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Our score: 4.8/5.0

La Reserve Ramatuelle Hotel & Spa

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Buffet breakfast, served in the restaurant
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One 50 minute massage per room or junior suite or two 50 minute massages per suite or villa, per stay
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  • Leave the stress of Saint Tropez behind; come here in the high season
  • The sushi restaurant on the rooftop is a big plus in summer
  • Helicopter in at the height of the season; it is never, ever worth the gruelling drive from the airport
  • Visit some of the local restaurants in Ramatuelle, and have lunch at one of the beach clubs, the most famous, of course, being Club 55
Arrival experience

As you arrive through private gates, you drive into a very modern fronted building which, as intended, looks a bit like a ship. In the summer when the sail covers the terrace, I would imagine it is quite spectacular. As the doors were opened for me, I was helped out of the car by a member of the reception team, and as I walked through into the hotel entrance, the general manager was there to greet me. The check-in/reception area is spectacular, with cool, white furniture with a hint of 70’s retro and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto a small terrace.

What struck me immediately was the unbelievable beauty of the gardens, stretching for miles towards the green hills and on down to the azure Mediterranean waters. It took my breath away. I was checked-in quickly and sat down for lunch while my luggage was taken to my allocated Junior Suite. If I had needed bookings and help with activities or excursions, the concierge desk was there to help with the inside track; the team are very knowledgeable and efficient. Plus, they will diligently go through and reconfirm any existing bookings you may have upon arrival.

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Rooms and suites

All the rooms at La Reserve are very similar in décor and colour, with wengé wood floors, white and light wood retro furniture, large white sofas and taupe rugs. There is very little colour used other than in some of the artwork. Furniture is all designer, from names like B&B Italia, Flexform and Hans Wegner and all recreations of vintage pieces. Carpets are by Paola Lenti and Tai Ping. The bedroom was separated from the dressing room by a partial wall. The bed was in the middle of the space with small bedside tables (one with a vase of white roses) each side of the bed. The bed was so comfortable and the mattress and topper so heavenly, I had to force myself up and out each morning.

A large sofa was at the end of the bed looking out onto the small terrace and garden, and a console ran alongside the wall with a chair so it could also be used as a desk. A large basket of white orchids made me feel welcome, as well as the note from the general manager along with a bottle of rosé, and some fresh pastries. In one corner of the bedroom, there was a white, leather retro chair with matching footrest and on the other side a white rattan pouffe. The outside terrace had two sun loungers and an umbrella and a dining table with two chairs: a lovely spot for breakfast. The room had plenty of plug sockets but no USB points. The WiFi and phone signal were both strong.

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The bathroom

The bathroom was a good size with a double vanity and lots of space for personal toiletries. There was a large, glass walk-in shower with a rainfall head and a hand-held one; and a bath at the end which was horizontally placed so you could look out of the window if you turned your head. There was a generous number of gorgeous, fluffy white towels, beautiful bathrobes, slippers and a good hairdryer with easy access to the mirror. The lighting was very good, and there was a shaving/vanity mirror and scales to keep an eye on your weight during your stay. Amenities are made especially for the hotel using their fragrance, La Réserve, made up of jasmine, sandalwood, Turkish rose and neroli.

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Dining

There is only one restaurant here, run by Chef Eric Canino, called La Voile. It changes character successfully for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is very good (but not outstanding) and there are healthy options at each meal. Vegetables and herbs are grown in the gardens, and the chef is dedicated to providing healthy meals without using refined sugars or too much fat. I had breakfast, lunch and dinner here for the couple of nights I was in residence, and I enjoyed them all. I had a Nicoise salad for lunch one day which was very good. The breakfast buffet is excellent and provides everything from pastries, fruit, fresh yoghurts, juices, and nuts. The view from the restaurant is through floor-to-ceiling glass and offers a lovely vista over the bay.

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Other restaurant options

In the summer, the hotel opens a sushi restaurant on the rooftop which is rather special.

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Spa and wellness

The hotel has a huge and impressive spa which feels as though you are walking into a spa clinic, with its fascinating shark/light installation. It offers many lovely treatments from facials, body scrubs, hydrotherapy and Crème de la Mer treatments, osteopathy, massages, and personalised sessions designed to re-energise and detoxify. It has a fantastic gym with the latest Kinesis Cable equipment and Technogym machines. It’s in a superb space, cut out of the rock on one side with a glass wall on the other. It overlooks the gorgeous, indoor pool which opens onto a terrace with plenty of sun loungers for relaxing after a spa treatment or a workout. Book early to avoid disappointment as it’s very popular and services the hotel and the villas both. They also offer private Pilates and yoga lessons; I had a brilliant Pilates teacher for an hour which did me a world of good. They can also organise hikes and Nordic walks around the hills.

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Pool and beach

The hotel has a 30m outdoor pool with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. There is access to the water and beaches from the rear of the hotel, down a long stone staircase to a coastal, rocky walkway.

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Kids/teens facilities

There are no provisions made for kids; it is not an ideal spot for children although they are welcome.

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Staff and service

The staff are all very charming and eager to please. The service overall was excellent and the concierges outstanding. The turndown service at night was very good.  

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Guest profile

There were mainly European couples staying, and the restaurant attracts locals as well. There were no children there during my stay.

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Departure experience

Check-out was seamless, and my luggage was collected and placed in the taxi without me even really noticing. The GM came to say goodbye to me when I left.

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General information

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    How to get there

    1 hour 40 minutes by road transfer from Nice Airport

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    Accommodation

    28 Rooms & Suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi

    Wi-Fi

  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

  • Spa

    Spa

  • Gym

    Gym

  • Restaurants

    Restaurants

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