Beach hotels are hard to find in Bordeaux but we have searched, found and selected the best of the best for your next trip to combine wine and sand in Bordeaux.
The beautiful region of Bordeaux is packed with sandy beaches, charming villages and seaside towns and that’s before you even consider the vineyards for which the area is, of course renowned! You can spend many a happy hour exploring fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Bordeaux itself, the wine-making town of St Emilion and the forts around Citadel de Blaye. Cap Ferret, a chic, chilled-out seaside town is the place to be seen and is great to explore by bike. Several airlines fly direct from London to Bordeaux including Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways, with flights times a little over an hour and a half this is a perfect destination for a long weekend in the French sunshine. As for accommodation in this enchanting area, you are rather spoilt for choice so these are my Top 5 recommendations for a hotel or villa that places you near to the beach.
1) Villa La Tosca
This is a stunning 5-star, fully serviced Boutique Villa Hotel with eight luxurious bedrooms-suites set in an amazing mansion house; an ecological swimming pool, beautiful sun terrace and gardens, and exquisite gourmet dining. This beautiful Villa is pictured above and below and you can see why it gets our top position. Each of the spacious suites has a unique look and feel, they are all contemporary in design and finished in beautiful fabrics and furnishings. All the suites either offer a view looking across the beautiful gardens or out to sea, one of the rooms even offers a 360-degree view! The Hotel is situated on the shores of the tranquil Arcachon Bay, set between the sea and beautiful pine forests, and is less than an hour’s drive from the world-famous vineyards of Bordeaux. It is also possible to hire the entire property for exclusive use – perfect for special occasions or if you’re travelling with a group.
2) La Corniche
The hotel is a former hunting lodge and is set right on the sand dunes; it’s achingly stylish with a definite hint of art deco and has a beautiful infinity pool. Situated 4.5 km from the tallest sand dune in Europe, Dune du Pilat, and 5.7 km from the Plage des Arbousiers beach. The seafood restaurant is very much the place to go – the sea views from the terrace are magnificent, there is also a popular bar. The garden even has a giant chessboard – perfect to entertain the children while you sip a glass of rose in the sun!
3) L’Etang Du Cygne
Translated, this villa is called ‘Swan Lake’, but it’s a family of ducks that you’ll find living on the pond just outside this delightful, rustic, ivy-covered country cottage. There’s are 3 double bedrooms, a living room, a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and beautiful patio area as well as a private pool. The cottage is situated in Médoc and is well situated to explore this beautiful region. Not really strictly on the beach this one, but the beach at Montalivet is just a short drive away.
4) Grand Atlantic Hotel
A charming, colourful 4-star hotel that fully embraces its’ seaside theme, it’s actually very tastefully done and has a lovely, calm atmosphere throughout. There are 55 bedrooms, a solarium with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, a Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room. The hotel is situated in beautiful Arcachon, with many tempting sporting, cultural and gourmet treats at your fingertips.
5) Le B d’Arcachon
A smart 3-star hotel that makes it onto the top 5 because it has a luxurious finish but mainly because it is literally steps from the beach at Arcachon. There are 56 rooms and suites, the deluxe rooms with it’s beautiful panoramic view of the bay and the spacious suites would get my vote and are much more a 4-star finish than 3-star. Breakfast is a delicious French buffet affair and there is a comfortable lounge area and complimentary Wi-Fi.
A trip to the region of Bordeaux really does have it all; culture, wonderful French cuisine, stunning beaches and of course it would be wrong to ignore what makes it famous, that rather delectable wine! A stay in one of these beach hotels and villas places you perfectly to enjoy all that Bordeaux has to offer.
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