While the Mediterranean season has already come to a close on the Riviera, St Tropez presents one final hurrah for yacht enthusiasts. Les Voiles de St Tropez is a week-long regatta that hosts around 300 yachts from around the world and attracts thousands of spectators who enjoy the timeless sailing competition.
This regatta is a decades-old institution and has developed a reputation for laid-back luxury and fun. This year’s Voiles de St Tropez took place from 30th September to 8th October 2017 and transformed the resort town into a mecca for sailing. St Tropez was also a hive of activity on land as spectators and supporters celebrated with parties. There are five components that ensure you’ll enjoy the most luxurious experience possible while in town for future regattas.
1. A Helicopter Transfer to St Tropez
Wherever you are based along the Riviera (and an array of other locations), you can arrive in style by booking a private helicopter transfer. A Cannes to St Tropez helicopter transfer only takes 15 minutes and can connect with flights at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport. Start your glamorous trip off on the right foot by taking a helicopter transfer straight to St Tropez with up to five of your friends. It’s the only type of travel that can compare in comfort and exclusivity to a superyacht or private jet and you’ll get breathtaking views of the Cote d’Azur from above. If you’re strapped for time, a luxury helicopter transfer to St Tropez is the best way to arrive.
2. Parties and Festivities
The parties go on from sunset to sunrise and the festive atmosphere continues throughout the day. There is a traditional Boules competition in Place des Lices, a crew parade, live music and entertainment, as well as the ‘Sardinade’ traditional sardine feast and dance.
Unofficial event parties take place on shore and aboard luxury yachts. Les Voiles Village is the main centre of all-day entertainment starting with breakfast and ending each evening with a party around the bar, where crews can discuss the day’s races in an uplifting environment of like-minded people. On the last day, those with an invitation can attend the awards ceremony, followed by a brunch for crews and music at the Citadelle.
During the races, spectators can take a boat out for closer viewing. Since most attendees come every year just to glimpse some of the most famous vintage yachts ever built, it’s the perfect way to get close to the action while enjoying a drink on the sun deck. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with friends and family or do something special for a corporate event. Influential brokers and yacht owners attend Les Voiles de St Tropez, so some people attend to take advantage of networking opportunities. By night, the yachts come to life with exclusive dinners and cocktail parties.
If you have berthed your yacht in St Tropez, you also have secured the most ideally-located luxury accommodation in town and can party until the sun comes up in comfort. Because Les Voiles is preceded by the Monaco Yacht Show, you can combine the two events by cruising down the coast to St Tropez. Alternatively, St Tropez is well placed to stop off at some of the beautiful coastal resorts and villages along the Riviera, such as Eze or the sophisticated town of Cannes.
4. Top Restaurants
Befitting its status as a luxury destination, St Tropez has a range of top-tier restaurants to dine at. Tahiti Beach is not only one of Pampelonne’s finest dining establishments, but it also benefits from a helicopter landing spot. The beachside restaurant offers great views of the Gulf of St Tropez and consistently good food comprising Mediterranean and international fare, including freshly caught fish. Japanese restaurant Le Sakura is also on the premises and hosts parties as you enjoy dishes from its open kitchen.
The most exclusive meal in town comes courtesy of Arnaud Donckele at the 3-Michelin-star La Vague d’Or Restaurant. This is the place to enjoy the top-class gastronomy for which the French Riviera is renowned. Another celebrity chef, Christophe Leroy, owns the more low-key Table du Marche, which doubles up as a smart bistro upstairs and a gourmet patisserie on the downstairs terrace.
5. Hotels and Villas
With over 4,000 skippers, crew members and yacht owners participating in Les Voiles de St Tropez, they need somewhere to stay. The centrally located Hotel de Paris is the only hotel in St Tropez with a rooftop pool and it also has a Clarins spa and fitness suite. The foyer is filled with contemporary art, setting the tone for this sumptuously chic hotel. If you would prefer a luxury private villa, St Tropez has plenty of those too and many of them have panoramic views of Les Voiles from immaculate gardens, terraces and spacious balconies. They are tastefully decorated, staffed with personal chefs, housekeepers and cleaners, and most come with special concierge services. Villa rentals ensure privacy and are better for hosting gatherings and dinners in a much more intimate atmosphere.
If you would like to reserve a helicopter from Cannes to St Tropez or any other route, please contact Monacair for more information.