Legendary Homes and Hotels – Hôtel La Ponche: The Source of the Tropezian Myth

It is the extraordinary story of a Southern ‘caboulot’, a bar where fishermen used to gather, which –  led by Boris Vian – became the beloved, secret spot of Tout-Saint-Germaine-des-Prés. Today, one woman holds the memory of this discreet, yet legendary hotel. Simone Duckstein, whose parents owned the bar, reminisces about the filming of ‘And God created women’ , with Bridget Bardot, remembering Françoise Sagan who used to come here to write, and Romy Schneider.

La Ponche, it is a close-knit hotel of around twenty rooms; it is a story of transmission, elegance and simplicity, in a town increasingly engulfed in luxury. It is also the story of a deeply-rooted place that is the source of life for its surrounding community: the local fishermen; with whom the young chef Thomas Danigo goes out to sea; the producers of olive-oil; the cheese-makers. La Ponche is the soul of authentic Saint-Tropez.


  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Production: Magneto Presse
  • Director: Laura Lequertier
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France