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Belle Ile en Mer

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About Belle Ile en Mer

You don't need much more than the name to sell this 'beautiful island in the sea' situated just off the coast of Brittany. This island's nearside coastline is calm and sandy and dotted with little ports painted in pale, seaside colours, while the ocean side is more rocky and dramatic. So you get the best of both worlds, from calm sunbathing to windswept walks. The majority of the best places to stay on Belle-Île-en-Mer are on the eastern, Brittany-side coastline while there's an excellent range, from traditional seaside hotels to romantic B&Bs, perched dramatically on the headland.

As well as Le Palais on the eastern side, directly opposite Quiberon, Belle-Île-en-Mer has a town on the west side, Sauzon, which is much smaller and very charming. The town names somehow lack the obvious charms of the island's with Côte Sauvage and Grands Sables being perfect descriptions of the dangerous cliffs on one side and the long, placid beaches on the other.

Belle-Île-en-Mer's main sights are the Aiguilles de Port Coton, a collection of sharp rock stacks which have been an inspiration for countless artists and photographers, the citadel of Le alias and the Grotte de 'l'Apothicairerie on the southwestern coast.

Belle-Île-en-Mer is another of Brittany's great second home towns and the island population increases about tenfold during the summer months. The influx of summer visitors are treated not just to the island's day-to-day charms but also a summer opera festival and several music concerts.

So if you want to book a bed in one of the best places to stay in Belle Ile en Mer, you'll need to be organised and plan well ahead. Alternatively come in quieter months, when it will feel like you have the place to yourself.

For B&B

  • Chateau de Bordeneo is a manor house B&B with just five large, sophisticated rooms, gorgeous views and good spa facilities. Romantic, peaceful and luxurious, with a hearty breakfast included this B&B won't break the bank, but you will feel pampered.

For families

  • La Desirade is a fantastique little 32 room hotel set within its own small village. The decor is seaside-chic. There is a pool, spa and lovely gardens and situated just a short walk from the beach. There is plentyto do nearby, from diving to cooking classes or just walking around Belle-Île-en-Mer and seeing the sights.
  • The Hotel Le Cardinal is a modern, family friendly hotel with 55 simple, but stylish rooms, all with their own sea view balconies. The hotel has two restaurants of its own and you're just a short stroll from the beach.

Still not sure?

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Best Hotels in Belle Ile en Mer

  • Hotel Le Cardinal, Brittany 55 rooms from £77

    Sauzon Belle-Ile En Mer, Brittany

    A contemporary family friendly beach holiday hotel on Belle Ile. Simple but stylish rooms with private balconies and lovely views out to sea. Swimming pool, two restaurants and a beach nearby. All the ingredients for a relaxing beach holiday.

    Views  -  Stunning views of Belle Ile's wild coast
    Swimming Pool  -  Large Outdoor Pool
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  • Castel Clara from £170

    Belle Ile en Mer

    Castel Clara sits along the coast of Belle Île en Mer, overlooking Goulphar Bay. Offers chic accommodation featuring a refined décor coupled with light hues mimicking the coastal surroundings. Enjoy traditional French cuisine at the Le Bleu Maniere Verte and seafood at Le Café Clara! A superb stay.

    Fishing  -  Find a quiet spot along the coast and spend an afternoon fishing
    Great walks  -  Wander along the coast at sunset and take in the gorgeous views
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
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  • La Desirade 32 rooms from £85

    Bangor, Brittany

    A fantastic hotel set within its own small village. Contemporary rooms have seaside colouring and great bathrooms. Outdoor pool, gardens and a spa for relaxing. Superb French cuisine, a short walk to the beaches, and peaceful surroundings. Ideal for families and avid seamen.

    Local exploring  -  An extraordinary amount of activities nearby, from diving, cookery courses, sea fishing and the Vauban Citadel
    Families  -  Really something for everyone, with a tree adventure park for smaller guests, horse riding and coastal walks
    Fishing  -  Sea fishing trips available with Arnaud de Wildenberg
    Sights nearby  -  The Great Lighthouse and Airfield of Belle Ile
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Chateau de Bordeneo 5 rooms from £153

    Le Palais, Brittany

    A beautiful B&B manor house not far from the coast on an island. Sophisticated rooms are enormous with minimalist creamy furnishings and all the mod cons. Large communal balconies with stunning valley views, indoor pool and massages, and excellent hearty breakfasts. Romantic and luxurious.

    Views  -  Stunning valley views from balconies and the garden.
    Great walks  -  Stunning walks along the coastline, boat and yacht rentals too.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool and therapeutic massages.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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