Lily of the Valley

La Croix-Valmer, Côte D'Azur, France

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley is a 5-star luxury hotel that's open all year round, and dedicated to wellness, weight loss and sport. Just a few minutes' drive away from famous Saint-Tropez, it's surrounded by the untouched landscape of the Cap Lardier estate. This protected area is one of the green lungs of the French Riviera, and overlooks the Plage de Gigaro – a wild, fine sandy beach, which stretches over three miles.

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Facilities

  • Perched on the top of a hill, the hotel boasts 38 rooms and six suites with a surface area of 35 to 105 m2. Below the hotel and facing the Beach Club are eight pool suites, their size ranging from 86 to 210 m2.

  • Both spacious and elegant, the 6 suites at Lily of the Valley have a size of 80 to 105 m2. Facing the sea, they’re surrounded by pine trees or open onto a private garden. These suites consist of two comfortably sized rooms, or one large space. All Lily of the Valley suites feature a large, 30 m2 terrace, which looks onto the Mediterranean or the Cap Lardier estate
– the green lungs of the Riviera.

  • The rooms all have that inimitable Starck style, with abstract-art cushions, thatched lampshades and curvy pottery, so you have a lot to look at – but in the sea-facing rooms, they almost needn’t have bothered. Book a Med-facing Deluxe Sea View Room or a Deluxe Sea Suite and watch those azure waves sparkle.

  • Gym, Gigaro Bay fine sand beach, sauna, hammam, snow shower and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: beach bag, sun hat, locally made La Bottega bath products, TV, tablets, minibar, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making kit, and free bottled water.

  • There are two lengthy pools, both outdoor and heated, but the one in the Wellness Village is adults only.

  • The beach is within walking distance of this bucolic bolthole – and luckily for you, sunloungers, parasols and chilled rosé await down at the Lily by the Sea beach club.

Wine & Dine

  • There are two: Vista and Village Restaurant. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the latter has a plant-based lean, since it’s in the health-focused haven that is the Wellness Village, but fear not: fabulous French fare is alive and well at Vista, which has a star sommelier to encourage decadence. As well as marvellous views, Med-facing Vista has Continental favourites like vitello tonnato and rock-fish soup with rouille, and an excellent catch of the day if you don’t want to undo all of your hard work in the spa. There’s also the Lily by the Sea beach club coming soon down on Gigaro Beach.

  • The hotel uses seasonal, organic and locally sourced produce where possible, along with planet-friendly cleaning and bath products, and lightbulbs.

  • In the Côtes de Provence heartland, it would be rude not to mainline the locally produced rosé: stake out a seat on the deck by the main pool and toast to blush-coloured wines everywhere (but especially here) or enjoy a tipple in the Beach Club. 

Wellness & SPA

  • The spa is actually an entire, 2,000sq m ‘village’, with seven treatment rooms and regular retreats (Ultra Sport, Ultra Weight Loss, Ultra Wellness), fitness classes ranging from aqua-biking to TRX and floating yoga, and high-tech Biologique Recherche Esthéderm treatments. There’s a naturopath, osteopath, fitness coach and dietician in residence, and you’ll be able to book in for restorative rituals such as Chinese tui na massages and other tricky-to-pronounce techniques (kansu bol, shiro abhyanga, udvartana…) as well as cryotherapy, radiofrequency (Indiba), pressotherapy and led light therapy. There's also a gym, fitness studios, a heated semi-Olympic pool, saunas, a steam room, and a snow shower.

Dresscode

  • Riviera chic. Check out their beach club store, they have a beautiful selection of beach essentials.

Budget

  • From EUR 780 / night
Local Guide

Explore St Tropez

  • If you're in town on a Tuesday or Saturday, don’t miss the market at Place des Lices.

Beaches

  • The famous Pampelonne beach is a 15 min drive.

Aperitivo

  • Senequier in St Tropez port - an institution.

Don't miss

  • Musée de l’Annonciade is one of the longest-established modern art galleries in France. House in an old chapel, it's home to the works of europe's finest artists.

How to get there

  • Fly into Nice airport which is roughly a 1 1/2h drive.
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