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At a glance

  • You'll love

    18th-century charm

    French food alfreso

    Manicured grounds

  • Kids will love

    Heated pool with floats

    Space to sprawl

    Nearby Pampelonne Beach

  • Don’t expect

    Crèche/kids clubs


    Hi-tech frills


Guarded by wrought-iron gates just outside St Tropez, laid-back Le Mas de Chastelas hotel is a family-friendly hidey-hole away from the crowds – and a secret worth keeping. Within easy reach of Pampelonne Beach, this relaxed mansion has held onto its historic holiday charm (the former vineyard and silkworm farm has been a hotel since the 1960s) but is laid-back and low-key enough for kids to feel at home.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Le Mas de Chastelas with us:

A bottle of chilled local rosé in your room on arrival and a box of speciality chocolate-covered biscuits from St Tropez

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Le Mas de Chastelas

Non-refundable offer: up to 25% off


‘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’

Dan Flower


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Le Mas de Chastelas Hotel – St Tropez – France

Need To Know


23, including nine suites. Deluxe Room Bastides and Palladienne Suites can interconnect.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from £490.37 (€550), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.65 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast but a buffet is available (€30 for adults; €15 for children). Children Cots for babies are free; under-12s stay in parents’ rooms on extra beds for €80 a night.


In-room massages can be arranged on request.

Hotel closed

Annually from mid-October until mid-April.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, two tennis courts, library, restaurant, bar, free WiFi throughout. There's also a free car service to take you to St Tropez or Pampelonne beach (between 8am and 10pm).

In your room

A flatscreen TV, free WiFi, a box of Calins de Saint-Tropez biscuits, a minibar, fridge and L'Occitane bath products.

Our favourite rooms

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; and each room has a separate tub, so there’s no need to worry about bathtime. Two Deluxe Rooms in the Bastide can interconnect; Palladian Suites have two sofas that double up as twin single beds, and some can connect to a Room Classic Palladian to form a two-bedroom suite. 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. Rooms in the main house are smaller, but closer to the restaurant and the pool, though a golf buggy can ferry families from the villas if necessary. Larger families can book interconnecting rooms in the Villa Toscane.


There’s no lifeguard on duty at the serene pool, so parents will need to keep a watchful eye from their sleek, stone-coloured sunlounger. Lush cypress trees surround the lengthy pool, and there are secluded sunbathing spots that offer privacy. The water is heated year-round to 24 degrees, and there’s a box of toys and inflatables for children to plunder.


The minibars store emergency sugary snacks (Gummy Bears, Toblerone) for when only a treat will do. Children are also given a box of light and luxurious Calins de Saint-Tropez biscuits (studded with chocolate chips and nougat) on arrival.

Book ahead

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. 


Small, well-behaved dogs can stay for €50 a night, and the hotel will gladly provide bowls for them.

Food and drink

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Le Mas de Chastelas Hotel – St Tropez – France


La Table du Mas serves mostly alfresco meals out on the pool terrace. Expect French classics, as well as some interesting incarnations of more exotic ingredients for adventurous adults. During colder months, the romantic chandeliers invite you inside; though in summer, you’ll want to be out beneath the shade of the verandas, to shield from the St Tropez sun.

Family fare

Children are welcome in the restaurant 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. The delicious Continental buffet breakfast uses only the freshest ingredients, including croissants, cold meats, yoghurts and cereals, and is laid out between 8am and 12 noon. Juices and milk are also available.

Hotel Bar

Relax at Le Bar with a speciality champagne cocktail, sipped to the sound of chilled-out lounge and jazz music – unless a guitarist or pianist has been booked in, as they are regularly in summer. Ice-cream floats will attract the kids’ attention by day, but the bar area is a more grown-up affair le soir, so you might want to venture to St Tropez for an early-evening family-friendly setting.

Last orders

Food is available from 8am until 11pm, so you can be master of your mealtimes. The bar calls time at 1am.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Order your lunch poolside if it's the only way to tempt the youngsters from the water; otherwise, a spot on the verandah's easiest for a relaxed famiiy meal. Nab a fireside spot inside if it's nippy.

  • Room service

    Available 24 hours a day. Options include smoked salmon on toast, burgers and French onion soup, as well as simple snacks for children, such as sandwiches.


    Bespoke food requests can be accommodated provided the chef has a day’s notice – great if you're hankering for a special-occasion seafood feast; ask nicely and he’ll be able to whip up something to suit your little food-throwers, finger-feeders and picky eaters.


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Le Mas de Chastelas Hotel – St Tropez – France

Parent approved

‘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’

Dan Flower


Babysitters are available for €20 an hour; to guarantee availability, it’s wise to book at least 24 hours in advance.


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.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Baby toiletries

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Baby toiletries • Crayons • Paints • Paper • Swimming aids

For older children

• Tennis courts • Table football • Games to borrow • Inflatables • Paints and paper


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Le Mas de Chastelas Hotel – St Tropez – France

Things to do

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.

Sunny days

Work on your serve as you let the kids learn on one of the hotel’s two tennis courts, or potter gently round the pool. Take the hotel's free shuttle bus (May–September) or drive into St Tropez to admire the mega-yachts in the marina, or build castles on Pampelonne Beach.

Rainy days

The meeting room doubles up as a games room when rain falls – there’s table football here, and games can be borrowed from reception (or bring their favourites with you).

Local Guide

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Le Mas de Chastelas Hotel – St Tropez – France
Smith tip

In St Tropez, lively Pizzeria Bruno on Rue Eglise (+33 (0)4 94 97 05 18) mixes Italian staples with French touches, and there’s plenty of choice for children – including inventive sweet pizzas for pudding.

Don't miss…

A game of boules on the Place des Lices in St Tropez.

The hotel is in Gassin, a quiet village that’s a short drive from St Tropez. Golden beaches, polo, golf and, of course, a stop at the most fabulous fishing village on the Med should form a part of your itinerary. 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). Parents can top up their tans as the kids enjoy the playground, special menu and even an on-site art exhibition.

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. If you fancy a further-flung and more peaceful foray, why not head to Porquerolles Island for a day – it's a beautiful, car-free isle with golden beaches and a pretty timeless village; take the boat from Hyères, a 50-minute drive from St Tropez ( Up the energy-expenditure levels by hiking or hiring bikes there.

Booked a babysitter? Head to La Verdoyante in Gassin (+33 (0)4 94 56 16 23). In a grand Provençal setting, this country house restaurant specialises in ‘terroir’ cooking. Expect homely, traditional dishes, but with effortless contemporary flair – give the chef 24 hours’ notice, and you’ll be tucking into the best bouillabaisse on this coast, out on a terrace facing the lush countryside. Closed October to February.

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Le Mas de Chastelas
2, Chemin de Chastelas, Quartier Bertaud, 83580, Gassin, France
Hotel setting

Glitz-free Gassin

Getting There

Le Mas de Chastelas on the French Riviera is in Gassin, a small village just outside of St Tropez and close to the family-friendly Pampelonne Beach.


The region’s best-connected airport is Nice (, roughly 90 minutes away by car. BA flies here from London Heathrow ( You can pick up a hire car at the airport; several outfits are represented, including Sixt ( and Avis ( Closer is Toulon airport, just under an hour’s drive away. Ryanair ( flies here from London Stansted.


Saint-Raphael-Valescure station is 38 kilometres away; a transfer arranged through the hotel will cost €150 a car. For journeys from other destinations in France, see SNCF ( for details of routes. Eurostar runs services from London, with a change in Paris (


Le Mas de Chastelas is just off the main road leading to St Tropez and well signposted – look out for the nine flags at full mast or the Bertaud Belieu vineyard. There’s free valet parking ready for your arrival, as well as a shuttle bus to ferry you to the centre of St Tropez and the local beaches. If you want more freedom to get around an explore on your own timetable, a hire car will come in handy. The nearest major road to head north is the D93.


Boats operate between Saint Raphael and St Tropez at certain times of the year ( For those arriving by chopper, Grimaud Heliport is six kilometres away.

Parent travel tip

The hotel operates a free shuttle service runs to and from St Tropez and Pampelonne beach 8am–10pm in high season, but it’s subject to availability, so having your own hire car is a more bullet-proof (and flexible) mode of transport. Try Avis (, where they'll be able to equip you with child car seats.


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Le Mas de Chastelas Hotel – St Tropez – France

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Le Mas de Chastelas – has been selected and approved by parents.

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. Formed on an old domain, the mansion was converted into a hotel in the 1960s, and the elegant estate has been offering a retreat away from its more showy sister village ever since. Families are made to feel welcome here by warm staff (who’ll bring an inflatable dinosaur over to fledgling swimmers in the pool unprompted), by dedicated children’s dining options on the menu and by an atmosphere designed to help everyone unwind. 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.

Smith & Family

As someone once said to me: ‘Your children are fine – it’s just everyone else’s that are a pain’. And he’s right. So maybe Le Mas (as we soon came to call it) seems to only attract your children, because all the smiling faces we saw were on best behavior. It seems as though we didn’t hear any kids our entire stay – but they were there – so I guess they must be happy reading in the shade and having a quiet swim. Great, I think?

Children are certainly warmly welcomed at Le Mas de Chastelas – as a cute pack of teddies, slippers and Smurf sweets on the bed confirmed. A terrific hotel for couples, there may be limited family-focussed facilities, but it’s not the type of hotel where you’d whip out an inflatable crocodile or expect an adventure playground anyway. For higher-volumed fun, we hit La Plage des Jumeaux at Pampelonne beach as recommended perfectly by the hotel staff – and being whisked there and back by a complimentary shuttle service has us all the more grateful.

Le Mas is where the intellectual side of St Tropez hangs – the gentle noise levels (classical music in the morning and jazz in the evening) and the high level of service courts such a crowd. St Tropez is known for many things, but Le Mas stands for something different – it feels more sophisticated. Having a harpist play by the pool in the evening was really special. And now, of course, we have to add a harp to our daughter’s Xmas list – which will no doubt sit in the cupboard next to karate outfit, violin and magic set…

Anonymously reviewed by Dan Flower, Flower Media

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