EPI 1959

1128 Route de l'Épi, 83350 Ramatuelle, France

Originally opened in 1959 as Epi Plage, this glamorous Pampelonne Beach destination once drew the likes of Sacha Distel and Audrey Hepburn for a taste of what St. Tropez does best: endless summers. After a modern-day transformation, it reopened last year as Epi 1959, a luxe property that brings with it the same upscale oceanfront appeal as the original, with an emphasis on intimacy (read: just 10 rooms). Design names Lamb & Lions and Monica Damonte collaborated for the revamp of the idyllic seaside retreat, a vision that was further enlivened by the work of American landscaper Madison Cox (who famously created Marrakesh’s Majorelle garden). Expect over-the-top amenities in each of the 10 private bungalows, from Bamford toiletries to Dyson hairdryers. When hunger calls, head to one of two onsite restaurants—beachside eatery The Grill, where coastal cuisine takes precedence, or Chotto Matte, where Japanese-Peruvian fare is the focus.

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