Have you ever wanted to go to visit the French Riviera? Did you know that Miramar Beach shares a distinctive connection to this famous destination on the Mediterranean, popular among the “jet set”? Actually there are a couple of connections between our Riviera and theirs. First of all, the iconic Edgewater Resort that resembles a giant luxury cruise liner docked beside one of the most beautiful beaches in the world is an actually a copy of a famous hotel located on the French Riviera. Secondly, the magical romantic world of St. Tropez nearby features voluptuous villas that would be right at home there, however this gorgeous highly prestigious residential community is right in the very heart of Destin’s Miramar Beach near and near glorious gulf.
The original Saint-Tropez is located on the French Riviera, which became an international seaside resort back in the 1920s attracting the likes of Coco Chanel. An influx of artists and musicians arrived after World War II when it became a rendezvous point for the super rich along with well-known celebrities. Many arrive there via yachts. It has been featured in songs by Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Jay-Z and DJ Antoine so to many it has become a household word. Just a few days ago friends Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were spotted there staying at his villa to attend an auction for DiCaprio’s charitable foundation.
Our own St. Tropez is right off Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. Ocean Reef Resorts is pleased to provide exclusive accommodations at two lovely villas here known as “Villa Paradis” and “Emerald Palazzo”. Like the original Saint-Tropez, vacationers “delight in the sandy beaches, culture, gourmet food and hot nightlife” but here they are in located nearby at Baytowne Wharf, Grand Boulevard and Destin instead of Nice! This awesome locale is perfectly situated half way between all the active happenings at Harborwalk Village in Destin and the pristine picturesque coastal villages along Scenic 30A in South Walton. The residential gated community of St. Tropez was created just a few years ago with a distinctive design that was inspired by the timeless classic architecture of the original. The rich romantic castle-like look of these multi-million dollar homes feature towering turrets, thick terracotta tiled roofing, Mediterranean styled stucco exteriors and beautiful balconies with spiral spindled railings. A lavish lovely lagoon pool with lush landscaping provides a private community center for privileged owners and their fortunate guests. It comes complete with Royal Palms, flowering plants, geyser fountains, a bubbling hot tub and a serene pool patio. A cabana nearby includes restroom facilities, showers and dressing rooms. This tropical setting creates a peaceful, precious, magical place that is quite heavenly.
Emerald Palazzo is just a short distance away from the glittering “emerald” waters of the Gulf of Mexico and resembles an enchanting petite “palace” so it is aptly named. This palatial vacation residence is exceedingly gracious that reflects a refined elegance of style and features four beautifully furnished bedrooms that can sleep up to eight guests. The bright sunny living area has burnished salmon and light mocha tile flooring that richly flows throughout this spacious open Great Room. Comfortable furnishings include a plush wraparound couch and accent chair that sits beside a double corner wall with triple panel sliding glass doors that provide vivid views of the sensational scenery outdoors. They lead to a turreted balcony overlooking the sparkling blue pool, fountains and towering palms around the large courtyard area. An opulent breathtaking spiral staircase tower worthy of an image in Architectural Digest magazine leads to the giant Master Bedroom Suite which encompasses the entire third floor with a private balcony overlooking the pool, a luxurious en suite bath and a sitting salon. The charming Guest Bedrooms have access to their own poolside patios or balconies and are comfortably adorned in a rich stately fashion.
Stately. Elegant. Luxurious. Each of these words comes to mind when describing Galileo, a stunning, Mediterranean-style vacation home located in the residential St. Tropez community of Destin’s Miramar Beach. Three levels of lavish living space characterize this incredible villa. Guests will enjoy the use of four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, gracious living quarters, a Chef’s kitchen, breezy balconies, and more. The home can accommodate up to twelve visitors who prefer to vacation in style. The stunning exterior of this regal residence is only a sneak peek at the beauty within. A sprawling, open great room is accented with Travertine marble flooring, soaring ceilings, and parchment walls. The seating area made up of two leather couches sits surrounded by two walls of windows and glass doors. Ample sunlight streams through the windows, illuminating the room with natural, Florida light. On the other side of the windows, an outdoor balcony takes advantage of breathtaking views and ocean breezes. Back inside, six chairs surround a round dining table, while the adjacent kitchen beckons to chefs of all levels. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, European-inspired tile, custom cabinetry, and a granite-bar with additional stool seating. A sweeping, spiral leads to both the lower-level and upper-level sleeping quarters. Downstairs, guests will find a guest room with a king-size bed, private bath, and access to an outdoor patio. On the third level, the comfortable master suite features a tall ceiling, king-size bed, access to a veranda overlooking the Gulf, and a luxurious en-suite bath. One of the remaining guest rooms includes a king-size bed, while the other has two twin beds.
St. Tropez seems out of time and space but is conveniently centered in Miramar Beach, just east of Destin. Grocery stores, specialty shops and wine outlets are all close by. Popular gulf front restaurants and fun friendly beach bars are just minutes away on Scenic Gulf Drive. Silver Sands, one of the largest discount designer outlets in the nation is close by. Professional tennis and championship golf are nearby at Seascape where Ocean Reef Resorts guests receive special reduced rates. Baytowne Wharf and Grand Boulevard are also only minutes away in Sandestin with an abundant array of restaurants, lively bars, specialty shops, seasonal festivals, cultural events, outdoor concerts as well as lots of delightful diversions.
Now you may take up regal residence in the lap of luxury just like an aristocrat or member of the jet set without having to travel all the way to the French Riviera to do so. We have our own Riviera here along the Emerald Coast and nowadays it happens to be just as sophisticated, urbane, luxurious and exciting as the original. Take a look at each one of your choices and begin to make plans for an amazing vacation that you and your family will never forget!