Back to the Roots in St.Tropez

17. Mai 2019

Many come to Saint-Tropez for its party spirit. Others prefer the secret refuges hidden from view to experience the authentic Saint-Tropez of yesteryear; not the favourite celebrity summer hotspot but the fishing village from the 60s and 70s. Lou Pinet is dedicated to connoisseurs of discretion, to those in love with the original Saint-Tropez spirit, to those who refuse to choose between dizzying thrills and absolute peace and to all those who want both – when and only when they desire

A slow-living paradise

Five minutes from the Place de Lices, towards the Salins headland, the Hotel Lou Pinet has the bohemian Saint-Tropez charm that cap- tivated Françoise Sagan, Boris Vian, Picasso and Juliette Gréco. Like a slice of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the Provençal sunshine! In 1955, Roger Vadim arrived, “And God created woman”. And Brigitte Bardot invented Saint-Tropez. Time seemed to stand still at this particular moment at the Hotel Lou Pinet, the boho-chic refuge miraculously sheltered from the lively surroundings. The type of place you share only with your best friends.

Architect, interior decorator and designer, Charles Zana inherited his acute artistic sensibility from his art collector father. He has gone on to create numerous private homes worldwide, often for collectors. Steeped in Mediterranean culture, the southern native has a particular fondness for Saint-Tropez where he often spends his holidays. At the Hotel Lou Pinet, Charles designed the spaces and passages around light to bring sophistication and intimacy to the hideaway. He also drew on Provence’s tremendous decorative arts heritage, from glass to ceramic, inspired by artists such as Matisse, Calder and Picasso – they too captivated by the beauty of the South of France. With Charles’ cul- ture and taste for elegance, Hotel Lou Pinet’s decor features numerous period pieces from this era.

“Ex-fan des sixties, petite baby doll…” While the shadow of Jane Birkin in her white lace mini dress and wicker basket lingers at the harbour, the Hotel Lou Pinet takes guests on a journey through time… to holidays and carefree abandon. Head to the lounge for a warm welcome to this luxury home away from home before following the path to your room over beautifully aged flagstones half-covered with vegetation.

Glance at the swimming pool, the largest of any Saint-Tropez hotel, which takes majestic centre stage on a huge terrace, giving structure to the hotel’s three houses.
Golden sunlight streams through in total harmony with the natural decor, featuring the linen, ceramic, rope, terracotta and whitewash that inspired 20th-century artists, from Chagall to Cocteau. In this sophisticated, understated ambiance, the rounded, almost organic shapes pay tribute to 60–70s style, from the layout of the rooms to the large banquettes and lamps designed by Charles Zana in the dining room. Expect period knick-knacks, old plates on walls and sculptures. Each object carefully handpicked to showcase the region’s arts and crafts heritage, from Vallauris pottery to Biot glassware. Here, hand-made with love has found its ultimate canvas.

Images: Courtesy of the Hotel

Interior Design: Charles Zana


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