La Baule


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About La Baule

La Baule, or to give it its full title La Baule-Escoublac, is a charming town in the Loire-Atlantique on the West coast of France. The best places to stay in La Baule are either those close to the beach or with lovely seaviews (our choices tick both those boxes).

The town was established in the mid nineteenth century as a summer resort. !n 1879 the railway arrived opening the coast up to tourism. In 1918 a casino magnate invested heavily in the town attempting to replicate Deauville. By the 1920’s La Baule was a very fashionable destination for French high society, and during the 1930s it hosted the motor racing Grand Prix. The beautiful villas, casino and luxury hotels bear testament to this glamorous past.

Nowadays, La Baule remains a smart - although much more socially diverse - destination. It is virtually unknown outside France, although here it is known as the ‘San Tropez of the West’ with its lovely 12 kilometre stretch of sand - the finest on the Cote d’Amour. This vast beach is perfect for families and as well as the usual bucket and spade activities you'll find joggers, horse riding, kite surfers, wind surfers and much more.

It's a bit of a mecca for sailors too and there's a harbour at either end of the bay filled with boats of all shapes and sizes.

What Not To Miss

  • Stroll along the lovely Parc des Dryades on a sunny day, where there are activities to keep the kids occupied too.
  • If you're into your art then check out the displays at the Espace Culturel Chapelle Saint Anne or at De La Vague à l'Art.
  • Or, learn more about the history of light aircraft at the Musee Aeronnautique de la Presqu'ile Cote d'Amour.
  • Savour the region's fantastic seafood at one of the many fish restaurants along the front.

The town is particularly busy during July and August (when the Parisians come to stay). So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in La Baule during the peak summer months, book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in La Baule-Escoublac

The Most Romantic Places to Stay in La Baule

  • In the charming village of Pornichet, just to the east of La Baule, Hotel Sud Bretagne is a lovely boutique hotel featuring sumptuous interiors with all mod cons. There is a romantic Japanese garden and Asian spa. The restaurant is gourmet standard.

Elegant Places to Stay in La Baule

  • Le Saint Christophe is a villa hotel, situated in the centre of town with elegant rooms, some contemporary, some more classic with antique furniture and walls covered with tasteful artwork. It boasts excellent French cuisine and there's a leafy garden. Beside La Baule’s market place, it's just five minutes from the beach or harbour and so an ideal base for exploring the coast by land or sea.

Prefer An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Best time to visit La Baule is during the summer months, with the average daily temperature rising to 18°C in July and August. However this is peak season, so if you want the beaches to yourself then consider visting in June or September.
  • Visitors can fly into Nantes Atlantique Airport, located 79km away, before taking the train across to La Baule.
  • EasyJet fly direct to Nantes from Luton and Gatwick.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in La Baule

  • La Villa d'Escoublac La Baule (ESCOUBLAC) 3 rooms from £69

    Beach Life  -  La Baule's main draw is the long stretch of picturesque beach.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the nearby Brière Regional Natural Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day exploring the medieval town of Guérande.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    A small chic property set in the resort town of La Baule - famed for a long stretch of sandy beach. Rooms are contemporary in style with whitewashed walls, large modern artworks and minimalist furniture. There's a small pool in the quiet garden and the beach is a few minutes drive away. See More

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  • Villa La Ruche La Baule 3 rooms from £96

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to access the cultural attractions in the region.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the scenic la Grande Brière natural park.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Swimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

    A chic B&B boasting a secluded spot just minutes from the beach. Individually styled rooms range from traditional to contemporary. All feel luxurious and spacious. A large pool sits in the tranquil garden, indulgent breakfasts are served in a sunny conservatory and there's always a warm welcome. See More

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  • Hotel Sud Bretagne La Baule 30 rooms from £104

    Foodies  -  Fabulous delicate flavours and subtle scents of spices at Le Patio.
    Luxury  -  Wonderful rooms, gourmet cuisine, and inventive architecture.
    Spa  -  Fabulous spa treatments include reflexology and lots of Asian techniques.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
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    A boutique hotel on the outskirts of La Baule. Smart interiors include a range of rooms, suites, and apartments with all the mod cons and good sized bathrooms. A lovely Japanese style garden, inventive cuisine, and an Asian spa. An all round hotel; romantic, gourmet, family friendly. See More

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  • La Palmeraie La Baule 9 rooms from £132

    Beach Life  -  La Baule is all about the glorious stretch of yellow sand beach located just minutes from the property.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through Brière Regional Natural Park.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled accessNo pets

    A chic hotel within a stone's throw of La Baule's glorious beach. Well designed rooms are clean and contemporary with high ceilings, whitewashed walls, polished wooden floors and tastefully patterned soft furnishings. The fabulous restaurant specialises in seafood and is worthy of a visit alone. See More

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  • Le Saint Christophe La Baule 45 rooms from £132

    Local exploring  -  Set in leafy gardens, less than five minutes walk from the beach and just behind the marketplace.
    Local markets  -  Situated right beside La Baule market place, the perfect spot for picking up some local produce.
    Sailing  -  Great stopping point for sailing are the coast of Brittany.
    Fishing  -  Take a sea fishing trip from La Baule harbour.
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    Delightful villa hotel in the seaside town of La Baule. Elegant, well appointed rooms, with antique furniture and tasteful art work. Enjoy sumptuous meals cooked from fresh local produce. Just a short stroll from the beach, its the perfect place for exploring the beautiful Breton coast. See More

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  • Le Castel Marie-Louise La Baule (44500 La Baule-Escoublac) 31 rooms from £163

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the hotel's romantic suites and the charming, gourmet French restaurant
    Beach Life  -  This hotel makes an idyllic seaside retreat, perfect for a relaxed beach holiday
    Local exploring  -  With a prime location on the coast, this hotel is great for local exploring
    Great walks  -  Explore the coastal paths on a long walk; hotel staff will be happy to recommend the best routes
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    This luxury manor house hotel sits in the heart of La Baule, France. The elegantly curated guestrooms feature classic furniture, plush linens and floral accents; book the sea view suite for a charming private terrace. Dine al fresco in the park before a nightcap at the cosy bar; a stately retreat. See More

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  • Hotel Barriere Le Royal La Baule (44504 La Baule-Escoublac) 87 rooms from £199

    Local exploring  -  The hotel's privileged seafront location makes it a great base for local exploring in La Baule
    Beach Life  -  Sitting right on the coast, this hotel is perfectly placed for a relaxing beach holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Book a luxury suite for a romantic private terrace with sea views
    Tennis  -  Stay active on your beach break with a game of tennis at the nearby country club; the hotel can book ahead for you
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    This luxury hotel boasts a seafront location in La Baule, France. Sophisticated guestrooms feature classic interior design, designer furnishings and plush soft linens; book a suite for a terrace with sea views. Enjoy a healthy lunch at Le Fouquet; a great seaside stay for couples and families alike. See More

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