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Navigating the Glitz and Glamour: How to Shine at Saint-Tropez's Luxury Beach Clubs

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Step into the glamorous world of Saint-Tropez beach clubs as our friend Sandra, a seasoned jetsetter frequenting exclusive venues worldwide, shares her insider tips for making the most of the luxe coastal scene.

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Our dear friend Sandra, a seasoned jetsetter and an insider in the world of luxury, has spent years frequenting the most exclusive venues around the world. From the star-studded nightlife in New York City to the opulent galas in Monaco, she has mingled with some of the most influential figures in high society, including Hollywood A-listers, renowned fashion designers, and wealthy entrepreneurs.

Sandra is your go-to source for all things luxurious and exclusive. Today, she's ready to share her personal experiences and insider knowledge, ensuring that during your next vacation to France, you're well-prepared to navigate the captivating world of Saint-Tropez beach clubs and make the most of your time in these stunning seaside settings.

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How to Master the Saint-Tropez Beach Club Scene?

Lizzie: Sandra, you've experienced luxury in so many incredible locations around the world. What is it about Saint-Tropez beach clubs that make them stand out as some of your favorite spots?

Sandra: Ah, Saint-Tropez beach clubs hold a special place in my heart. There's just something magical about the atmosphere in Saint-Tropez.

It's a perfect combination of glamour, relaxation, and natural beauty.

The beach clubs here offer an unparalleled experience – you'll find top-notch service, exquisite cuisine, and gorgeous settings, all while being surrounded by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The people you meet and the connections you make in these clubs are truly extraordinary, and that's what sets them apart from other luxurious destinations. The energy, the exclusivity, and the sense of indulgence make Saint-Tropez beach clubs an unforgettable experience.

Lizzie: You mentioned that Bagatelle and Shellona are your absolute favorite beach clubs in Saint-Tropez. Could you tell us why?

Sandra: Absolutely! Both Bagatelle and Shellona have a unique charm that sets them apart from other beach clubs. They both start the day with a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a leisurely lunch and soaking up the sun. However, as the day progresses, they transform into lively and energetic party venues with world-famous DJs and a celebrity crowd dancing the night away.

This perfect blend of relaxation and excitement makes Bagatelle and Shellona my go-to spots whenever I'm in Saint-Tropez.

Lizzie: What are your top three tips for planning a trip to one of these exclusive beach clubs in Saint-Tropez?

Sandra: Great question!

First, I really recommend booking your table or sun lounger well in advance.

It's especially critical during the high season in French Riviera as Saint-Tropez's beach clubs are highly sought after. During the peak season, which typically runs from mid-June to August, I usually book my visits at least one week in advance. But when it comes to highly popular clubs or busy weekends, reserving two weeks to a month in advance helps secure your spot.

Second, be prepared to spend!

A day at a luxury beach club in Saint-Tropez can be quite pricey, with sunbed rentals, food, and drinks quickly adding up. During the peak season, the daily budget for two people can range from $400 to $900 or even more, depending on the specific club and services you choose.

Lastly, arrive early to enjoy the full experience.

While the party atmosphere kicks in later in the day, it's worth coming earlier to take advantage of the more relaxed vibe. Plus, arriving early ensures that you secure a prime location, whether it's close to the DJ booth, the bar, or the waterfront. These little details can make all the difference in creating the perfect beach club experience.

Lizzie: Securing a spot at exclusive beach clubs during special events can be challenging. Can you share some tips on how to ensure a spot even if there's a limited guest list?

A: Of course!

The key to securing a spot at these exclusive beach clubs is to establish good relationships with the staff.

Be friendly and genuine when interacting with them, and always treat them with respect. Showing genuine interest in their work and the venue can go a long way.

One way to build rapport with the staff is by tipping them generously. In France, tipping is not as common as, for example, in the United States, but it's still appreciated, especially at high-end establishments. A tip of around 10-15% of your bill would be considered generous, but you can always tip more if you feel the service was exceptional.

Another option to consider is using a concierge service.

They often have connections with exclusive venues and can help you secure a spot during those events. Concierge services have insider knowledge and established relationships that can be invaluable when it comes to gaining access to exclusive parties and guest lists.

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Exclusive Parties and Events: Securing Your Spot on Saint-Tropez's Guest Lists

Lizzie: You've attended quite a few events with the high society in Saint-Tropez. Can you share some memorable experiences and how you found yourself in these exclusive gatherings?

Sandra: Oh, I have some incredible memories from my time in Saint-Tropez! Two events stand out in particular. The first one was a lavish party on a private yacht. I was attending a charity event during the day, and as the evening approached, I got to know some wonderful people. We hit it off, and they invited me to join them on their yacht later that night. It was an unforgettable evening filled with laughter, dancing, and delightful conversations under the stars.

The second event took place at an exclusive villa. I was at Le Club55, just enjoying the day, when I happened to strike up a conversation with a well-known celebrity and their entourage. We connected instantly, and they invited me to join them at a private party at their stunning villa. The night was filled with incredible music, great food, and a wonderful mix of fascinating people from all around the world.

In both instances, I found myself attending these exclusive events by going with the flow and being open to new experiences.

Saint-Tropez is a place where serendipitous encounters can lead to unforgettable memories.

Just be yourself, engage in genuine conversations, and let the day unfold naturally. You never know where you might end up or who you'll meet along the way!

Lizzie: Can you share some insider tips on how to get on the exclusive VIP lists and name a few of the top events or venues?

Sandra: Absolutely! Being on the VIP list can be a game-changer when it comes to experiencing the best of Saint-Tropez's nightlife. First, do your research and find out which events and venues are the most popular during your stay. Some of the hottest parties happen at clubs like Les Caves du Roy and VIP Room, and you can also find exclusive events at private villas or yachts.

To get on the VIP list, networking is key.

Make connections with the right people, such as club promoters, event organizers, or influential guests. Don't be shy to introduce yourself and strike up a conversation. Be friendly, genuine, and show interest in the event or venue.

Another tip is to dress the part.

Saint-Tropez is known for its glamorous fashion, so make sure your outfit is stylish and appropriate for the occasion. Looking and feeling your best will boost your confidence and help you make a great first impression.

Finally, don't be afraid to use social media to your advantage.

Follow the clubs or event organizers on Instagram or Facebook and engage with their content. Sometimes they'll post information about upcoming events or even run contests for exclusive access. Another way is to use Clubbable app to get yourself and your friends on the lists.

By keeping these tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your time at Saint-Tropez. Just don't forget to have fun: while it's essential to follow these tips, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself - like the French always do with their "joie de vivre" attitude Saint-Tropez offers a unique blend of luxury and relaxation, so soak up the atmosphere and savor the unforgettable moments.

For a deeper dive into the world of glitter and glamour, explore our comprehensive guide on the finest Saint-Tropez beach clubs and our beach club dressing tips for your sun-soaked adventures.

For avid beach club enthusiasts, we've also curated articles spotlighting the finest beach clubs in Mykonos and Costa del Sol.

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LZ

Lizzie Z.

As a top level corporate executive, Lizzie embarked on a soul-searching journey of adventure and slow living, passionately sharing her insights as the founder of RLM.

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