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About Île d'Aix

Pretty, car-free Île d'Aix is a small Atlantic island popular for summery day trips and long seaside weekends. At the mouth of the Charente River, Île d'Aix is just off the coast, so some of the best places to stay in Île d'Aix offer picturesque views of the mainland.

For such a small island, Île d'Aix has had a pretty tumultuous history. Intensely fought over during the Hundred Years War, Île d'Aix was actually English for about 15 years, and is also the place Napoleon fled to after his defeat at Waterloo, so the last place he set foot on in France. So as well as the beaches and harbours and quiet interior, Île d'Aix’s old forts are certainly a highlight for visitors.

Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay on Île d'Aix are very busy during the peak summer months, so if you're planning to visit in July or August make sure to book well ahead.

For a harbour side spot

  • The Hotel Napoleon is a family run boutique hotel with 18 rooms and a harbour-side bistro. The food is great, the views are beautiful, the price is reasonable and the decor is contemporary.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay on the Île d'Aix for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on the Île d'Aix, expand your search to include our recommendations on the Ile de Re, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Île d'Aix

  • Hotel Napoleon 18 rooms from AU$119

    Aix Island, Île d'Aix

    A family run boutique hotel and harbour-side bistro. Gorge on exemplary regional cuisine on the terrace overlooking the sea. The simply designed contemporary rooms will ensure a good nights sleep. The ideal spot to completely unwind and enjoy gentle strolls along the beach.

    Foodies  -  Be sure to sample some of the exquisite regional cuisine in the hotel's bistro.
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind at this harbour side spot over a glass of wine and local seafood.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a fascinating tour of Fort Boyard located between Aix and Oléron islands.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy stunning coastal walks and spot oysters being harvested along the way.
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