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Les Hautes Mers – Ile d’Yeu, France

The detail

Hotel type: Boutique ocean retreat.

Location: On the edge of the Atlantic in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, on the little known Ile d’Yeu – just off the west coast of France. A short ferry ride from the mainland and 46 miles from Nantes airport.

Style: Ocean and island vibes.

Rooms: 17 rooms and suites – many with Atlantic views & most with balconies or private gardens.

Our Favourite Room: Room 15, the Junior Suite with private Ocean Terrace offers stunning views of Ker Châlon bay.

Ideal for: Peace, quiet and getting away from it all.

Swimming: Heated outdoor pool and sea swimming.

Dining: Head chef Nawal Rezagui prepares the catch of the day along with seafood favourites to be enjoyed on the terrace.

Children: A magical place for families to spend time together on the idyllic beaches of Ile d’Yeu.

Activities: The island offers a variety of water sports including sailing, kayaking, surfing and diving, with the option to explore the island on bike or by foot.

Accessibility: One of the Classic Rooms with Terrace is accessible to those with limited mobility.

Low season Price From: €272 per night in a Classic room, including breakfast.

High season Price From: €500 per night in a Classic room, including breakfast.

Open From:  Mid-November – March*

*(Closed for refurbishment mid-September 2022 – April 2023)

With its wild and natural beauty and rugged seascape, the Ile d’Yeu has long been an inspiration for artists. And together with its relatively little-known status, it promises the perfect escape for those looking for untouched destinations. Just a short walk from Port-Joinville, Les Hautes Mers is right on the seafront, looking back towards the Vendée coast of the mainland – you can see the twinkling lights at night. Whitewashed exteriors and marine inspired interiors, filled with paintings and sculptures, the hotel fits seamlessly into its surroundings. The pretty gardens, full of hollyhocks, stretches down to the sea wall with plenty of places to sit and restore your batteries. We love the relaxed and welcoming feel to Les Hautes Mers – it’s a serene retreat for the discerning traveler.

Accommodation

Nautically themed and decorated, in soothing shades of sea blues, each room and suite seem to invite the outside in. The Classic rooms are cosy retreats with a comfortable seating area and views of the pool and ocean. Many of the rooms can accommodate an extra bed for a child, on request. If you’re after a private outside space, the Classic with Terrace rooms are perfect. They come with a queen size bed (these can be made into twins) and are light-filled and intimate, with the terrace opening out onto the gardens. The similar sized Classic Ocean Terrace rooms have views over the gardens and out to the Atlantic. The larger Junior Suite Ocean Terrace is light and airy – you can practically touch the Atlantic from your private terrace. Perfect for families, the Suite Terrace with 2 Rooms, features a double room, a bunk room and one bathroom.

Restaurants

Dining here is all about the fresh flavours of the sea. The head chef Nawal Rezagui, trained by the Michelin-starred Michal Marni of the Domaine de Fontenille, brings exceptional flair to each dish. Her menu constantly changes and reflects the different seasons. Nothing quite beats dining on the terrace as the sun goes down, with just the aroma and sound of the ocean.

Children

For families who love life’s simple pleasures and staying off the road well-travelled, Les Hautes Mers is an idyllic spot. This is a place for going back to basics – picnics, sandcastles and exploring.

Activities

Just 10km long and 4km wide, the island is easily navigated on foot or by bicycle – Les Hautes Mers has bikes for guests to use. Being an island, there’s no shortage of water sports. Sailing, kayaking, fishing trips, surfing, diving and snorkeling are all popular pursuits here, and can easily be organized from the hotel. You’ll find pristine crescent bays with turquoise waters, inviting you to stay for the entire day. The island has a rich cultural heritage, and is scattered with neolithic carvings and burial sites, and around the coast you’ll find deserted castles and chapels. Of an evening, head west to the furthest point and watch the sun set below the Atlantic.

Sustainability 

Les Hautes Mers make a conscious effort to work with local suppliers from Ile d’Yeu in order to reduce their carbon footprint, support the local economy and provide guests with fantastic fresh food. In addition to this, Le Hautes Mers encourages guests to explore the island by bicycle on the many cycle paths across the island. 

Pricing & Availability

For all hotel pricing and availability please speak to Philippa, Gemma, or Jo on the phone (01306 264 005), or via email (hello@fishandpips.co.uk), or

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