Connected by a slim, 3km long road bridge to La Rochelle and the Poitou-Charentes region, the Île de Ré is a thin strip of sunny gorgeousness known for its whitewashed villages, spectacular ocean views, old ramparts and peaceful, beachside atmosphere. Our Guru’s selection of the best places to stay on the Île de Ré include some rather luxurious small hotels, beautiful, but reasonably priced old villas and some properties with seriously amazing ocean views.
As well as enjoying the pleasures of the main town, the fishing port of Saint Martin, which has those fantastic ramparts and streets filled with little boutiques, galleries, craft shops and bars and restaurants, visitors to the Île de Ré should make time to go round the south side where all the best sandy, sloping beaches are, and maybe try a spot of riding, surfing or golf?
The best places to stay on the Île de Ré do get busy during peak season, so it’s worth booking ahead.
Ars en Ré, Ile de Re
In the centre of pretty, chic Ile de Ré, this is a very French, very laidback hotel which sprawls in a glorious hotch-potch of staircases & winding corridors. Rooms are quirkily decorated with designer flair; some with private terraces. There's a small pool, charming breakfasts, and quiet courtyards
Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Ile de Re
Beautiful hotel nestled down a little street in Saint-Martin-de-Re. French country-style rooms with ambient lighting and white linens are filled with light from their private balconies. Roll-top baths complete the decor. There is a fragrant rose lines courtyard garden where breakfast is served.
Ile de Re
This magnificent 18th-century manor house is surrounded by its own glorious garden. Beautiful, light rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques, wooden floors & all mod cons. Enjoy the bar, living rooms, library, spa and heated pool. A spacious and sophisticated base for exploring the Ile de Ré
Ile de Re
Stunning location at the port of Saint Martin on the beautiful island of Ré. The immaculate, elegant rooms are a wonderfully peaceful environment with spectacular views of the ocean. The luxury continues with the hotel's heated outdoor pool, fantastic restaurant, and in room massages & treatments.
Ile de Re
This hotel offers guests the chance to totally relax. Beautiful bedrooms are designed with harmonious tones, whitened furniture and oak flooring. Two heated swimming pools and the landscaped garden is the picture-perfect spot to unwind in. A range of treatments are available in the Clarins spa.
Il de Re, Ile de Re
Pretty country house close to the beach. Light, modern rooms have wooden floors, cream and nautical colourings with French antiques dotted about. Outdoor pool, gardens and spa treatments. Excellent American breakfast buffets, served outside if possible. Chic and laid back, ideal for a weekend.
Ile de Re
A large sophisticated hotel with breathtaking views over the ocean. The rooms are bright and elegant with sea or garden views, most with their own terrace. It boasts its own pool, thalassotherapy spa and Michelin-starred restaurant. The whole place oozes quality and relaxation.