This is a very rural region of France midway up the Atlantic coast, and bordered to the east by the Massif Central
It is a land of coastal wetlands, scenic islands, canals but also oysters and cognac.
The culture is rich from Romanesque churches to 14th century maritime walled cities.
Take a boat tour in the Marais Poitevin
In a flat-bottomed boat explore waterways built by 12th-century monk.
It is a maze of pretty canals covered in duckweed and bordered by trees and bushes.
Enjoy Cognac tasting
Private distilleries open their doors to visitors. One of the most spectacular is the Otard distillery, where the guided tour affords a chance to see the remains of the 13th-century Château de Cognac.
Enjoy the beach in Royan
The sunny seaside resort of Royan is the most visited of the beach resorts along the « Côte de Beauté » (Coast of Beauty).
You will be charmed by the Old World atmosphere and its five sandy beaches.
Relax on Ile de Re
Enjoy a relaxing getaway in an idyllic scenery and balmy climate.
The island offers fine sandy beaches and a wild terrain of pine forests, marshes, oyster beds, hollyhocks, and fields of rosemary.
It is also a paradise for active travelers; sailing, surfing, and cycling are popular activities.
It has a unique ambience with whitewashed houses, colorful fishing harbor, trendy boutiques, cafés, and gourmet restaurants.
OUR FAVORITE HOTELS
Hotel de Toiras
5-star hotel – St Martin de Ré
Overlooking the harbor and a 4-minute walk from its sister property, Villa Clarisse, this upscale hotel in a 17th-century shipbuilder’s house is 1.1 km from the beach at Plage de la Cible.
The elegant, individually decorated rooms, some with old-world period furniture, come with harbor or garden views, free Wi-Fi and minibars. In-room massage are available (fee). Suites add sitting areas; some have fireplaces and/or marble bathrooms.
Dining options include a gourmet restaurant, a lounge and a tearoom. There’s also a garden, outdoor seating and valet parking (fee). Guests have free access to the seasonal heated outdoor pool at Villa Clarisse.
Le Corps de Garde
4-star hotel – St Martin-de-Ré
Overlooking the port of Saint-Martin de Ré, this quaint guesthouse in a 17th-century building is a 2-minute walk from the local history displays at the Musée Ernest Cognacq, 19 km from La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport and 24 km from birdwatching at Réserve Naturelle de Lilleau des Niges.
The 5 relaxed rooms are individually decorated and feature wood furnishings and warm hues. They all come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and port views; some add pull-out sofas. There’s no air-conditioning.
Breakfast is complimentary. Amenities available for surcharge include airport transfers and in-room massages
Domaine de la Baronnie
4-star hotel -St Martin de Ré
Old medieval seigniory, then farm, the Domaine de la Baronnie was restored at the dawn of the 2000s to become a reception area. Composed of a Dimes Barn and a Manor, the Estate has a capacity of up to 650 people.
All elements are gathered for the success of your event: a team at your disposal, a prestigious and functional environment.
5-star hotel – La Flotte
Overlooking Plage de l’Arnerault beach on the north coast of Île de Ré, this upscale spa hotel is 18.1 km from La Rochelle and 23.6 km from Phare des Baleines lighthouse museum.
Set in the main hotel or separate cottages, the airy rooms offer air-conditioning and minibars; some have ocean views. Elegant suites add living areas and terraces.
Amenities include a cozy restaurant, a terrace bar and an outdoor pool, as well as a thalassotherapy day spa that uses seawater from the adjacent bay.
Le Clos Saint Martin Hotel & Spa
4-star hotel – St Martin de Ré
Set in an 18th-century house, this spa hotel is 1.8 km from Plage de la Cible and 18.8 km from Phare des Baleines lighthouse.
The chic, nautically themed rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Elegant suites add seating areas and Nespresso machines. A refined villa has 6 bedrooms opening onto the garden or patio, and features a modern kitchen, a cozy living room and a private pool, plus 12 bikes, a garage and a butler.
There are 2 seasonal outdoor pools, with 2 aqua bikes and a poolside bar. The plush spa offers a Turkish bath, a relaxation room and various treatments. There’s also a gym with fitness classes available on request.
Chateau de Mirambeau
5-star hotel – Mirambeau
Surrounded by an 8-hectare park, this grand hotel in a 16th-century stone-built mansion is 16 km from the medieval Château de Jonzac and 24 km from the iconic tower in the town of Pons.
Featuring park or pool views, the genteel rooms come with antique furnishings, colorful fabrics and marble bathrooms, as well as free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Some rooms have claw-foot tubs. Suites add sitting areas. Room service is available.
An airy gourmet restaurant offers a covered terrace dining area. Other amenities include a gym, complimentary parking, and a posh spa (for guests age 16 and over), plus bar service to an elegant lounge and the outdoor pool.
La Monnaie Art & Spa Hotel
4-star hotel – La Rochelle
Set in a 17th-century mansion filled with contemporary artworks, this upscale boutique hotel overlooking the Vieux-Port is a 1-minute walk from the Tour de la Lanterne and a 3-minute walk from the beach.
The classy, understated rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Some offer garden views. Suites add separate lounges and/or extra bedrooms.
Amenities include a fitness room, a chic bar and a spa. Breakfast is available for an extra cost and served in the elegant dining room or in the courtyard.
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