Hortensias du Lac – South West France
Hotel Type: A luxury beach retreat with a surfing spirit.
Location: Located on Hossegor marine lake in the Landes region of Southwest France, on the Atlantic coast, just 40 minutes from Biarritz airport. It is just 500m from La Graviere beach described as one of the best surf spots in Europe.
Style: Beach chic with a touch of the Hamptons
Rooms: 25 airy rooms & suites with views out over the lake.
Ideal For: Feeling the sand between your toes and living life by the ocean.
Swimming: There is an outdoor heated swimming pool as well as the lake and the ocean nearby!
Dining: Dine whilst overlooking the Hossegor lake at the gastronomic restaurant. Expect a local, seasonal and utterly delicious menu. For a laid back affair head to The Lake Beach House for a take away salad, platter or seafood. Head to Cabane des Estagnots on the beach for tapas, salads, planchas, wine and cocktails.
Children: Oui, bien sûr
Activities: Go for a morning walk or jog along the beach, try paddleboarding or hop on a boat on the lake, go surfing or windsurfing at the beach. Take out one of the hotel bikes and head into the Landes pine forest with a pre-prepared picnic. Tour the CapBreton fish market with the hotel’s chef Philippe Moreno. Play Golf at the popular golf courses of Hossegor and Seignosse
Spa: An L:A Bruket organic spa, with 4 treatment rooms, a sauna, Turkish bath, Nordic bath and a fitness room.
Accessibility: Every part of the hotel is accessible. There are also a superior room and a junior suite that are suitable for those with reduced mobility.
Low season Price From: €295 per night in a Duplex Room including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €475 per night in a Duplex Room including breakfast.
Open From: March – October.
On the shore of Lac d’Hossegor and moments from the endless dune-lined Landes coastline, Hortensias du Lac is kissed by Atlantic breezes and the fresh aroma of pine. With boardwalks and sandy paths, the seaside vibe pervades throughout. This is a part of France we absolutely love, with its miles and miles of surf perfect beaches, laid back lifestyle and fresh seafood on every menu. Les Hortensias du Lac is intimate and welcoming, with light filled interiors with a distinct coastal style, whilst outside, the palm fringed infinity pool tempts you to spend long hours looking out over the lake. Local and seasonal food is served in the restaurants and guests are looked after like family friends. Bienvenue!
Simplicity is everything here. Wooden floors, wide windows and French doors opening out to views of the lake, some with bathtubs and others with a walk in shower, and most rooms and suites having balconies or a terrace. The style is effortless and cool. The Duplex and Duplex Lake View rooms are ideal for families, with a king size bed on the ground floor, two singles on the mezzanine and a balcony. The Superior Lake View rooms are intimate and spacious, with either a balcony or a private terrace. The even larger Deluxe Lake View room, on top of the main house, has a bird’s eye vista of Lac d’Hossegor. The Junior Suite and Junior Suite Lake View have a separate living room with a sofa bed for children and a large private terrace. The Suite Lake View is an elegant loft apartment and is larger still, easily accommodating a family of four, or just as a romantic bolt hole. Or go for the Suite Lake View with Nordic bath – for a long soak on your private balcony.
The Head Chef Philippe Moreno has a fabulous pedigree, having worked under the three-starred Gérald Passédât in Marseille. Subtle flavours and elegant dishes are his forté, using only locally produced and seasonal ingredients. The glazed restaurant, with a shaded terrace and views out across the lake is convivial and relaxed. For more laid back dining, with its café style set up, the Lake Beach House serves delicious seafood platters and mouthwatering salads. And for a sunset apéritif, La Cabane des Estagnots on the beach, looks out over the ocean and serves a good selection of regional food that changes daily.
With plenty of accommodation ideal for children and extra beds or cots available, Hortensias du Lac is definitely family friendly. And we can vouch that active families will love it here. There is so much to do, that you may find a week just isn’t long enough.
Who would want to spend any time inside here? It’s all about being outside, whether it’s a morning yoga session, a run on the beach, surfing the Bay of Biscay waves or rowing on the lake. In fact, there’s so much to do, you may just need a few more hours in the day. The Atlantic coastline is one of the best places in the world to surf. Here, you’ll find lessons for beginners to coaching for those who are looking to improve and you can even get your very own personalized surf board made. Head out on the ocean on a skippered yacht for a few hours and look back at the immaculate coastline. If you’re after something a little more sedate, there are plenty of paddleboards to take out on the lake, or row out with a picnic. For some land-based activities, there are two golf courses close by, and Hortensias du Lac can organise a priority green for you. The hotel has bikes for exploring the local towns and markets, or just for a ride around the lake. One of our favourite activies is the morning trip to the harbour auction with the head chef to help choose dinner. He also gives pastry lessons once a week – not to be missed. Sometimes, all this activity can be a little tiring, so head over to the Spa for a massage or treatment. If you do find time to explore, Biarritz is only half an hour away, or further afield, just across the border into Spain the magnificent city of San Sebastian with its gastronomic delights is worth the trip. And finally, end the day with an aperitif basket and find a quiet place on the beach to watch the sunset.