The location of PdP is good. It is not far from the beach though we drove to avoid the long walk home uphill. The gardens at PdP are magnificent. Lush and beautiful. The pool area is also very nice. We spent a lot of time around the pool as the water was nice and warm for our children and the surrounding greenery and aspect back to the conservatory make it a lovely place to while away the day.
Breakfasts on the terrace were lovely. The hosts, being British make an excellent pot of tea! We also liked the honesty bar in the conservatory for an afternoon drink by the pool.
The size of our room (Baraques) was good for a family although the layout was strange - the bathroom and toilet were accessed through the children's bedroom so we risked waking them when retiring later at night. The decor of our room was comfortable - that's the nicest thing I can say. It truly felt as though our room was decorated with a mish mash of what was leftover. Glimpses of the other rooms upstairs further illustrated this. The rooms and communal areas of the main house were very nice and decorated in a manner reflecting the surrounds and the beachside location. I felt that our room was not worth 600 Euro a night. It was clean but not inviting or charming.
We have two sons aged 2 and 4. They like to run, explore and create games for themselves. I have to say that I felt they were not really welcome at PdP. Whilst the hosts were amiable, they did not go out of their way to accommodate the young children. I have read other Trip Advisor reviews whereby families travelling with children have felt very welcome. Prior to our arrival I had requested a cot in our room. It was not there when we checked in. I had to ask for it two more times before it was set up. The linen for the cot was not provided until past our son’s bedtime so I had to make do with a sheet from the bed. Also when we requested an early dinner of pasta for our children it was forgotten. The meal was provided but much later when our children were tired and beyond eating. Also breakfast was not available until 8.30am which is late in the lives of young children - especially children adapting to the time zone from the other side of the world. One positive was the excellent babysitter organized by the hosts. She was lovely and capable with our youngest son.
The hosts of PdP were available to answer questions and make recommendations for restaurants and excursions. The hosts live on the property and engage well with the guests whose requests and needs were probably simpler than ours. Overall we felt a little intimidated, like we were breaking the rules and not as welcome as we would have been had we been British over 50's.
In all I don't recommend PdP to families travelling with little children. The place seems more suited and is frequented by older couples from the UK. If you meet these criteria then you will surely have a lovely stay at PdP. We will look elsewhere when we next visit St Tropez.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Upmarket stylish Maison d'Hote villa consisting of 9 bedrooms situated around a large pool terrace close to Pampelonne Beach and half way between Saint Tropez and Ramatuelle. Open from Easter to the end of October. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pavillon De Pampelonne Hotel St-Tropez
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