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Like the movie stars who put it on the map, St-Tropez is smaller in the flesh than you might imagine. Watching locals play late-afternoon boules in the town square, dwarfed on every side by sea, sky and rugged Provençal mountains, it's hard to reconcile this place with its fabled excesses (until you realise that those rustic, cobbled alleys are lined with designer brands, or you take a closer look at the prices on the menus).
Forget boozy blowouts, strippers and L-plates. A host of classier choices mean your hen or stag do doesn’t have to be an evening you’d rather forget, says Alice-Azania Jarvis
When the German multi-millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs began romancing the French screen idol Brigitte Bardot in May 1966, he didn't do things by halves. After he arranged for a helicopter to drop hundreds of red roses over La Madrague, her Côte d'Azur property, the then most desirable woman in the world certainly paid attention. "It's not every day a man drops a ton of roses in your backyard," Bardot later wrote in Initiales BB, her autobiography. Her sex kitten role in And God Created Woman, directed in 1956 by her first husband Roger Vadim, had already put Saint-Tropez on the map but her relationship with Sachs, covered in great detail by paparazzi and reporters, transformed what had been a sleepy Mediterranean fishing harbour into a must-visit destination for the jet set.
The Maldives is a firm favourite among cooing, newlywed couples. And it's resorts like the Alila Villas Hadahaa (10km away from the next inhabited island) that make it easy to see why. Every aspect of the discreet complex is geared towards the hotel's natural focal point, the beach. The sleekly modern villas hide amid lush tropical foliage which descends to a picture-postcard shore, or are perched on stilts over the water.
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The rain drifted away, the sun made an occasional bow, but light winds plagued the opening day of the Nespresso Cup at the picture postcard, oh-so-chic fishing village of Portofino, on the Italian coast east of Genoa.
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Life and Style
The exclusive pleasures of Saint-Barthélemy – or St Barts to Brits – are many, from the Francophone feel of the island to the fashionably cool locals
The paralysis which has gripped the America's Cup for over a year seemed to be relaxing over the weekend after a one-to-one summit between the Swiss holder, Ernesto Bertarelli, and the man challenging him in the courts over the structure of the next event, the American Larry Ellison.
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