Stunning beach hotels in France for all budgets
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Planning a beach holiday in France? Whether you’re travelling on a budget or splashing out on a luxury hotel here are 10 of the best hotels and gîtes near the coast in France
In a hamlet five minutes’ drive from Port-Bourgenay and the beach at Le Veillon, La Dagoterie comprises a self-catering gîte and three chambre d’hôte rooms. The gîte has two bedrooms, a large living room and fully equipped kitchen, and there is plenty to entertain the family with swings, a sandpit, garden furniture and a barbecue. The three chambre d’hôte rooms sleep from two to four guests. The property has a large landscaped park and a bike track leading to the beach.
Gîte from €350 per week; rooms from €68 per night including breakfast, based on two sharing.
Built more than 100 years ago in a Caribbean style, this charming chambre d’hôte is located in the Calanques national park. Hiking trails lead through the cliffs from the guesthouse, and boating enthusiasts will find sea kayaks to hire at the beach less than 200 metres away. The exotic garden makes an idyllic setting for breakfast, and you can take your pick of the seafront restaurants for other meals. There are three guesthouse rooms including a suite for four, as well as an independent cottage and studio slightly nearer the sea. A shuttle bus to the centre of Marseille takes 30 minutes.
Guesthouse rooms from €75 including breakfast; week-long studio stay for two from €350.
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Ty Mad – literally, ‘the good house’ – occupies a former presbytery that has been converted with taste and style. Unpolished wood floors, whitewashed walls and unusual furniture make up the decor for the 13 rooms. Perched in an elevated position, the hotel has sweeping views of the Baie de Douarnenez and is a haven of tranquillity. Chef Vincent Jugeau cooks light, natural and organic dishes, and there is a spa to make your stay even more relaxing.
Doubles from €80.
This boutique hotel in the heart of the Riviera resort is a little haven of peace and quiet, with the ten cosy rooms surrounding a patio garden. Guests are just a few steps from the beach and a 15-minute stroll along the sea front from the old town. The hotel provides towels and beach mats, as well as a kayak and four bicycles for those wanting to explore further.
Rooms from €81.
The resort of Brignogan-Plages, on Brittany’s north-west coast, enjoyed its heyday in the 1930s, but nowadays it is a relatively unfamiliar place. You can enjoy sandy beaches and coastal trails, including the GR34, the so-called customs officers’ path, which runs for 1,800 kilometres along the region’s coast. The four-star Hôtel de la Mer occupies a refurbished 1920s building and has beautiful sea views and direct access to the beach. The owners have created an eco-friendly environment with 18 rooms and eight apartments, a gourmet restaurant and bistro, and a wellness centre with indoor heated pool and spa.
Doubles from €90.
This renovated maison du maître is located in the village of Leucate, which lies between the eponymous lagoon and the Mediterranean north of Perpignan. All 20 rooms have been individually decorated, while the cosy open lounge is the ideal place to unwind with a glass of wine. You can also relax with a massage in your room or take a dip in the heated swimming pool on the roof terrace. The hotel arranges vineyard visits and hires out e-bikes for guests to explore the area without breaking a sweat.
Doubles from €135.
The Bassin d’Arcachon, which includes the town of Arcachon and the Cap Ferret headland, is well-known for its oysters and family-friendly beaches. In the historical quarter of Arcachon ten minutes’ walk from the beach, the Hôtel Ville d’Hiver occupies a stunning 19th-century building that was once the Générale des Eaux factory. The 18 rooms are set over three levels in separate buildings and each has a balcony with views of the garden. Other facilities include a spa, a bistro restaurant and an outdoor pool in the form of a water tank.
Doubles from €140.
Experience the glitz and glamour of the Côte d’Azur at this four-star hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean. The hotel was a favourite of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, and retains the spirit of the roaring twenties thanks to the art deco interiors and the informal elegance. Rooms are spacious and come with a balcony looking over the sea or the gardens. Dine at one of three restaurants, including the Michelin-starred La Passagère, grab a stool at the Piano Bar Fitzgerald, or dance the night away at the beach bar, which has a DJ night every Thursday in summer.
Doubles from €162.
If you are looking for history, style and luxury while rubbing shoulders with celebrities in a prime spot on the Côte d’Azur, Le Negresco is hard to beat. Opened in 1913, this famous hotel overlooks the Promenade des Anglais and the Baie des Anges. Each room is decorated using period furniture from a particular era, including suites inspired by Louis XIV and the Empress Joséphine. Throughout the hotel you will find five centuries of art and furniture – look out for the Baccarat chandelier in the Salon Royal. Enjoy a drink in the wood-panelled bar before dining at the two-Michelin-starred Le Chantecler, or the fairground-themed La Rotonde brasserie.
Doubles from €290.
Get away from it all on a 2,000-hectare private estate on the south-west coast of the island, which offers a private beach with kayaks to hire, horseback riding, golf and a spa. Guests stay in villa estates or restored shepherds’ houses, three of which are seaside properties. The three restaurants use produce from the estate including meat from the farm, garden-grown vegetables, oil from the olive mill and honey from the on-site apiary.
Prices for a seaside property (eight-12 guests) start from €350 a night; minimum one week mid-June to mid-Sept.
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