The 25 Best Hotels in the Languedoc

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The Languedoc is the bit of sun drenched southern France between the Rhone River, the Garonne River and the coast. You won't find poseurs on the beaches here. The coastline is varied, and while some of it is perfect for a beach resort break (there are plenty of blue flag beaches), some of it is pretty dramatic too. This region of France has long been known for its down to earth nature, varied and beautiful landscape and complicated history - it's been owned by just about everyone. And our pick of the 25 best hotels in the Languedoc region reflects that - The Hotel Guru has recommendations from rustic farmhouse B&Bs to historic chateaux, to sophisticated luxury escapes, and everything in between. There truly is something for everyone whatever your taste or budget.

Languedoc

Capital of the region, Montpellier has some of the best hotels in the Languedoc if you're looking for graceful architecture on elegant boulevards. Montpellier has made money and then spent it on looking lovely. The atmosphere is one of culture, tolerance and appreciation of the aesthetic.

Montpellier

Nîmes is known for its architecutre too, and it's far from soley a treasure trove of wonderfully preserved Roman buildings - though its magnificent Roman aqueduct is one of the region’s highlights and the 20,000 seat amphitheatre is so well preserved it was used as the main set for the film Gladiator. It's also close to both the Mediterranean and Provence.

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Yachties and people-watchers will find some of the best hotels in the Languedoc in Port Camargue - it's a thriving marina just to the east of Montpellier and boasts a vast beach. It's also perfect if you want to venture into the Camargue National Park. Perpignan is a good choice for those who like the combination of beach and city. It's also ideally located for day trips to Spain. While Carcassonne is definitely the place to stay for fans of beautiful medieval architecture. Sitting like a proper fairytale castle atop a hill, this medieval castle-of-a-town has 53 turrets and ramparts and walls which have been strengthened - by adding width - several times. Carcassonne's last major building works took place in the 13th Century and it was only repaired and restored in the 19th. That's why it looks in reasonable repair. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, this town attracts a lot of visitors in the summer and has numerous festivals.

Carcassonne

Just remember that if you're planning to visit this region during the peak summer months then the best hotels in the Languedoc-Roussillom will be extremely busy. So either book well ahead or change your dates to the shoulder season, when the weather will still be good, but the crowds will have gone.

The 25 Best Hotels in the Languedoc

The Most Romantic Hotels in the Languedoc

The Domaine de Biar is a stunning country house located on the edge of Montpellier. Lovingly converted throughout, keeping its distinctly French feel, with contemporary architectural touches. Country-style gardens, roaming horses. A gorgeous pool quickly aids relaxation (as does the spa). Thoroughly spoiling.

Domaine de Biar

If you're looking for somewhere grand to stay the Baudon de Mauny is one of the best places to stay in the Languedoc. The ceilings in some of the eight rooms and suites are nothing short of palatial. All are different and while some have original 18th Century features, some are quite modern. Hire the entire property for a really special occasion.

If you're planning a romantic break the Hotel de la Cite will fit the bill nicely. Nestled into the ramparts of Carcassonne, this charming, ivy covered building has wonderfully traditional features which have been retained and sumptuously added to. With its Michelin star restaurant this is perfect for foodies.

Hotel de la Cite

The Best Hotels for the Historic Languedoc

Ideal for a city break, Hotel d'Aragon, Montpellier is a comfortable and peaceful Montpellier bolthole, a short walk from both the railway station and the historic centre. Ideal for visitors looking for a small and characterful hotel from which to explore the city.

Hotel d'Aragon

If you want to be in central Nîmes you can't beat Hotel La Maison de Sophie. Art Deco in style this townhouse B&B has furniture dating from the same period and large rooms full of character.

Also in Nîmes, the Jardins Secrets offers a little haven amid the busy centre. It's a gorgeous 18th century coaching inn with lovely bedrooms, outdoor pool and spa, yet just minutes from the city's highlights.

Jardin Secrets

If you do want to stay right in the medieval heart of Carcassonne, then your best option is at 42 Rue Victor Hugo. The decor is lovely - all high ceilings, parquet floors and fancy fireplaces.

The next best thing to staying within the walls must be staying beside the walls? If this wonderful view sounds appealing to you then one of the best places to stay in Carcassonne is the Hotel du Château. Surprisingly modern inside, the hotel's garden leads right up to the medieval ramparts, so you can enjoy the view from the comfort of the very modern pool and deck.

Hotel du Chateau

The Best Hotels on the Languedoc Coast

The Hotel Ile de la Lagune is a luxurious private island hotel in a lagoon not far from the Mediterranean. There are 24 rooms and suites, a choice of restaurants, pool, thalassotherapy spa and it’s surrounded by luscious tropical gardens. The decor is contemporary, think dark wood and white and pastel furnishings.

Hotel de Lagune

For an easy family holiday, try La Fauceille, a modern hotel just south of Perpignan with 35 contemporary rooms and suites and an excellent gym and spa. There’s also a great gourmet restaurant and a relaxed atmosphere.

Le Spinaker is situated in the marina of Port Carmargue and has great views of all the craft moored there. Rooms are comfortable and tasteful. It's an ideal stop off for weary sailors or a base for exploring the surrounding area.

Le Spinaker

The Best Hotels in Rural Laguedoc

If you're looking for a hideaway in the hills check out Le Tresor. There's plenty of outdoors type activities to keep you entertained, from tennis to sailing, with beaches and lakes a short drive away. With only five rooms and one villa, this is also probably one of the best places if you are travelling with a group of friends.

Le Tresor

If you fancy a château break, Château des Ducs de Joyeuse should tick all the boxes. With its round corner turrets it looks like something out of a children's book. Inside is just as lovely and old fashioned. There are four poster beds, high ceilings and open fireplaces.

Mas de Boudan is a fabulous, Michelin-starred restaurant with four rooms attached. The stunning menu is proper ‘haute couture cuisine’ in an atmospheric converted farmhouse just 3kms outside Nîmes.

Mas de Boudan

Ecuries de Sainte Croix is an intimate rustic stone farmhouse just outside Carcassonne. With only three rooms this is a tranquil hideaway.

The Best Châteaux in the Laguedoc

If you're looking for luxury, try the Domaine de Verchant. Set in hectares of vineyards, this is a spa resort and country-château-hotel type affair. it is the kind of place where you can have everything just to your liking - from traditional decor to super modern, private dining or spa experience to a separate self catering villa for your whole family.

Domaine de Venchant

The Château de Cavanac is one of the best places to stay in the Languedoc if you're using Carcassonne as a base to explore the whole region. This ivy covered château is a wonderfully rural retreat, with plenty of space for a pool and tennis courts. With rooms starting from less than £60 a night this is also a great choice for those on a budget.

Chateau Les Carrasses is a gorgeous 17th century castle plus wine estate now boasting luxury accommodation from suites to villas with private pools. Foodies won't be disappointed either with excellent gourmet dishes paired with superb local wines.

Chateau les Carrasses

The Best Family Hotels in the Languedoc

Château St. Pierre de Serjac is a luxury family option. Set amid 200 acres including its own vines, the chateau offers 8 rooms and 35 self catering properties. Add to this a kids club, fine dining restaurant, spa and outdoor pool and you have something for everyone in your brood!

Chateau St Pierre de Serjac

For an easy family holiday, try La Fauceille, a modern hotel just south of Perpignan with 35 contemporary rooms and suites and an excellent gym and spa. There’s also a great gourmet restaurant and a relaxed atmosphere.

Located just 5 minutes from the Carcassonne city centre, the Château de Palaja, mixes traditional charm with contemporary style. With a laid-back feel this is an ideal spot for groups of friends and families.

Chateau de Palaja

Just out of Carcassonne’s Ville Basse, you'll find La Bastide Saint Martin. It's an understated country villa with just 15 rooms and set large grounds. So if you're travelling with a family who likes to spread out then this is certainly one to bear in mind.

L'Enclos des Lauriers Roses is out of town, set amongst the vineyards and orchards of Provence, so it’s a great place for foodies. The surrounding space - and the family suites also make it ideal for families or larger groups.

L'Enclos des Lauriers Roses

The Best B&B in the Languedoc

The B&B Demeure Saint Louis is an 18th century guesthouse located just outside the medieval city of Carcassonne. Interiors are everything you want from a french property, chintz fabrics, sash windows and intricate antique furniture.

Le Huit is a delightful guesthouse with just five rooms arranged around a swimming pool and mini-spa. The decor is contemporary meets original features, and the dining is table d’hote style featuring the best of today’s market.

Le Huit

The Best Value Hotels in the Languedoc

The Château de Cavanac is one of the best places to stay if you plan to explore the whole region. This ivy covered château is a wonderfully rural retreat, with plenty of space for a pool and tennis courts. With rooms starting from less than £60 a night this is also a great choice for those on a budget.

Chateau de Cavanac

Ecuries de Sainte Croix is an intimate rustic stone farmhouse just outside Carcassonne. With only three rooms this is a tranquil hideaway.

L’Oustau Camarguen is a welcoming hotel with spacious rooms and contemporary design features. It's a great base for exploring the local region or you can relax by the pool. It's a family favourite, and excellent value with doubles from just €90 per night.

LOustau Camarguen

The picture perfect sandstone country house, La Bastide Saint Martin, offers very reasonably priced rooms and a charmingly relaxed atmosphere.

The Hotel du Palais, Montpellier is an unfussy hotel run by a friendly team and situated in an enviable location surrounded by local neighbourhood cafes, restaurants and small boutiques. Rooms start from under £100 per night.

Hotel du Palais

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels in the Languedoc on our Guru's list of the 25 Best Hotels in the Languedoc you could:

The 25 Best Hotels in the Languedoc

  • Baudon de Mauny Montpellier 9 rooms from £121

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Sawdays, I Escape

    Artistic and historic in style, convenient in location and extremely comfortable, Baudon de Mauny – housed in an 18th century building – offers a luxurious and memorable experience. See More

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  • Hotel du Palais, Montpellier Montpellier 26 rooms from £97

    Sights nearby  -  Hotel du Palais is ideally situated to see the medieval Mikvé baths, as well as the Saint Anne and Saint Pierre Cathedrals
    Great walks  -  Wander around Montpellier's old town and stop off for a break in a charming café
    Local markets  -  Check out the morning food market on Esplanade Charles de Gaulle
    Full of character

    An unfussy hotel run by a friendly team and situated in an enviable location surrounded by local neighbourhood cafes, restaurants and small boutiques. Many rooms boast pretty balconies overlooking the city and there are good family options. A great little find perfect for local exploring. See More

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  • Hotel d'Aragon, Montpellier Montpellier 12 rooms from £96

    Sights nearby  -  Go see the medieval Mikvé, ancient Jewish baths, or visit Saint Anne and Saint Pierre Cathedrals
    Great walks  -  Wander around the old town and stop off for a break in a bustling café
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A comfortable and peaceful Montpellier bolthole, a short walk from both the railway station and the historic centre. Ideal for visitors looking for a small and characterful hotel from which to explore the city. See More

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  • 42 Rue Victor Hugo Carcassonne 3 rooms from £126

    Cooking classes  -  Explore the markets and then cook your goodies
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of the old town
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Gorgeous B&B with three huge boutique apartments. High ceilings, richly painted walls, parquet floors, and fireplaces. A sumptuous spot with self-catering options and close to restaurants, markets, and the sights of Carcassonne. See More

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  • Hotel du Chateau Carcassonne 16 rooms from £165

    Sights nearby  -  Located next to the chateau in central Carcassonne. Walking distance to all the major attractions in the city.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Spa
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Medieval exteriors and contemporary interiors at this chic hotel within the castle's ramparts. Rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings, exposed stone, and rich silk fabrics. Enjoy indulgent pampering from the spa, and relax on the terraces or by the swimming pool. See More

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  • Chateau de Cavanac Carcassonne (Languedoc Roussillon) 27 rooms from £59

    Families
    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  Ideal base for exploring Carcassonne
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Stunning ivy covered country house with an excellent restaurant. Bedrooms, suites and family rooms with four poster beds, fireplaces and tapestries. Beautiful grounds and terraces, swimming pool, billiards and a tennis court. Great for families, groups, and foodies. Excellent value. See More

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  • Jardins Secrets Nimes (Cote d'Azur) 14 rooms from £124

    Sights nearby  -  Pont Du Gard within 11 miles. UNESCO site.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children must be over the age of 10.
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Amazing Baroque-Rococco style in this gorgeous 18th century coaching Inn. Rich drapes, fresh linen and soft lighting. Totally spoiling with it's own spa and outdoor pool surrounded by palms, orange and olive trees. Relax by the fire in the Napoleon 111 bar. An oasis of calm in this historic city. See More

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  • Hôtel La Maison de Sophie Nimes 5 rooms from £165

    Total relaxation  -  A rare slice of tranquilty in this hectic city, relax in the jasmine infused garden and take a dip in the pool.
    Sights nearby  -  Short walk brings you to the Nîmes Arena, this splendid monument is the best preserved amphitheatre of the Roman era.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors, Michelin Travel

    Art deco townhouse B&B with bags of character. Elegant bedrooms with Persian carpets, chandeliers and tiled floors. Step out to the fragrant jasmine filled gardens complete with swimming pool and bougainvilleas. Well situated in a quiet part of town yet close to most of the sites. A popular choice. See More

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  • Hotel Ile de la Lagune Saint Cyprien 24 rooms from £160

    Spa  -  Thalasso Spa with nine treatment rooms and wonderful views over the lagoon.
    Views  -  Over the lagoon and the Mediterranean
    Sailing  -  Sailing school on local beach
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool

    Luxury private island hotel right on the Mediterranean. Spacious rooms and suites, a choice of restaurants, private pool, thalasso spa and luscious tropical gardens. Accommodation is contemporary in style: dark wood floors contrast with white and pastel furnishings to create cool airy spaces. See More

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  • Le Trésor Sonnac-sur-l'Hers, Aude 5 rooms from £74

    Families
    Value chic
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays

    A hideaway in the hills of Languedoc. Striking sandstone French house with green shutters and understated modern interiors. Big bright rooms and one family cottage. Lots of outdoor activities in the surrounding hills, lakes, and beaches. Excellent value, perfect for groups or families. See More

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  • Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse Couiza 35 rooms from £82

    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Plenty of Cathar castles and much more to choose from.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Elegant chateau-castle with stunning grounds near the riverside, like something from The Lady of Shallot. Elegant high ceilinged rooms and suites with four poster beds and fireplaces. Perfect for groups, families and weddings. See More

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  • Ecuries de sainte Croix Carcassonne 3 rooms from £65

    Value chic
    Groups
    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Just outside Carcassonne. Great base for discovering the region

    A gorgeously rustic stone farmhouse B&B just outside Carcassonne. The perfect spot for a more relaxed holiday for families, groups of friends, or romantic getaways. Three simple rooms and two cottages. Very charming. See More

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  • Mas de Boudan Nimes 4 rooms from £108

    Families  -  Housing a fabulous restaurant which has been accredited a Michelin Star.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Nimes Cathedral and the restored Roman temple, Maion Carree.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional

    A fabulous restaurant with four contemporary rooms attached. Dine on Chef Jérôme Nutile's stunning menu showcasing the finest "haute couture" cuisine in an atmospheric converted farmhouse. Chic rooms are warm yet modern in style. Located just 3km from Nimes. A true foodies destination. See More

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  • Domaine de Verchant Montpellier (Castelnau le Lez) 26 rooms from £267

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa breaks
    Spa  -  With VIP suite for those wanting a completely private experience
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel, Relais & Chateaux

    Luxury spa hotel with superb vineyard views, creative Mediterranean cuisine and fun beach-style area, all just a short drive from Montpellier’s city centre. See More

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  • Château Les Carrasses Capestang (Quarante) 28 rooms from £145

    Exclusive offer  -  4 nights for the price of 3
    Great walks  -  There are some great walks through the Languedoc countryside.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.

    A 19th-century castle with wine estate, lovingly turned into a luxurious stay. Accommodation ranges from suites to three bed villas with private pools. All decorated in a modern yet unmistakably French style. Très chic. The food and wine pairing is popular as is the Mediterranean Brasserie. See More

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  • Domaine de Biar Montpellier 5 rooms from £148

    Country Escape  -  A picture perfect country house complete with roaming horses, ideal for revelling in complete tranquility.
    Great walks  -  Lovely walks staring straight from the hotel grounds.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A stunning country house located on the edge of Montpellier. Lovingly converted throughout, keeping its distinctly French feel, with contemporary architectural touches. Country-style gardens, roaming horses and a gorgeous pool quickly aid relaxation (as does the spa). Thoroughly spoiling. See More

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  • Le Spinaker Port Camargue (Le Grau-du-Roi) 21 rooms from £98

    Local exploring  -  Explore the beautiful surrounding marshlands of the Camargue, on foot, two wheels or horseback.
    Sailing  -  With Port Camargue marina on the doorstep, it's the perfect place to stay after docking.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    Putting relaxation at the fore, Le Spinaker sits quietly on the Port Camargue marina. With beautiful views out over the marina and comfortable, tasteful rooms, it's a great place to stay whilst exploring the natural beauty of the Camargue. Perfect for people on sailing holidays coming into port. See More

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  • Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne 61 rooms from £179

    Outstanding location  -  Atop the medieval walls of Carcassonne.
    Foodies  -  Michelin star.
    Romantic Break
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Utterly romantic, utterly unique. A hotel nestled in the ramparts of Carcassonne's citadel and surrounded by beautiful gardens. A fairytale building with turrets, exquisite bedrooms, a Michelin star restaurant, and a swimming pool. A special spot for anyone who can afford it. See More

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  • Château St. Pierre de Serjac Languedoc, Puissalicon, Herault 93 rooms from £174

    Exclusive offer  -  4 nights for the price of 3
    Great walks  -  Plenty of scenic walking routes leading directly from the property through the Languedoc countryside.
    Local markets  -  The property hosts farmer's markets for locals and guests to attend.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.

    A magnificent Château with vineyard set amidst 200 acres of rolling countryside. Accommodation includes eight rooms, lovingly decorated in a classic French style and 36 self-catering properties. All achingly stylish. Fine dining restaurant, spa, indoor and outdoor pools. The list goes on! See More

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  • La Bastide Saint Martin Carcassonne (Avenue de Saint-Martin) 15 rooms from £74

    Families
    Swimming Pool  -  12x6 outdoor pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    A pretty sandstone country house with blue shutters. Rustic rooms and family suites with stone floors, wooden beds, and doors that lead into the garden. A luxurious swimming pool and sun deck for lounging. Ideal relaxation for families, groups, or couples. See More

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  • Chateau de Palaja Carcassonne (Palaja) 12 rooms from £104

    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Just five minutes from the centre of Carcassonne
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Spa

    A beautiful white stone castle with a house party feel. Simple, modern rooms and suites with wooden beamed ceilings and white washed walls. Great restaurant, extensive gardens with a swimming pool, and a spa. A great choice for families or groups of friends. See More

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  • La Fauceille Perpignan 35 rooms from £78

    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A modern hotel on the outskirts of Perpignan. Contemporary rooms and suites, excellent spa and gym activities, and a gourmet restaurant. A great choice for a comfortable summer holiday. See More

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  • L'Enclos des Lauriers Roses Cabrières, Gard 23 rooms from £69

    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool with Great Views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Fabulous country hotel in the middle of vineyards, fruit orchards and olive trees. Excellent accommodation for families and groups. Airy and bright bedrooms, four swimming pools, great restaurant and wine list. See More

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  • B&B Demeure Saint Louis Carcassonne 5 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  Only a ten minute walk from the ancient walls of Carcassonne's medieval centre.
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy the stunning garden or take a long walk around the ancient citadel.
    Full of character
    Traditional

    A stunning 18th century guesthouse, just outside the medieval city of Carcassonne. The spacious and comfortable rooms are traditionally decorated and boast en suite bathrooms. Enjoy breakfast in the elegant dining room, or in the leafy garden- perfect for sitting out and enjoying the weather. See More

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  • Le Huit Uchaud 5 rooms from £174

    Local markets  -  Visit the local daily market nearby
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    A delightful guest house with relaxing swimming pool, mini spa and outdoor bar. Five bedrooms where contemporary touches sit side-by-side original features - think modern art on ancient exposed stone walls. Dining is table d'hote style and features the best of the day's market. A hidden gem. See More

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  • L'Oustau Camarguen Port Camargue (Le Grau-du-Roi) 39 rooms from £78

    Active Holiday  -  From horse riding, sailing to walking the hotel will gladly help arrange a whole host of activities
    Value chic  -  Well priced accommodation makes this a popular option
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Local markets  -  Explore the local markets and culture of the Camarge.

    L'Oustau Camarguen is a welcoming hotel on the edge of the Camargue region. Its contemporary design focuses on spacious, comfortable rooms. Explore the rich culture of the Camargue area or simply unwind by the pool. Its affordability makes it great for families and groups. A great find. See More

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Written by Sarah Empson

posted Wednesday, 5th June 2019