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Villa Belrose: the real star of Saint Tropez

It has long been touted that this five-star member of the Althoff Hotel Collection owns the finest view in Saint Tropez, with a breath-taking panorama of the bay. But let’s not forget the other reason to visit this luxury address, which can also be enjoyedfrom the terrace.

© Aline Gerard Since 2016, Chef Pietro Volonté, a man whose name feels as good on the tongue as his gastronomic creations, has held a Michelin star here. You could say that his famous town has enough of the celebrity and culinary kind already, but it is well-deserved by Volonté. Whether served on the famous outdoor setting of Le Belrose, whose spacious terrace was made for the vista it offers, or by the scintillating pool at Petit Belrose, the chef’s Italian-influenced and Mediterranean cuisine are inspired by the richness of the summer season in the region.

Three menus are offered – Campania for €129, seafood for €135 and an eight-course tasting menu for €155 – in addition to a plethora of seductive à la carte dishes: sea bream carpaccio with basil tagliolini (€42); pan-fried scallops, Pigna beans and a crustacean sauce (€57); Vialone Nano risotto with aubergine caviar, cuttlefish, oregano and grapefruit zest (€41); terrine of foie gras and ox tail with wild garlic and honey-marinated mushrooms (€51); monkfish with asparagus, Baeri caviar and red pepper (€64); John Dory with spiced guacamole, poached oyster, lime and chorizo (€64); roast lamb with apricot, rosemary, aubergine, lemon and thyme (€59); and beef fillet from Piedmont with a millefeuille of potatoes and Caprino, black garlic puree and rosemary sauce (€61).

© Aline Gerard

The desserts are just as intriguing: confit Pastiera Napoletana fruits, ewe ricotta ice cream, chilled orange soup and a limoncello emulsion (€21); candied apple terrine with coriander (€25); an orange blossom biscuit, almond mousse, citrus heart dark cherry sorbet and purple shiso (€25); or rhubarb with rose, white chocolate mousse and coconut-litchi sorbet (€25).

Petit Belrose serves lighter dishes, such as Gambas Rosso di Mazara with tomato and chile sauce, pizza al bianco with summer truffles or octopus al rosto with, creamy polenta, green olives and a red wine sauce. The restaurant by the pool is open from 12pm till 5pm every day.

The all-round experience offered by the Villa Belrose – elegant, relaxing, and with a dreamlike view and top-quality gastronomy –makes it one place that will draw you back, summer after summer.

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