Sainte Maxime is a very pretty village often overshadowed by its famous neighbour Saint Tropez. South facing, it has wonderful beaches like La Nartelle which are less crowded and offer every type of water sport: water skiing, para gliding, dough-nutting, water boarding and fishing and more. The village has some delightful pedestrian precincts with shops selling local produce: from ceramics and glass to olive oil and local rose wine, as well as some surprisingly good whites and reds. Just outside the town is Beauvallon, a peaceful residential area dotted with fabulous private villas overlooking the Bay of Saint Tropez and Saint Tropez village itself and some world class golf courses. And when you want to dip into the social scene and nightlife across the water, there’s a ferry which leaves every 15 minutes and runs until 3am – a much quicker alternative to driving around the bay and you don’t have to worry about driving home.