Two tennis courts, a library, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, a box of Calins de Saint-Tropez biscuits, a minibar, fridge and L'Occitane bath products.
Guests have a choice of rustic rooms and more modern ones, spread across three buildings: the original mas (mansion) and the two newer villas (Toscane and Palladienne). In the villas, each room has a loggia or balcony; some are blessed with both. Families on a search for space should opt for one of the rooms in the Villa Palladienne: most have a separate living room with sofa beds, and plenty of space for a cot. Request a ground-floor room in this villa for direct access to the lawn.
Lush cypress trees surround the lengthy heated pool, and there are secluded sunbathing spots that offer privacy. There’s no lifeguard on duty at the serene pool, so Smiths staying with little ones will need to keep a watchful eye from their sleek, stone-coloured sunlounger; there’s a box of toys and inflatables for children to plunder.
Ensure your crisp tennis whites are tucked into your suitcase.
Reserve a space on the hotel shuttle that ferries guests between beaches and the centre of St Tropez from 8am until 10am, May to September.
Welcome. Children are also given a box of light and luxurious Calins de Saint-Tropez biscuits (studded with chocolate chips and nougat) on arrival. Please note that, in accordance with French law, children in pools must be supervised at all times.
Le Mas de Chastelas near St Tropez combines grown-up escapism with beach-and-bucket fun for the children. Just a short drive from the jetset-favoured resort, the hotel feels a million miles away, thanks to its low-key, understated charms. Don’t expect glitz and glam: this boutique stay is luxe but laid-back – somewhere relaxed families who are happy to entertain their own children can make the most of the fantastic food and beautiful beaches in the surrounding area. Traditional Provençal touches keep the decor authentic – and despite the grand setting, you won’t worry about toddlers running wild. Dip into the decadence over in St Tropez, but the serenity at Le Mas de Chastelas is what will be winning the points for a rejuvenating family holiday.
Children of all ages.
Families on a search for space should opt for one of the rooms in the Villa Palladienne, or interconnecting rooms in the Villa Toscane. Cots for babies are free; under-12s stay in parents’ rooms on extra beds for €80 a night.
Le Mas de Chastelas may not have a kids club or crèche, but a heated swimming pool and tennis courts in the hotel's attractive grounds, and proximity to the lovely beach at Pampelonne mean family fun in the sun is never far away.
Older children will enjoy the various local beaches, sleek boats and buzz of nearby St Tropez. Les Jumeaux Beach Club at Pampelonne Beach has been a prime sun-and-surf spot for 20 years. The only reason to shift from your sunlounger (other than to oversee your children) will be to grab a bite at the excellent restaurant (book ahead if possible). Kids who love garish rides and crazy golf will enjoy the nearby Azur Park (you may not, but that's theme parks for you). It has a Tropical Golf course dotted with models of prehistoric animals, dodgems, mini-rollercoasters, log flumes and all the fun of the fair.
There's a heated swimming pool with a chest full of toys and inflatables at one end, but no lifeguard on duty (so parents must supervise littles); staff have been known to bring an inflatable dinosaur over to fledgling swimmers in the pool unprompted.
Children are welcome in the restaurant, which has dedicated children’s dining options on the menu, at all times and a frill-free selection of burgers and sandwiches will appeal to a less-discerning palate. Highchairs are provided, but you’ll need to bring a bib if you want one. Colouring books can appear on request if kids start to get distracted, but there are not a lot of toys on tap, so you might want to come equipped if you fancy a lingering feast. Alternatively, staff are happy to bring your food to you by the pool, or anywhere in the grounds, which makes light work of little lunches.
Babysitters are available for €20 an hour; to guarantee availability, it’s wise to book at least 24 hours in advance.
No need to pack
The hotel has a stash of baby bath products, crayons, paints, paper, board games and swimming aids.
The hotel doesn’t have monitors to loan out, but your own will work if you’re staying in the main house, and are handy if you want to sit on your terrace or balcony. Children are also given a box of light and luxurious Calins de Saint-Tropez biscuits (studded with chocolate chips and nougat) on arrival.