Europe’s best beach hotels
Le Mas du Langoustier
The middle, and most easily accessible, of the three Îles d"Hyères, the island of Porquerolles (the name means "lavender port") is a car-free national park, with wooded cliffs and sandy beaches.
From £150 per night
Hotel Le Maquis
Named after the scrub-like bushes which cover Corsica and gave their name to the French Resistance, this "very well-run hotel" is a collection of buildings by the sea.
From £180 per night
Ile De Re
Connected to the mainland at La Rochelle, by a three-kilometre toll bridge, the Île de Ré has sandy beaches, oyster beds and, out of season, "an air of tranquillity".
From £437 per night
Miramar Boutique Hotel
In an area popular with tourists attracted by the fine beaches, this small luxury hotel stands high above the sea, in sumptuous gardens with superb views across the Gulf of Valinco.
From £190 per night
Fleur de Sel
The island of Noirmoutier, north-west of La Rochelle, was a monastic settlement in the seventh century; now tourism is its main industry.
From £111 per night
Hotel Villa Ariston
This classic seaside resort was popular with the aristocracy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Palmizana Meneghello Reservation
On a small private island in the south Adriatic, off the coast of the island of Hvar, this ‘splendid’ complex (‘my favourite place for a weekend break’, says a fan) is owned and run by Dagmar Meneghello, journalist and arts patron, with her three adult children, Djenko, Romina and Tarin.
On the small island of Lopud, 45 minutes by ferry from Dubrovnik, this ‘charming hotel’, run by its owners, the Vilina family, is warmly recommended.
Guide Book Vouchers
Selected hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide