"Colette, who had a property in St-Tropez, would probably have loved this table," such are the Inspectors’ words in the famous Michelin Guide Edition 2015. Words which highlight the work of our chef Patrick Cuissard while honouring the woman to whom the name of our gourmet restaurant is dedicated, an emancipated free spirit and great writer, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.
Colette in Saint-Tropez
In 1925, Colette, then aged 52, bought a small house nestled in the Bay of Canebiers. The tangle of vines was so dense that the author of Claudine immediately called it "La Treille Muscate". She made it her home and was charmed by its Provencal simplicity. Saint-Tropez was just a simple fishing port back then and the village lived by the day-to-day rhythms of the Mediterranean. It was in this village that Colette escaped from all the ties of Paris and she liked to rest under the shady eucalyptus trees on her terrace, gazing at the aubergines in her garden, her pride and joy. She found peace there and described it as her last house, the one that she would remain faithful to and never give up.
In tribute to an eternal rebel
Yet Colette did leave Saint-Tropez in 1939, weary of "the invader with villas and garages, false farmhouses where we dance." She was dazzled by the seductive Willy to the point of marrying him and allowed him to deprive her artistic voice in her early writings. She performed naked on stage in the music hall and she was the mistress flashed on the arms of many young lovers. She had married three times while pursuing a successful career as a woman of letters, and leading the literary direction of Le Matin newspaper in 1919 before taking the presidency of the Académie Goncourt in 1949. She aspired to a life of calm and authenticity and lived with true elegance and simplicity.
This is a desire that we wanted to share with our guests, in both the stylish spaces of the Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez and its restaurant Colette, where elegance is defined by true natural flavours and fine seasonal products.