Hotel Lou Pinet reimagines a classic Saint-Tropez vacation through a laid-back atmosphere, high service standards, and a refined interior design that blends Provençal warmth with modernist design.
The buildings of Lou Pinet resemble traditional Provençal houses, with wooden shutters and terracotta-tiled roofs — and our first impression was that of arriving at a countryside home rather than a hotel. And we had plenty to compare it to, as our stay here was part of a hotel-hopping trip in Provence and Côte d’Azur. (Don’t miss our write-up: Seven Best Hotels and Resorts for a Great Road Trip in Provence).
First impressions aside, Lou Pinet is not just another charming villa with luxe credentials.
Lou Pinet Design
The hotel is flanked by thick greenery and slender pine trees, with modern art pieces dotting the gardens. The focal point is the gorgeous swimming pool area, the hotel’s beating heart.
Fueled by the love for Mediterranean culture and the 1960s glamor of Saint-Tropez, the designers of Lou Pinet created a distinctive style that feels effortless. It retains the mood of a family home, with Provencal decor using natural materials — terracotta, natural stone, wrought iron, ceramics, even rope — and a curated selection of Vallauris pottery, Biot glassware, and fine art.
The accommodation style is consistent with the rest of the hotel, retaining a touch of the Provençal farmhouse style but more contemporary in feel. The floors are rust-colored terracotta, but the decor includes curved chaise longues, fancy cane chairs, and colorful artwork.
The excellent Tata Harper is a spot of tranquility among the hedonistic pace of Saint-Tropez. Hidden at the bottom of the garden and designed with curved white walls, the spa feels like a secret cave. It’s a small space with only two treatment rooms, but the signature treatments are paired with the exclusive Tata Harper cosmetics, ensuring a great experience. The health facilities also feature a hammam and a gym with skylights.
Stepping through the reception area and a lounge with a bar, guests enter the thatched-roof dining room leading to a chic outdoor terrace. It’s the domain of the Beefbar restaurant. An outpost of the small chain that is making waves in Monte Carlo, Paris, and Rome, the Beefbar prides itself on premium meat dishes. At Lou Pinet, other options are also available, including grilled sea bass, yellowtail sashimi, risottos, and salads.
Of course, there are plenty of culinary wonders outside the hotel. While Lou Pinet is located away from the town center, it is still a good place to explore Saint Tropez, and the hotel provides car transfers to town. (We even visited one of the restaurants in the marina. The prices there!)
Lou Pinet Service
The lounge area, the terrace, and the swimming pool deckchairs inspire thoughts of a laid-back vacation. But the sense of carefree time is also created by the service.
The staff prides itself in ensuring that the guests need not worry about anything. They do it in the perfect mix of authentic discretion, kindness, and graciousness, whether at the concierge counter or the pool bar service. This, more than anything, makes the stay.