This journey along the Atlantic coast begins in Bordeaux with a vitalizing art-filled “city break". The trip up the Garonne river goes hand-in-hand with oyster tasting along the coast of the Banc d'Arguin, and a barge trip to Cap Ferret. To the north of Arcachon Bay, the Cordouan lighthouse and La Rochelle in turn offer beautiful stopovers facing the ocean. Enjoying long white sandy beaches and leisurely bike rides on the Ile de Ré concludes a salt-sprayed getaway that you wish you could prolong...
This property is annually closed. Reopening on 3/14/24
Restaurant and hotel in a vineyard. Located between the estuary and the beaches of the Atlantic, this classic Gironde charterhouse is a lively place where the Cazes family cultivates the discreet charm and warm elegance of a home surrounded by vineyards and adorned with the works of contemporary artists. The wine list, with more than 1,800 vintages, includes Bordeaux Grands Crus such as the renowned Château Lynch-Bages, which has been with the family since 1939. During a winemaking session, assemble your own wine and start tasting. A few steps away, the village of Bages is an essential stop on the Bordeaux wine route, where you can wander at your leisure and truly experience art de vivre! ... Learn moreless
Rive Gauche or Rive Droite, depending on your taste The best way to discover the region: get a taste of freedom on the open road! Comfortably installed behind your driver and the chrome handlebars of a Harley-Davidson (Road King Classic) 1700 cc, you’re off on an gourmet road trip with guided information...Read More less
Travel to the Banc d'Arguin to visit the adorable oyster farmers of La Kabane. Depart from Saint-Emilion by car with a driver, then put on a pair of boots for a barge boat ride from Cap Ferret to the Banc d’Arguin, visit the oyster beds, and taste oysters paired with white wine.
From Tuesday to Sunday, end a night on the town or start your visit of Bordeaux by strolling among the "food stations" of the Marché des Capucins. Couche-tard and Lève-Tôt meet at Jean-Mi's for a few oysters from the Bassin and a bit of white wine.
Rue Notre Dame in the Quartier des Chartrons (Bordeaux), Librairie Mollat in Bordeaux (do not try to get locked up at night, we’ve tried...without success), Bages Bazaar specialty store in Pauillac
Shopping on the other side of the river, a submarine base, and the Roof Top at Mama Shelter in Bordeaux 8am! We cross to the other side of the Garonne, in the new Darwin district which has been completely restructured on the former military wastelands of the Port of Bordeaux. Here, Marie has replaced...Read More less
This property is annually closed. Reopening on 2/29/24
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Wine enthusiasts will instantly recognise the name Saint-Émilion as one of the principal appellations of Bordeaux. Savour some great wines at the Hôtel de Pavie, where hosts Chantal and Gérard Perse warmly welcome guests to their elegant but relaxed retreat with stunning views of the vineyards as well as the medieval village, a Unesco World Heritage site. The interiors are an excellent blend of sophistication and comfort. At the restaurant be spoiled by the cuisine of the chef, who draws inspiration from the fresh food markets and the treasures of local farmers. ... Learn moreless
An architectural prowess built in the open sea, the majestic Cordouan lighthouse rises toward the sky standing proudly against the tumultuous waters of the Atlantic and the Gironde. Classified as a historical monument the same year as Paris’ Notre Dame in 1862, this piece of French history has triumphantly...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel on the seafront. Imagine a world apart where everything is designed for your pleasure. Here, along Relais & Châteaux’s Route du Bonheur, the clocks have stopped so that you may share in this timeless seaside adventure. Located just a stone’s throw from the chef’s eponymous restaurant, La Villa Grand Voile is the exciting realisation of Christopher Coutanceau and Nicolas Brossard’s ultimate dream: to offer their guests a unique, fully encompassing experience that conveys the true brilliance of this wonderful marine destination. Not far from the bustle of La Rochelle’s Old Port and tucked away along a quite street, this historic building invites you to relax and relish in the heart of this majestic maritime city of cobblestones, timber-framed facades and houses clad in white stone. ... Learn moreless
Île de Ré is well-known for its many cycling lanes. This time, explore the island with the wind blowing through your hair while riding in a Mehari. Information from Hôtel de Toiras
An adrenaline rush! Dare to take a two-seat parachute (don’t worry, you have a guide!) over La Rochelle, l’île de Ré or Oléron. You are guaranteed to get one of the most beautiful aerial views of the Atlantic coast. Followed by appetizers at sunset and dinner on the picturesque port of Saint-Martin...Read More less
Have you seen a donkey in clothes? The Rhaetian tradition of "well-dressed" donkeys is not likely included in your history books. The donkeys were dressed not to be cute, to show-off, or be original. They were dressed out of necessity. The salt marshes are a paradise for flies and mosquitoes, who enjoy...Read More less
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Total price communicated as an indication, based on a stay of the number of nights recommended on this webpage, taking place in the next 3 months, and based on double occupancy (excluding recommended activities, excluding properties not bookable online).
To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.