Hôtel La Ponche
Once frequented by Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre, this former fishermen’s bar is now a small luxury hotel in a quiet part of St.-Tropez. About five minutes from the port, the pink-stucco building overlooks the small beach where Roger Vadim filmed his 1956 movie And God Created Woman, starring Brigitte Bardot. Large windows admit plenty of sunlight into the 18 guest rooms, which are decorated with tiled floors, white linens, fresh flowers, and original watercolor seascapes by artist Jacques Cordier, the late husband of proprietor Madame Duckstein. The on-site restaurant serves fresh local seafood and French wines on a waterfront patio.