Chateau de la Messardiere
La Messardière is far more than a luxury hotel in Saint-Tropez. The Chateau’s name actually goes back to the era of Charles Martel and numerous marriages related the family to the Royal, Carolingian and Capetian dynasties from 640 onwards.
Coat of Arms – After a series of feats of arms and royal decorations, the dynasty’s official Coat of Arms first appeared in 1669, when Renée, daughter of Seigneur de la Messardière, wedded Count Léonor Le Brun. The Château continues to adorn its Coat of Arms today: “Argent, on a chevron gules between three martlets sable”, accompanied by the motto “Victor et Inermis” (victor even when disarmed).
A fascinating destiny – Built in the 19th century, the Château was donated to officer and excellent horseman Henry Brisson de la Messardière and young artist and musician Louise Dupuy Angeac, at the time of their wedding. The couple had seven children. Their gentle and quiet life was a succession of long horse rides and piano playing… until Henri’s untimely death. Louise was faced with poverty,but the dynamic and determined young widow decided to take the Château’s fate into her own hands by using it as lodgings for prestigious guests. During the roaring twenties, the lounges of La Messardière were the stage for extravagant receptions and parties. Sadly, Louise’s poor management skills slowly but surely led the Château to ruin.
From a Chateau to a luxury Saint-Tropez hotel – After passing through the hands of a series of owners, the Chateau was once again faced with ruin. Standing alone on the hillside, exposed to the four winds (and pillagers), it was widely believed to be haunted. Some paranormal believers even declared they had sensed positive and negative energy fields around the Château walls, hence adding to thesite’s exciting and mystical aura. The Château was restored and extended in 1989 under the supervision of the chief architect of historical monuments, J.C. Rochette. Bought up in 1992 by a French Group, the Château is now living a second youth under the impetus of General Manager Alexandre Durand-Viel. And according to their symbolism, the cypresses bordering the Château should now bring it eternal life…
International exhibitions at the Art Gallery – Victoire de la Messardière exhibits her creations throughout the world – and naturally at her ancestors’ castle! Victoire’s many creations, including those inspired by Oswald Wirth’s Tarot game, are permanently on show at the Chateau’s gallery alongside regular exhibitions by international artists.
A sumptuous St. Tropez hotel with 25-acre grounds. Located just a couple of minutes from the center of Saint-Tropez, the 5-star Château de La Messardière sits on 25 acres of impeccably maintained Mediterranean grounds, impeccably upkept using environmentally-friendly methods. The Chateau’s wonderfully tranquil setting is an ode to contemplation and relaxation.
Guests can enjoy a quiet stroll along the botanical footpath and in the Mediterranean garden, overflowing with the scents of our typical Provençal and Mediterranean flora.
Chateau de la Messardière is the French Bird Protection League’s (LPO) only partner-hotel, in association with Birdlife International.
Château de la Messardière operates various environmental protection plans, incorporated into the hotel’s daily management.
Pool & Beach
Chateau de la Messardiere’s heated pool offers breathtaking view over the Bay of Saint-Tropez
Of quasi-Olympic dimensions (24m x 12m), the hotel’s mirror pool is heated to 28° and offers truly stunning views over the Bay of Saint-Tropez. Guests can enjoy basking on comfy and stylish sun loungers and couches set around the vast solarium.
A relaxation area with magnificent indoor pool, large gym and two separate ladies and men’s steam rooms.
The Chateau’s free shuttle service whisks guests away to the fine golden sands and idyllic ambiance of Tropézina beach in just a few minutes.
Whether your preference goes to jetskiing, wakeboarding or waterskiing the Bay of Pampelonne is the ideal base for a host of water sports.
Spa & Fitness
Château de la Messardière, the ultimate Wellbeing experience…
Nestling at the heart of the hotel and bathed in natural light, the new 465 m² Château Spa is a sensual world entirely dedicated to pampering and wellbeing.
This temple of beauty offers a majestic decor of mosaics, carved stone vaults and columns, parquet flooring, stained-glass windows, precious fabrics, wrought iron railings and a terrace opening onto a fragrant Italian-style garden. Every detail has been cleverly designed to instil the Spa with the refined grandeur so specific to the Château and so loved by returning guests.
Relaxation area is designed to combine effort with maximum pleasure, our air-conditioned fitness room is fitted with cutting edge Technogym body-building, fitness and cardio-training machines.
Guests can choose their own work out, or opt for a personalized fitness program drawn up by our qualified coach.
Combining pleasure and performance-boosting, additional features include Ipod connectors and touchscreens for access to 25 TV channels. Or you can simply gaze out at the beautiful Italian garden….
A genuine oasis of peace and relaxation, the Espace Détente relaxation area features a tide pool and jacuzzi bathed in wells of light, a men’s hammam with showers and private changing room and women’s hammam, also with showers and private changing room.
Wining & Dining
L’Acacia – Undoubtedly one of Saint-Tropez’s best addresses, “L’Acacia” opens evenings only. The perfect venue for a romantic dinner for two or with friends, “L’Acacia” serves refined and creative Mediterranean-style cuisine in a truly exceptional ambiance. The restaurant’s vast terrace offers sweeping views over the beaches of Pampelonne. Chef David Millet’s refined, light, modern and precise cuisine pays a tribute to nature and our impassioned local producers. Flying the flag of French traditions, David uses noble, gourmet products to concoct his culinary delights. His dishes combine major French classics with Mediterranean creations overflowing with flavors and colors.
Poolside Restaurant – The “Poolside restaurant” restaurant serves light cuisine in a delightfully relaxed ambiance from noon to 6 p.m.
The “Poolside restaurant” caters to every taste and schedule: guests can enjoy a quick snack or linger over a full meal. The restaurant also serves a delicious selection of home-made pastries at afternoon tea time.
Château de la Messsardière Bars – A delicious prelude to the coming evening, aperitif hour at the Chateau invites guests to enjoy a romantic tête-à-tête or an agreeable get-together with friends. Our drinks list features an excellent choice of cocktails, wines and champagnes.
Chateau Bar – A seductive and astonishing blend of stained-glass cathedral windows, antique furniture and English wood panels, coupled with a fireplace and lounge-library, the Chateau Bar was designed with elegance and cosiness in mind.
Bar Terrace – The perfect choice for our deliciously warm summer evenings, the Bar Terrace’s comfortable armchairs and couches bordering the pool invite guests to simply let go and revel in the soothing vista of Saint-Tropez’s starry nights.
Offering an irresistible mix of glitter and heritage, the mythical village of Saint-Tropez remains one of the most coveted holiday destinations in the world.
Renowned for its unusual blend of relaxed Provençal lifestyle and richly colourful traditions, this authentic old fishing village also remains true to its reputation as a mecca of glamour, boasting international designer boutiques, a stunning parade of superyachts throughout summer and trendy night-clubs where holidaymakers rub shoulders with jetsetters, showbiz stars and artists. Saint-Tropez stages an exceptional year-round events program including as the “Bravades” heritage celebration, “Voiles de Saint-Tropez” regatta, Polo tournaments, Porsche fair and much more.
Travelwizard.com Guests Receive:
- For 2014 & 2015
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- American Breakfast for up to two in-room guests daily
- A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room
- (excluding drinks, menu table d’hote)
- Bottle of wine in room on arrival
- (Rose de Provence or other)
- Early check-in/late check-out
- subject to availability