Les Geckos

Côte d'Azur

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Web Ref: 3526
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Accommodation

  • Lower ground level: Double bedroom with French doors to terrace.  Living area/kitchenette (sink, fridge) with French doors to parking area. Single bedroom.  Shower room.  Utility room (washing machine).
  • Upper ground level: Dining room with French doors to covered terrace.  Living room (TV, DVD, CD) with French doors to terrace.  Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave) with French doors to rear terrace.  Shower room.  Double bedroom with French doors to rear terrace and en suite bathroom (separate shower).  Double bedroom with French doors to terrace and en suite shower room. 
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds (varying levels) comprising of covered and open terraces, Mediterranean plants and trees.  In built barbecue.  Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, irregular shaped with shallow ‘plage’ area).

The sparkling Corniche des Maures has for many years been attracting visitors drawn to its clear turquoise waters and gorgeous beaches.  From tiny hidden coves to long swathes of sand, family friendly beaches to the glamour of St Tropez, there really is a beach for everyone. Imagine our delight when we discovered Les Geckos, a charming villa less than 3.5km from five beaches at the eastern end of this beautiful coastline. We are sure you will agree this makes Les Geckos a great choice for a summer holiday.  Adding to its appeal, the charming village of La Croix Valmer, with a selection of restaurants, amenities and Sunday market, is only 1.4km away.

Having established its location credentials, we turned our attention to Les Geckos itself. Tastefully decorated, the interior is most welcoming and comfortable, with the relaxed ambience of a much-loved home. French windows flood the living and dining areas with Provencal light and a well-equipped kitchen will please the cooks in the party. Four bedrooms and four bathrooms (two of which are en suite) complete the accommodation.

Outside, Mediterranean plants and trees fill the borders with hues of green, a relaxing backdrop to the stone terrace and seating areas. Accessed by six steps from the lower level, the shaped pool sits below, easily viewed from the terrace above and with surrounding space for sunbathing. 

But it is perhaps on the front terrace where you will congregate, thanks in part to the mesmerising view that unfolds before your eyes. Capturing your attention throughout the day, it is a picture postcard vista of orderly rows of vines, clusters of pine and oak trees with the Mediterranean Sea and Cavalaire-sur-Mer as the backdrop.

Venture from this idyllic spot and you will encounter seaside towns, country villages and stunning scenery. Visit the Domaine de Rayol (13km), a magnificent lush Mediterranean garden open to the public, and Bormes les Mimosas (29km), a pretty flower filled medieval village. In the opposite direction, enjoy the scenic drive to Ramatuelle and then head to St Tropez to enjoy the glamour and glitz of this famous resort.

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Great Things to Do Near Les Geckos

Pamper yourself...

La Croix Valmer is well catered for in terms of spa and well-being facilities. Why not enjoy a masage or a beauty treatment as part of your holiday relaxation?

Taste the local wines

The classic tipple in Provence is rosé, but whites and reds are also produced here. There are many local vineyards where you can taste and buy wines direct. One of the nearest is the Domaine de la Croix on the edge of the village.

Massif des Maures

The countryside set back from the coast is called the Massif des Maures where the hills are thickly covered with cork oaks, chestnut trees and umbrella pines. It's a great area for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. Collobrières, in the heart of the Massif, is a characterful little town famous for 'marrons glacés' (sugared chestnuts).

Beaches

There are several beaches within a few kilometres of the house. Plage de Gigaro is La Croix Valmer's principal beach, a long sandy stretch with amenities on hand. But there are a string of lovely coves and bays to choose from, from family friendly options to quiet hideaways that are only accessible from the coastal path. In summer a free shuttle bus runs between the village and the nearest beaches.

The gardens of the Domaine de Rayol

Explore the wonderful array of gardens at Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer. As well as Mediterranean flora, there are dedicated areas for plants from other parts of the world, such as the Australian garden, the Chilean garden and so on. In contrast to the formality found in many European gardens, here there is an emphasis on working with nature rather than trying to constrain it. You can wander and discover the different landscapes at your own pace, with or without an audio guide, or you can take a guided tour to get extra insight and information.

An 'underwater path'

Don flippers, mask and snorkel to explore the marine flora and fauna of the coastal waters at close quarters. It is self-guided, but you will follow a designated 'path' with submerged information panels, and plenty to see including a shipwreck and an anemone garden. The starting point is 1km from the Gigaro beach car park.

Ramatuelle

Laid out in a spiral shape, this pretty medieval village sits on a little hill overlooking the Bay of Pampelonne. Both the buildings and the way of life here are well preserved, giving visitors a flavour of traditional Provence. In the summer, there are many open workshops and arts & crafts on display. The main square, the Place de l'Ormeau, hosts a market every Thursday and Sunday.

Pampelonne beach

This lengendary beach was brought to the world's attention in the 1940s and 50s, when film stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Errol Flynn starting frequenting it, and its fame has not waned since. Some may come here for the private beach clubs and jetset atmosphere, but many just appreciate its natural aspect - five kilometres of white sand backed by sand dunes and brush, no promenade or high rise.

St Tropez

Go celebrity spotting and enjoy the high life in this famously chic seaside town (approx 20 minutes' drive when the roads are clear, but can be much longer when they are not!). Take a stroll along the pretty waterfront to admire all the fancy boats in the port, then through the narrow streets lined with pastel facades up to the town centre where shopaholics and gastronomes will be in seventh heaven.

Day trip to Porquerolles

Head west to Hyères, and take the boat across to the Ile de Porquerolles. A National Park, it boasts beautiful unspoilt white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, and you will find no cars on the island!

Coastal walks

Long stretches of the coastal path are accessible in this region, affording some absolutely stunning views. You may like to follow some of the 18km route from Cavalaire beach to Cap Camarat, much of which is a protected zone for Mediterranean wildlife. Some beaches are only accessible via the coastal path, so these are of course less crowded even in high summer.

The village

La Croix Valmer has been a popular holiday destination since Roman times, and a key feature of the village are the grand 'belle-epoque' villas dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You will find a number of cafés and restaurants, and a small open-air theatre where performances are sometimes held in summer.

Seaside villages

Take a drive west and discover the villages along the coast: Cavalaire, Aiguebelle, Le Lavandou, Bormes les Mimosas...

Tennis courts

are available to hire at the Tennis Club in La Croix Valmer.

Water sports

A variety of water activities can be tried at La Croix Valmer, including sailing, kayaking, surfing and pedalos at Débarquement beach, and paddle-boarding, water-skiing and wakeboarding at Gigaro beach.

Nearby

Towns

La Croix Valmer 5 mins
Cavalaire-sur-Mer 10 mins
Port Grimaud 15 mins
Ramatuelle 20 mins
Saint-Tropez 20 mins
La Croix Valmer 20 mins
Grimaud 25 mins
Le Lavandou 40 mins

Beaches

Sylvabelle (La Croix Valmer) 5 mins
Débarquement (La Croix Valmer) 6 mins
Gigaro (La Croix Valmer) 7 mins
Héraclée (La Croix Valmer) 7 mins
Cavalaire-sur-Mer 8 mins
Plage Pampelonne (St Tropez) 25 mins

Airports

Toulon 60 mins
Nice 90 mins
Marseille 120 mins
Times are approximate

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