CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to France Magazines today CLICK HERE

Stunning beach hotels in France for all budgets

PUBLISHED: 12:11 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 14 June 2018

Le Negresco, Nice © E Billhardt

Le Negresco, Nice © E Billhardt


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

La Dagoterie, VendéeLa Dagoterie, Vendée


La Dagoterie, Port-Bourgenay, Vendée, Pays de la Loire

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.

La Petite Calanque, MarseilleLa Petite Calanque, Marseille

La Petite Calanque, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

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.


Don’t miss

14 stylish hotels in France for under €150 a night

Are these the best beaches in France?


Hotel Ty Mad, DouarnenezHotel Ty Mad, Douarnenez

Hotel Ty Mad, Douarnenez, Finistère, Brittany

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.

Hôtel la Jabotte, AntibesHôtel la Jabotte, Antibes

Hôtel la Jabotte, Antibes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

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.

Hôtel de la Mer, Brignogan-PlagesHôtel de la Mer, Brignogan-Plages

Hôtel de la Mer, Brignogan-Plages, Finistère, Brittany

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.


Don’t miss

Discover the stunning secret beaches of the south of France

Stay the night in an UNESCO World Heritage Site in France


Hôtel le 19-21, Leucate, Aude © Marie-Caroline LUCATHôtel le 19-21, Leucate, Aude © Marie-Caroline LUCAT


Hôtel le 19-21, Leucate, Aude, Occitanie

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.

Hotel Ville d'Hiver, Arcachon © Hotel Ville d'HiverHotel Ville d'Hiver, Arcachon © Hotel Ville d'Hiver

Hôtel Ville d’Hiver, Arcachon, Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine

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.

Hôtel Belles Rives, Juan-les-PinsHôtel Belles Rives, Juan-les-Pins

Hôtel Belles Rives, Juan-les-Pins, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

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.


Don’t miss

15 of the most beautiful coastal villages in France

10 of the most beautiful hotels in France


Le Negresco, NiceLe Negresco, Nice


Le Negresco, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

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.

Domaine de Murtoli, Sartène, Corsica © Bruno MayorDomaine de Murtoli, Sartène, Corsica © Bruno Mayor

Domaine de Murtoli, Sartène, Corsica

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.

Like this? You might enjoy:

Secret islands to discover in France

Hotels on the Côte d’Azur for all budgets

11 secluded retreats in France you will love

Article by France Magazine France Magazine

More from Travel

Friday, December 7, 2018

These welcoming and wonderful Christmas markets are just a short trip across the Channel away, so what are you waiting for?

Read more
Thursday, December 6, 2018

When it’s cold outside, indulge your love of French food and drink at one of these stylish pop-ups and events closer to home

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Discover the Christmas delights of northern France with our top five Christmas markets in the region

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

From lakeside jazz festivals to chestnut fairs, get stuck in with these events taking place across France in December 2018

Read more
Thursday, November 22, 2018

You can ditch the airport queues and long drives, and hit the rails instead, says Daniel Elkan. The French Alps has an abundance of ski resorts that suit families, easily accessed by train.

Read more
Monday, November 19, 2018

Budget travellers can pay nothing to stay at bed and breakfasts around the world during Barter Week in exchange for manual, creative or teaching activities

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Find out when your favourite French ski resort opens and closes this year and start planning your ski trip to France

Read more
Winter trips
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Find out what events are taking place in France to commemorate the Armistice centenary.

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

The full route of the 2019 Tour de France was announced in Paris on 25 October

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

From hot air balloon gatherings to scallop festivals, there’s always something fun and unique going on in France in November

Read more
Subscribe for

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

France Forum

Questions about France? Visit our free France forum to get help and advice from thousands of other Francophiles and expats. Topics include: property, tax, law, travelling, pets, education, healthcare and much more.

Join the forum

Most Read

Join us on social media

France magazine
Living France magazine
French Property News magazine

Enter our competitions

Win books, DVDs, travel and even holidays in France in our great competitions! Take a look at our latest competitions…

Enter now