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Villa Marie
Ranked #7 of 25 Hotels in Ramatuelle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Villa Marie is part of Sibuet Hotels & Resorts, and each property reflects Jocelyn Sibuet's truly extraordinary aesthetic. Some years ago, I also stayed at Bastide de Marie in Menerbes (in the Luberon region of Provence) and that 2+ week stay remains a highlight of my travel-life.

Villa Marie is in Ramatuelle, about 3-4 km from the center of St. Tropez, and so it offers guests all the excitement of that jet set destination with a measure of peace and quiet. I visited in September, after peak season.The weather is still extraordinary but the crowds have thinned notably. It is the best time to visit St. Tropez, I believe.

Unfortunately, the aesthetics of Villa Marie were not matched by what should be luxurious service. There were teams of young men in uniforms everywhere, but few seemed to understand that they were in service to the guests. The shower stall had mold in it that wasn't cleaned during our 4-night stay. The light switch in the bathroom was broken and wasn't noticed by housekeeping until we requested (twice) a repair. And as we struggled with our bags on departure, those same young men just smiled at us without offering to help.

The Concierge was helpful but the wait for assistance was long. We rented motor scooters during our stay, which were arranged by the Concierge. We are experienced riders and had absolutely no problems with them, but after returning them, we were informed by the Concierge that we must had dropped them and would be charged a repair fee. When I insisted we had not "dropped" them, he assured me that the company was honest. (Was that to suggest that I was not?)

The restaurant is very beautifully decorated but children ran around loudly with no comment from either parents or staff, which made the evening quite unpleasant, and as a result, we did not dine there again, though each time we passed anyone with food & beverage responsibilities, they asked us (insistently) if we needed a reservation for dinner.

Breakfast is buffet style but at 35€ (about $46) per person, it is predictably expensive for a five-star hotel. The offering is standard Continental breakfast fare, though you may order eggs if you can stand the wait, and getting a second pot of coffee required the patience of a saint. We ate breakfast twice though on check-noted that we'd been charged for four breakfasts (of course, corrected, but again, a reflection of inadequately trained staff).

Perhaps our disappointment was a function of our very high expectations based on our Bastide de Marie stay, but I can honestly report that I found Villa Marie a feast for the eyes...yet service left me wanting more.

We extended our stay in St. Tropez but opted for another hotel, which at (literally) twice the price, was a much better buy.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that does not face the driveway.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We've spent 5 nights at that hotel. We had high hopes based on the hotel location and reputation. The location is indeed very nice and peaceful. The restaurant is also of a good standard. Overall, the staff is helpful and friendly. But the rooms are very small and more importantly, there is no hard separation with the bathroom. The curtain which separates the bathroom corner from the bedroom is fixed loosely and the metalic bar which supports it fell on my wife's head. There was also mould in the shower and we had to ask for it to be cleaned properly.. The finess centre is tiny and the equipment is obsolete.The Spa has no Sauna or Jacuzzi. Prices however are those of a suite in Manhatan. Overall, we have been disappointed.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Thierry442
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

My Wife and I stayed at Villa Marie for five nights in June during our Honeymoon tour of Provence and the French Riviera. This was our favourite hotel by far and we will definitely return!

The hotel is beautiful throughout with a particularly stunning, landscaped pool area. The rooms are cool - we enjoyed the roll top bath in the room, and the terrace was very nice to chill out on before heading out for the evening. Service was also excellent, with very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable staff. Another nice touch was the free shuttle bus into St Tropez, which was always available. Parking was free for residents, which is great when you consider that we paid €45 per night at two other hotels on the coast!

All in all, this was our favourite hotel on Honeymoon and we will continue to recommend to all of our friends!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank David F
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Lucky that we were able to book 2 nights at this stunning hotel at the last minute with the help of American Express platinum card concierge. it turned out to be the best hotel of our entire trip. We were meeting some friends who were staying at a villa in St. Tropez and we wanted to be close to them. That is how we got to this paradise, high on a hill with views of the beaches and the ocean. The villa itself is a beautiful home that has be transformed into a 5 star lux hotel. The rooms and the general areas of the hotel are in need of a little TLC, but the macro is that it is wonderfully furnished, very open to the outside. The views are all around you from the lobby to the pool, the restaurant, which is one of the best in the area, also offers magnificent views of the Cote D' Azur. The staff was very courteous and helpful, especially the hotel concierge! The best part of this hotel is that you are close enough to St. Tropez, the different beaches, (we went to Club55 and would recommend the food there!), shops and restaurants while being able to retreat from that craziness into a paradise of very lux proportions. We plan to return to this hotel for a longer stay.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank MiamiLuv2go
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The hotel location is perfect, in the middle of pines and close to vineyards, not in the city but close by, near the famous beaches and the beautiful village of Ramatuelle. The hotel environment inside and outside is of utmost elegance, the pool with hot water a plus. Most of the recommendations of the concierge were good, the service nice yet some staff too young and inexperienced. I was looking for a wider spa service, but as the weather was good we went to the near beaches always and didn't tried it. All in all a wonderful place to go back!

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
2  Thank Graca62
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

The website for villa Marie does not do it justice. The pool is a very pretty spot to relax and spend an afternoon. The terraces are beautifully laid out and the staff are incredibly attentive.
We went for three days as part of an 8 daybreak with the rest of the week on the coast.
I wouldn't stay here longer unless you were just using it as a base but its a perfect weekend getaway with great food and everything you would expect from a 5* establishment.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Hculver
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Villa Marie is a beautiful hotel, situated between the village of St Tropez and the beaches. The views from the terraces and restaurant are wonderful. They serve a lovely breakfast on the patio; and there are other chic lounge areas throughout the property. The rooms are fine, but, if I would report anything negative about Villa Marie, it would be that the walls are very thin, and it can be difficult to get a peaceful night's sleep.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank CTmama3
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Additional Information about Villa Marie

Address: 1100 Chemin de Val de Rian | Chemin Val Rian, 83350 Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Saint-Tropez > Ramatuelle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ramatuelle
#3 Family Hotel in Ramatuelle
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ramatuelle
#4 Spa Hotel in Ramatuelle
Price Range: $328 - $812 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Marie 5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a 7-acre pine forest overlooking Saint-Tropez, Villa Marie is a luxury hotel in the style of an Italian villa. The immaculate grounds hide bubbling, refreshing spring water, and are dotted with inner courtyards and terraces. The luxury villa offers 45 rooms and suites, a restaurant with a southern feel and views over the Bay of Pampelonne plus the lagoon pool... welcome to a haven of greenery with the turquoise sea as backdrop. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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