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September 14, 2012

Byblos Saint-Tropez Awarded Palace Status

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Saint-Tropez, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

After getting the fifth star in December 2009 and the trophy for the best welcome in the Luxury Hotels category in September 2011, the Hotel Byblos Saint-Tropez has entered the inner circle of French properties that has been officially granted the “Palace” distinction. The Palace distinction highlights the influence of France around the world and reinforces the position of the Byblos Saint-Tropez as an exceptional hotel on the international scene.

This award could not have been obtained without the involvement of Antoine Chevanne, CEO, assisted by Christophe Chauvin, the hotel’s general manager and the entire team: more than 280 employees surpassing themselves everyday. Since 1967, the Hotel Byblos, the jewel of Groupe Floirat, has been a luxurious oasis recognized around the world. Its legendary history consists of years of passion: over 45 years of adventure, relaxation, gourmet delights, parties and a unique sense of service.

With a total area of 182,986 square feet, the hotel resembles a Provencal village composed of small buildings placed side by side. A roof made of curved tiles lined with “Génoises,” in the spirit of the country; wrought iron balconies; fountains; small cobblestone squares; a hundred-year-old olive tree; palm trees; bougainvillea and jasmine – a total of over 400 plant species; an expansive patio; a large swimming pool; a waterfront bar; two restaurants and one nightclub, 91 rooms including 50 suites fully renovated in 2011.

A family-owned group, Groupe Floirat, at the pulse of its young and dynamic CEO, Antoine Chevanne, is always developing and constantly looking to achieve perfection, built on the legacy of its history to create more innovation. From the Byblos, to La Réserve in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville, Les Caves du Roy, or The Black Legend Monaco, Groupe Floirat centers its strategy on two dimensions: impeccable service and a warm welcome, as well as the utmost in quality and luxury at each legendary location

The Palace distinction rewards their know-how and their French savoir-faire developed by years of family history within the Byblos and in the art of fine living.

Following the reform of hotel classification, resulting from the development and modernization of tourist services on July 22, 2009, which classifies properties from one to five stars, Hervé Novelli (former Secretary of State for Trade, craft industry, SMEs, tourism, services and consumption) has created the Palace distinction.

The definition of requirements and terms for granting the “Palace” designation was entrusted to Atout France, the French Tourism Development Agency. The Palace distinction thus ensures the recognition of exceptional hotels.

It aims to highlight these properties on the international scene regarding a more and more important competition. Above all, it must contribute to the renown of French culture and the attractiveness of France as a destination.

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