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 beautiful history of the Château

It has survived the centuries without losing an ounce of it’s beauty, transformed into a palatial hotel 30 years ago, every season, thanks to you, it is rejuvenated…

The name Messardière goes back to the reign of Charles Martel, Charlemagne’s grandfather. It is linked to the Frankish dynasty of kings and it was in 1669 when Renée, the daughter of the Lord of the Messardière, married the Count Léonor Le Brun that the coat of arms of the dynasty appeared with the motto “Victor et Inermis”, Victorious even when unarmed.

Finished in 1904, the Château was the superb wedding gift for an unusual couple, Henry Brisson de la Messardière, an officer and an excellent cavalier and Louise Dupuy d’Anjeac, a young, very modern artist. Two children were born to the couple and life at
the Château was happy and sweet, rhythmed by long horseback rides and piano melodies. Fate would have it that Henry died prematurely and to avoid being completely ruined, his dynamic young widow decided that she would open the Château to high class guests and young ladies from good families who wanted to perfect their education. 

But Louise who excelled in society life was not a good administrator. Between the huge receptions and the grand parties the domaine declined. She was obliged to sell, the Château changed hands several times and began it’s low dark period, rumour had it that it was haunted!

The Château began it’s re-birth in 1989 when it was restored and enlarged under the aegis of the head of Historical Monuments architect, Jean-Claude Rochette who added two wings facing the sea, a central swimming pool and renovated the adjacent
farmhouse. It was transformed into a luxury hotel in July 1990. here, the walls have a story or two to tell…

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


any time of night and day

What is life like at the Château? It is being able to enjoy the pleasures of the table at any time of night and day.

10 O’clock, breakfast in the sunshine at l’Acacia

A green tea, freshly pressed orange juice, a fruit tart and vanilla flavoured rice pudding. A good way to start a beautiful sunny day in Saint-Tropez.

1pm, a refreshing lunch around the pool on the terrace of the restaurant A Ciel Ouvert

A sea bream ceviche in an emulsion of coconut milk and lime juice, a grilled filet of beef, mashed potatoe with tartuffo cream, a glass of rosé de Provence followed by a Pavlova of seasonal fruits… a light but flavourful menu before enjoying a cool swim.

5pm, tanning around the Piscine Miroir

A bowl of red berries, whipped cream and vanilla ice-cream, a freshly pressed lemon juice, enjoy!

7.30pm, a musical cocktail (in July and August), on the terrace of the bar “Le Soleil d’Eau”

An Oli Summer (Oli’Gin, St. Germain liqueur, mandarine and lemon juice, chestnut syrup), shrimp tempura and toasted truffle bread, savour the magic of the sunset on the bay.

9pm, dinner under the stars of the gastronomical restaurant l’Acacia

Steamed lobster ravioli with baby leeks and tatragon shoots, a rack of lamb with wild mountain herbs, a selection of regional cheeses with honey from our gardens, a good glass of Bordeaux, citrus fruit, light cream with fresh ewe’s cheese, fruit emulsion, mandarine sorbet with fresh mint… a sweet symphony in the starlight.

5am, After a crazy, fun evening in Saint-Tropez, I’m feeling peckish and call Room Service for a club sandwich “Compte de la Messardière” and a Mariage Frères tea, metis rouge without tanin, while snuggled in bed… that’s what life is like at the Château!

Happy Breakfast

Breakfast, the essential meal to start the day, is in the forefront of our pastry chef’s mind, Alexia Frésia is the creator of the new menu of tasty light products.

Her home made tartlets with delicious seasonal fruits (strawberries, apricots, figs, rhubarb…) are some of the favourites, but Alexia has imagined many other delights for you to enjoy in the sunshine of the terrace of the gastronomical restaurant l’Acacia!  Brioches to be sliced with sugar crystals, natural, with chocolate or pink praline, delicious apple or pear crumbles, sweet madeleines, cookies, muffins, pancakes and crepes that children love, panna cotta with red berry coulis, vanilla flavoured rice pudding and stewed fruits with no added sugar complete the tasty range with creativity, flavour and elegance. Contemporary French pastries at their best.

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.

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.



Discover the new PURITY line in the heart of the Château de la Messardière

Privileged partner of Valmont, the Swiss cellular cosmetic expert, the Spa of the Château de la Messardière presents their new PURITY line which combines sensoriality, efficiency and well-being for the skin.

PURITY targets the skin system favouring a healthy balance, thanks to the waters from Swiss glaciers and the selected pro-biotics. This collection of nine cleansing treatments, with evolutive textures, offers you an exclusive beauty break in Saint-Tropez!

The refreshing jelly ICY FALLS face cleanser

ICY FALLS is massaged directly on to the made-up face, so as to totally eliminate every single pigment. During the massage the texture is transformed into a delicious fragrance and removes the impurities from the skin.

The nourishing cleansing cream WONDER FALLS

On contact with the epidermis, the texture of this unctuous cream becomes a fine, rich oil. WONDER FALLS makes the skin radiant and smooth. A voluptuous cleansing!

The face cleansing mousse BUBBLE FALLS

This bubble bath for the face is spread on the skin like a crackling cloud. Sulphate free in respect for the skin, BUBBLE FALLS cleanses the epidermis without removing it’s natural layer of protection.

The two-phase eye make-up remover BI-FALLS

Combining strength and softness, the non-greasy formula eliminates the most resistant pigments while respecting the fragile skin around the eyes.

Face make-up removing water AQUA FALLS

It captures the impurities while leaving a sensation of comfort and freshness on the skin. No need to rinse or tonify, AQUA FALLS leaves your skin perfectly clean.

The fluid make-up removing cream FLUID FALLS and the invigorating tonic VITAL FALLS

The star cleansers of Valmont are sublimated by the new packaging. The WHITE FALLS make-up remover becomes FLUID FALLS, a fluid cream of unrivalled lightness. Invigorating tonic, VITAL FALLS is a necessary complement for daily skin cleansing.

The exfoliating, revitalizing face cream FACE EXFOLIANT

The ultra creamy texture and micro particles guarantee a gentle exfoliation for even the most sensitive skins. To be used once a week to maintain the sofness of the skin and the cell renewal process.

The exfoliating mask PURIFYING PACK

Black silt, green clay, extracts of burdock and pink seaweed, make the PURIFYING PACK, a cleansing and purifying mask that absorbs the impurities, matifies the complexion and comfortably refines the skin, without drying it. The complexion is fresh and radiant.

The expertise of Sophie and Didier Guillon

Day after day for over 30 years, the Valmont group is alive and nourished by the creativity of it’s owners, Sophie and Didier Guillon, their motto being “When art meets beauty”. They particularly enjoy Saint-Tropez and the Château de la Messardière, that has been a member for six years now, of the exclusive club of the prestigious Valmont Spas.

Sophie et Didier Guillon,
propriétaires du groupe Valmont

Cinq Mondes

In the heart of the exceptional spa at the Château de la Messardière, the laboratory Cinq Mondes invites you to discover an incredible anti-age protocol, the massage treatment KO BI DO, a supreme ritual of youth, inspired by ancestral Japanese art, the benefits of which are optimised thanks to the application of the cream GETO SUPRÊME for a holistic approach to beauty.

The KO BI DO Suprême

KO BI DO is a traditional Japanese art, a massage technique and treatment, founded on the energetic circulation, mastered in 1472 by two Amna masters. In the heart of the Cinq Mondes Spas, the therapists interpret the exceptional treatment with a programme “50 youth gestures” enriched with Dermapuncture techniques, dermo-kneading on 33 of the face muscles, acupuncture without needles, and energetic brushing to reactivate the energy circulation in the neck and face meridians. A natural elimination of toxins is activated, the skin looks younger and fuller.

Géto Suprême, the cream

An exceptional anti-age global treatment, Géto Suprême has the faculty of acting as an efficient prevention after the age of 30 and as a correction for the more mature skin. The secret lies in the Géto, a “long life” plant from Okinawa that awakes the cells with the art of inter-cellular socialization that is the key to regenerating the skin which becomes firmer, more dense and elastic, the wrinkles are smoother and the oval of the face becomes firmer, the skin is hydrated and the complexion is more radiant. The cream serum takes you on an olfactory journey with fragrant white flowers, green tea and bamboo forests. In south Japan the Géto is known as the “Flower of Paradise”…

Laboratory policy

1. The main active ingredients of biological or natural origin

2. Ingredients strictly excluded:

– parabens and phenoxyethanol

– silicones and mineral oils

– artificial colouring

3. Dermatologically tested

Le salon de coiffure

The best in beauty

The hair salon “Nelly Cava hair stylist and colourist” of the Château de la Messardière, orchestrated by experts, will sublimate your appearance.

From Courchevel to Saint-Tropez, Nelly Cava and her team offer the best services in French hair styling. To enhance the shine of your hair, to moisturize it and make it silky in only 25 minutes, she has chosen the Italian brand Nashi, based on argan oil and flaxseed oil to rejuvenate your hair thanks to the Nashi Filler Therapy. The tints and the streaks are signed Wella professional.

Nelly also proposes the best in blow dried styling, glamorous chignons, fashionable cuts and all other top standard possibilities for your hair. 

She also uses Shu Uemura, Revitalash, Myriam k et Ghd.

Nelly Hair Salon ouvert de 10 h à 12 h et de 16 h à 20 h – 7 jours / 7, 

Le mardi sur rendez-vous

En juin, juillet et août ouvert de 10 h à 20 h – 7 jours / 7 

Poste 28 – Ligne directe : +33 (0)4 94 56 76 86