L'Hôtel Byblos Saint-Tropez en 1967

Our history



Antoine Chevanne

Chairman of the Board
Owner of Le Byblos & Les Caves du Roy.

To associate the abduction of the lovely nymph Europa by Zeus with the Byblos really makes a lot of sense since both of them have the status of a myth.

A timeless hotel, the Byblos has lived through decades without ever giving in to trends and will remain a temple for all the pleasures.

A magical enclave at the heart of Saint-Tropez, at the same time sparkling and relaxing, secret and select, chic and low-key, it seems to me that the leading figures of the world have come at least once to the Byblos and to the Caves du Roy.

But the most beautiful stories are those that will be written up with us at the heart of the legend…




bardotBrigitte Bardot

lemythe-byblos-saint-tropez-jack-nicholson-cherJack Nicholson & Cher

lemythe-byblos-saint-tropez-mick-jaggerMick Jagger

clintClint Eastwood & Romy Schneider

Byblos, in the northern part of Beirut, two men are talking on the terrace of a restaurant. One of them, Jean-Prosper Gay-Para, admits his infatuation for Brigitte Bardot and his desire to build « a palace worthy of the Thousand and One Nights, unique in its kind, from one side of the Mediterranean to the other. »

MAY 1965
the construction of a myth begins…

27 MAY 1967
Launch of the Byblos inauguration – three days of festivities gathering more than 700 guests, personalities from the world of politics, literature and the arts graced by two exceptional godmothers: Mireille Darc and Brigitte Bardot…

July 1967
Les Caves du Roy, Temple of Tropezian nights, opens its doors…

With the Israeli-Arab conflict, Jean-Prosper Gay-Para decides to return to Beirut and to part with the Byblos. It’s a brilliant businessman that followed suit, Sylvain Floirat… Thus began the other story, the one of the Floirat family and its heirs.

1967 – 1971
the Byblos becomes the second home of Eddy Barclay, Michel Polnareff and many other artists and stars of this world…

Mick Jagger and top model Bianca Perez are married in Saint-Tropez and spend their honeymoon in one of the Byblos suites, revealing the establishment to the entire world.

Opening of the Byblos des Neiges in Courchevel with notably in the kitchen a certain Alain Ducasse…

Antoine Chevanne, great-grandson of Sylvain Floirat, takes on the ownership of the Byblos and becomes chief executive officer of Groupe Floirat, pursuing with talent this amazing family history. The same year, Spoon at Byblos by Alain Ducasse opens its doors.

The Byblos receives its fifth star

28 JUNE 2012
The Byblos enters the very closed circle of French Palaces.

17 APRIL 2013
Spoon is replaced by the new concept of Alain Ducasse: Rivea at Byblos

MAY 2017
The Byblos celebrates its 50th anniversary.

17 APRIL 2018
Opening of L’Epicerie by Byblos.

APRIL 2019
Opening of the Cucina restaurant and the Byblos Beach club on Pampelonne bay.