Stay in a Philippe Starcke Masterpiece on the French Riviera

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Just 20 minutes from Saint Tropez, this tiny little boutique hotel that opened in June this year boasts rooms and suites designed by legendary architect Philippe Starck. Baroque Travel pays a visit

Lily of the Valley is an exquisite property in the village of La Croix-Valmer on the Saint-Tropez peninsula. Set on top of a hill surrounded by a protected nature reserve, the hotel offers breathtaking ocean views and is just a short stroll from sandy 5km-long Gigaro Beach. Created to blend harmoniously into the environment by famous architect Philippe Starck, Lily of the Valley is a beautiful place.

At its heart lies a wellness center that is open year-round, offering steam rooms and a 25-meter swimming pool. Holistic and natural treatments on offer include detox and energy programs as well as immersive gym, sport and yoga offerings.

Dining at Lily of the Valley’s two Provencal and Mediterranean restaurants is a gourmet adventure paired with stunning views. Cuisine at the restaurants, which are overseen by chef Vincent Maillard, is healthy, generous and organic and menus include vegetarian and vegan options. Talking of views… one of the two bars is perfectly positioned to enjoy the sunset with a drink in hand. And for something completely different, make sure to enjoy a sunset picnic on Gigaro Beach – the hotel will organize this for you!

This luxury hotel, which is part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group, offers just 38 rooms, 6 suites and one 5-bedroomed villa for the ultimate indulgence. Rooms and suites feature private terraces all overlooking the azure sea. Created to resemble a village comprising houses blending into the lush landscape, Philippe Starck describes this extraordinary hotel as a “fantasy of Antiquity” that he modernized with contemporary materials.

Starck, whose international reputation precedes him, is an inventive architect, always focusing on making life better for the greatest number of people. He constantly pushes boundaries and has become recognized as a visionary, a contemporary artist and designer whose work is unsurpassed. Lily of the Valley not only adapts to nature, thanks to Starck’s deft creativity. It’s also inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon, ancient Provencal abbeys and Californian villas, resulting in a place that is not only beautiful, but also comfortable, generous and very much like staying in a work of art.

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