The best beach hotels in France
"Seven days of great comfort in a superb location" were enjoyed at the Cesne family"s holiday hotel in a pieds dans l"eau position on the Cotentin peninsula, south of Cherbourg.
From £103 per night
Le Mas de la Fouque
'An idyllic luxury hotel in the Camargue", this neat whitewashed mas is isolated by a lagoon just north of the Camargue"s little seaside capital.
From £193 per night
Manoir du Sphinx
Built as a private villa in the early 20th century and "tastefully extended" in the 1960s, this hotel on the north Brittany coast "stands dramatically above pink granite rocks that lead to the sea"s edge, which one can scramble down to", according to a visitor.
From £96 per night
Hotel des Pins
On the edge of a pine forest, near the southern tip of the Médoc peninsula, "Soulac is a proper little seaside town", and l"Amélie is a "sort of suburb".
From £58 per night
Le Corps de Garde
Ile De Re
The Île de Ré, offshore from La Rochelle, is a popular bolthole for wealthy Parisians. It has miles of glorious sandy beaches, an interior of pine forests and vineyards, and plenty of charm (planning regulations forbid unsightly hoardings and oversized buildings).
From £145 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
Le Homard Bleu
Ile De Oleron
Facing the sea, near the spectacular bridge which links Oléron to the mainland, this white-fronted property is in a village in the south-east of the island.
From £54 per night
Hotel-Restaurant Les Tourelles
This fin-de-siècle villa is a former home of the parfumier Pierre Guerlain. "Winningly eccentric", it has a "pieds-dans-l"eau position" on the north side of the Somme estuary (excellent birdwatching and "very special, pearly light").
From £80 per night
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