlent pour vous faire passer un moment d’exception.

Loin de la foule et de la démesure, c’est dans un cadre typiquement méditerranéen que le Chef Luca Crostelli revisite les grands classiques transalpins.

La carte des vins est inspirée et les pâtisseries du Chef Leonardo Di Teodoro sauront séduire les palais sucrés les plus exigeants.

À la carte, vous trouverez une cuisine gastronomique étonnante avec les Scampi mostarda di cedro, Conchiglioni agli Agrumi, Panne Acida e Erba Cipollina et la magnifique Tagliata Di Manzo, Rucola e Pomodorini.

La carte signée Marco Garfagnini vous fait découvrir l’Italie autrement vers des saveurs intenses et raffinées avec une touche de modernité qui sublime la cuisine italienne.

T. 04 94 97 46 10

19 rue des Feniers – Saint-Tropez

Bay of Pampelonne : a rebirth

A new chapter in the history of Pampelonne beach has begun this season. What are the changes generated by the plans of the commune of Ramatuelle ? Which establishments and services will you find on the beach this summer ? Which are the new establishments ? Which ones have disappeared ?

Four and a half kilometres of coast land and 27 hectares of magnificent beach bordered by vineyards and pine forests, mythical estalishments frequented by film stars, powerful industrial business people  and the Happy Few of the planet. Twenty six new plots have been attributed for a period of twelve years… welcome to the new Pampelonne beach !

70% of the establishments are back

It’s with great pleasure that you will find some of the most famous beach establishments: Club 55, Moorea, Tahiti Beach, Le Bar du Soleil (the four are on private plots of land), Jardin Tropézina, L’Esquinade (Brigitte
Bardot’s favourite), Les Murènes, Cabane Bambou, Tropicana, Indie Beach House and Neptune. Some of the well known beaches have moved, Les Palmiers and L’Orangerie have moved to the Tamaris area.

Six new operators

Three beaches linked to hotels in Saint-Tropez or Ramatuelle are now present at Pampelonne, La Réserve à la plage (La Réserve hotel, Ramatuelle) in the Epi area, Byblos Beach (Byblos Hotel) and La Serena(Hotel de Paris, Saint-Tropez) Boulevard Patch. As for Tropézina, the partner beach of the Hôtel de la Messardière since 1997, they stay in the Tahiti area. The beach Loulou à Ramatuelle managed by Gilles Malafosse (Restaurants Palais de Tokyo and Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris)  will welcome their customers all year round in the Tamaris area. The Plamayigos and Alma beaches are installed close to the Toison d’Or. Route de l’Epi near the Nikki beach (club located of private land), the new establishment Verde by Yeeels you will be welcomed by the director Yannick Maillot.

Possibilities of opening all year round

The beaches Tropézina, Loulou à Ramatuelle, Les Palmiers, L’Orangerie, Cabane Bambou, Indie Beach, L’Esquinade and Tropicana, may, if they wish, stay open all year round or for a minimum period of 48 weeks according to the official documents. “The commune of Ramatuelle reminds you that over a century ago, the fashion of swimming in the sea and the sea air on the Riviera during the winter, were well known virtues !” Certain beach restaurants will be allowed to open in the evenings as long as the ambience remains rural rather than urban.

An architecture integrated into the natural 

surroundings and first class services

Faithful to the tradition of an authentic beach but also to it’s glamorous image, Pampelonne will be “more natural”, the architecture will be integrated into the surroundings and the constructions will be made with natural materials and pastel colours, there will be something for everyone… restaurants, sunbeds, boutiques, swimming lessons, massages and, of course, the public beaches.

A symbol of 21st century tourism

Over and above holidays to suit everyone’s budget, Ramatuelle has made sure that all the establishments include access to those who are physically challenged or handicapped and that the rest rooms should be available, free of charge, for the people on the public beaches. Pampelonne will need to reconstitute the dune and the exceptional flora that goes with it, hopefully with the help of a generous sponsor. Roland Bruno, the Mayor of Ramatuelle, is persuaded that with the melting pot of establishments, Pampelonne will be an excellent 21st century seaside destination.

Pampelonne 2019 en chiffres 

4,5 kilomètres et 27 hectares de sable

21 lots « Établissements de plage » dont 6 nouveaux.

2 lots « Loisirs nautiques motorisés »

3 lots « Loisirs Nautiques non motorisés »

Des concessions attribuées aux exploitants par la commune de Ramatuelle pour une durée de 12 ans.

Les absents en 2019



Les nouveaux établissements de plage 



à LA PLAGE, verde by yeeels, Alma beach

Les nouveaux établissements de loisirs sportifs 



L’Atelier San Gregorio

The passion of architecture, from father to son

For the last 20 years, the San Gregorio workshop has been undertaking, with passion and fidelity, the transformations at the Château de la Messsardière, while, at the same time, signing many other architectural wonders.

Finished in 1904, the Château de la Messardière, property of Henry Brisson and Louise Dupuy d’Anjeac, was the favourite place of the socialites at the time. It awoke again from its long sleep, after a complete renovation of the building by Jean-Claude Rochette, Chief architect of historical monuments. Eleven years later, the new owner gave Bruno Bortoluzzi the mission of restructuring and modernizing the grand house so as to turn it into a luxury hotel. The volumes were transformed and opened on to the park, a Spa and a top class gym were created.

In 2014, Julien Bortoluzzi, the architect, prolonged the work of his father, by completely renovating and transforming the two levels of the central part of the Château, refurbishing 50 rooms, transforming the boutique, re-designing the bar and the reception area, reconfigurating the outside spaces and the bathrooms. L’Atelier also imagined the new natural and solar look of the beach restaurant Jardin Tropezina, that you can discover this season on Pampelonne beach.

Large scale projects

Created in the Parisian region by Bruno Bortoluzzi the San Gregorio workshop moved to the Riviera in 2008. Graduate of the Superior School of Architecture Lumini in Marseille, the project chief in the different architecture agencies, Julien Bortoluzzi, manager of the agency, orchestrates the contemporary projects. Regularly solicited to conceive individual housing projects, the San Gregorio workshop is well versed in the administrative, economical and ecological constraints that such projects require. The architecture agency accompanies the project managers from the drawing stages right up to the delivery of the work. L’Atelier developed more and more and became more diversified and wide spread. three new branches were opened in 2018, one in les Issambres, one in the centre of Marseille and one in Paris.

L’Atelier San Gregorio in figures:

-Approximately 30 villas per year, construction and renovations

-4 complete reconversions of apartments

-3 residential buildings under construction and 6 studies underway

-7 restaurants including 4 on the beach

-2 architecture agencies

-2 boutiques

-2 hotels including the luxury Château de la Messardière


Atelier San Gregorio

Place San Peire 83380 Les Issambres

T. 04 94 45 46 25

595 Avenue de la Corniche d’Azur 83370 Fréjus

T. 04 94 96 40 84

8 rue Sainte 13001 Marseille

T. 04 65 57 36 47

22 rue Michel-Le-Comte 75003 Paris

T. 06 73 00 62 99