Lily of the Valley: Where Nature Meets Luxury

Get into shape at a glamorous new spot on the French Riviera.
Lily of the Valley Club House

Lily of the Valley isn’t just a hotel. It’s a year-round wellness retreat, a half hour’s drive south of Place des Lices square in Saint-Tropez. Here, in a village founded in 2019 and designed by Philippe Starck, there’s a snow shower, heated semi-Olympic pool, expansive fitness room with Technogym equipment, and consultation rooms for treatments like leg massages and Indiba therapy. But what sets this gem apart from other Mediterranean health destinations are the weight-loss programs in the hotel’s Shape Club.

Designed by nutritionist Jacques Fricker, Shape Club’s full-day fat-loss plans are fitness to the extreme. Programs vary in length and intensity, but each offers an elite mix of personalized meal plans, daily cardio and strength workouts, and detox and slimming treatments. Guests are monitored by a team of dieticians, coaches, and osteopaths to ensure they meet their optimal weight goals. Sunset runs, yoga, aqua boxing, aqua Pilates, mountain biking—all with cinematic views of the stunning Côte d’Azur. It’s love at first sweat.

Speaking of idyllic settings, Starck wanted the hotel to mimic its natural surroundings. Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the property’s 52 rooms and suites hide among the Riviera’s stone pines in vine-covered mineral houses. It’s easy to want to stay in these sanctuaries forever, or at least before the pre-breakfast workout. Rooms have private terraces and beds fitted with Garnier-Thiebaut linens. Floors and accents are crafted from exotic woods, while bathrooms feature polished marble. Thatched lampshades, golden grain-colored throws, and glazed earthenware evoke a spiritual simplicity. The hotel’s 14 suites each accommodate up to three people with a bedroom, living room, and two bathrooms. Suites look out over the Shape Club, the Mediterranean Sea, or the Gigaro hills, and, for even more bliss, some open onto private pools and gardens.

A solid case can be made for spending all afternoon on the Plage de Gigaro, the long, white-sand beach below the hotel. After all, the hotel’s beach club and its two Italian restaurants, the elegant Brigantine and cozy Pépé, are down there. Led by chef Vincent Maillard, an Alain Ducasse protégé, all four of the hotel’s restaurants are stupendous. Maillard’s deep respect for food producers shows in his use of ingredients from local farms and vegetable gardens as well as his intentionally simple recipes. From Brigante’s homage to iconic pasta dishes like spaghetti alla carbonara to Club House’s raw vegetables, feta, and olives Cretan platter, Maillard strikes a fine balance between indulgence and clean eating. Similarly, when it comes to drinks, sip on a Chocolate Sazerac at Vista or a refreshing mocktail with grape juice, mint leaves, cucumber, and soda water at Club House.
From $680.