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Par Helen Fielding

Villa Marie Saint-Tropez break

So quiet, rural and intime, close to beaches and 10 minutes from the glamour and bustle of Saint Tropez.

Stay break holiday Villa Marie Saint-Tropez
Mini break Villa Marie Saint-Tropez

Since Bridget Jones is obsessed by mini-breaks, I am often asked how a mini-break is actually defined. This is as follows:

NUMBER OF NIGHTS: 1–3 (4–6 becomes a ‘short break’).

OBJECTIVE: An escape from everyday life and peeves, real or imagined.

PLANNING PHASE: Just the right amount of Googling to avoid what you’re actually supposed to be doing.

IN-MINI-BREAK PHASE: Feel completely reinvented, rejuvenated, and free, marvelling repeatedly at how quickly this has happened.

FINAL MOMENTS: Attempt to prolong mini-break by missing plane.

POST MINI-BREAK: Sulk. Begin Googling imaginary future mini-breaks.