Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Pan Dei Palais, an Indian getaway in Saint-Tropez

If you plan to spend the summer in the South of France, visit the Pan Dei Palais. This little gem is located in the heart of the famous seaside resort of Saint-tropez. The discreet facade on Avenue Gambetta gives nothing away about the three story palace it conceals. Listed by the French architectural heritage association "Batiments de France," the luxury boutique hotel has the distinctive style of a colonial era Indian family house.

With a collection of objects d'art found in the land of the Maharadjas, the hotel became the Palais, thanks to the inspiration of interior designer Francoise Piault. Anatolian Kilim rugs are displayed, Indian fabric and glass paintings decorate the building's solid walls. A series of cabinets stand in the heart of the Palais, housing antique pieces from Kashmir to Jodhpur and Rajasthan: water pitchers, elephant statues, saris, rare fabrics and jewelry.

Everything in the Pan Dei Palais, from the paintings and mirrors to the lounge areas alcoves and reclining sofas set against white walls symbolize peace and silence, an invocation to the peaceful Indian way of life.

The Pan Dei Palais is a new member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group.

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