Recommended by Claire Griffin (Thomas's Fulham)
Hotel de Toiras, Ile de Re, France

Five Star Open Year-Round Elegant Hotel


Celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, L’Hôtel de Toiras is located in the Ile de Ré, a gorgeous island off the west coast of France. Open all year round, the five-star Relais and Chateaux hotel overlooks the picturesque harbour, and is located in a 17th-century shipbuilder’s house, 1.1km from the beach at Plage de la Cible. The hotel is an elegant and comfortable option for those choosing a family break in this historical, UNESCO heritage site. 

Rooms are individually decorated, with harbour or garden views; suites are available for larger families. Dining options include a gourmet restaurant, a lounge and a tearoom. Island activities include golf, horse riding, paddle boarding and boat trips. The 100km of cycling routes are the perfect way for families to enjoy the great outdoors together. Discover secluded sandy beaches, pine forests, pretty French villages, fishing harbours, salt pans, oyster farms and vineyards.


Directory Offer: FREE bottle of Vieilles Vignes Château Clarisse plus bike rental and a tea time for the family.

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“A fabulously chic hotel situated at the best location in Ile de Ré, right on the harbour wall in Saint-Martin-de Ré. Think Paris meets Cornwall… but warmer. The usual exceptional standards of Relais & Chateaux hotels are all upheld, with a terrace at the front facing west for sun bathed late afternoon drinks. Make sure you rent bicycles to visit the oyster shacks about 20 minutes ride away to the west for the freshest fruits de mer. Hotel guests receive a discount at the hire shop 100 yds from the hotel's front door.”


Jonathan Suckling - September 2019