In 1936, the only people who -visited Saint-Tropez were a handful of -cognoscenti looking to enjoy the unspoiled charms of a tiny fishing village. The more discerning of these travelers bedded down at the Résidence de la Pinède even in those early days. Then came the 1950s, when the jet set from Paris’ rive gauche stormed the peninsula. By the 1960s, anyone who believed they were anyone simply had to be seen here. Thus began the golden age of the Résidence de la Pinède. One and all flocked to this noble hostelry: Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn and, later, Raquel Welch too, while Louis de Funès filmed several scenes from «Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez» here.