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he West Coast of France features amazing sand beaches and the beautiful hilly wine region of Saint-Émilion.

One of our favorite French islands, which is more off the beaten tourist path is set among dunes, ocean and forest. France's Île de Ré is known as the 'Pearl of the Atlantic'. This small island off the west coast of France features salt marshes and long sandy beaches like the Plage de la Conche des Baleines, which is part of the Gironde Estuary and the Pertuis Marine Nature Reserve. The iconic, Phare des Baleines is a lighthouse offering expansive views of the coastline.

The island consists of 10 small villages each with their own charm. The main town of St-Martin-de-Ré features the 17th-century Vauban fortifications, along with several outdoor cafes overlooking the marina serving up fresh oysters and seafood. Ideal for both families and bicycle lovers, marked paths crisscross the island offering a laid back coastal vibe.

Beyond the sublime coastline venture inlands and we can help you discover the sophisticated region of Cognac and Saint-Émilion. In the heart of the country of Libournais, in a region of wine hills, Saint-Émilion is a medieval city located at the crossroads of Bordeaux, Saintonge and Périgord.

"The west coast of France, as well as Ile de Ré and the French Basque Country, are definitely gaining momentum with travelers looking for alternatives to the crowded Mediterranean coast. In summer it’s also busy but offers a very different vibe; it’s also closer to nature, more authentic, and less 'glitzy'."
— Philip Haslett, Founder featured in Conde Nast Traveller, April 5 2023

Our West Coast Hotel Selections

Discover just a few of our favorite luxury hotels along France’s West Atlantic Coast. Our French Promise team routinely visits and inspects each property personally for our discerning clients.

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