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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Hotel We Love: Epi-Plage, St. Tropez

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Hotel We Love: Epi-Plage, St. Tropez

Henley Vazquez

Epi-Plage

St. Tropez, France


St. Tropez’s reputation as a hard-partying beach resort is only half accurate. Beyond the thumping club beats and starlet-draped sunbeds remains the soul of the 60s, when Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger swung this quiet village into focus. Many of the best hotels are in or near town, but for families, we love this low-key boutique resort set directly on Pampelonne Beach.

Basics

  • A 1960s retro-chic motel with ten cottages, two swimming pools and an enviable beachfront location
  • Yoga and pilates studios at the hotel with a roster of international teachers that do month-long residencies
  • Classic St. Tropez boho vibe that feels authentically French and worlds away from the flashy celeb yacht hopping nearby

Bedtime

  • Chambre 9, the suite, has a large living room separated by a door that works well as a children’s bedroom.
  • Chambre 5 has a romantic, gauze-draped four-poster bed plus a small extra room to add a crib or a cot
  • Chambre 2 has a Balinese look and opens up to the main pool

Bests

  • Wake up on famous Pampelonne Beach everyday while others fight the traffic over.
  • Easy access to the beach clubs.
  • The hotel’s owners donate a portion of every room rate to a children’s charity.

Buts

  • The town of St. Tropez is a ten-minute drive from the hotel.
  • Nikki Beach, with a rowdy day-party scene, is directly next door (but so is Jumeaux, ideal for families)
  • Rooms are more country than high-design, not a fit for those who like contemporary furnishings

Epi-Plage

Route de L'Epi
Ramatuelle, France
Tel: (33) 4-9812-9595
www.epiplage.com