The best destinations to visit in France and where to stay

08/05/2019

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    Whether alone, as a couple, with family, or with friends, France is a pleasant European destination to visit at any time of the year. Its abundant and diverse coastal scenery, mountainous landscapes, and UNESCO World Heritage sites have earned it a solid reputation as the Country of light. Zoom in on some of our most beautiful French destinations!

     

    France has been the world’s leading tourist destination since the 1990s. A blend of history, culture, arts, literature, gastronomy and oenology, France has an exceptionally rich heritage. Geographically, it is one of the few countries with a remarkable variety of landscapes.

     

    1 – January at Les Sherpas

    Ski holidays and cosy moments

    Ski holidays at Les Sherpas

    Skiing with friends is a must during the winter holidays! Head for the Les Sherpas hotel, a jewel of Savoyard architecture located in the prestigious Courchevel resort. Featuring 37 luxurious rooms including 12 connecting rooms, the 5-star hotel offers a cosy cocoon with inseparable friends.

    In this hotel, a must in the Alps, you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of the gourmet restaurant Les Sherpas, daydream by the crackling fireplace in the Lounge Bar and dance until the early hours at the discotheque Les Caves de Courchevel, located 7 minutes away from the hotel, while the children let themselves be lulled by the nannies. The day after is devoted to relaxation! On the program: swimming in the indoor swimming pool or in the hotel spa. As for the sportsmen and women, they can go to the centre to learn aerobatics or hang gliding. For those who prefer to spend a New Year’s Eve away from the cold, Little Guest has selected the best destinations to soak up the sun.

     

     

    2 – February at the Domaine des Étangs

    Nature weekend in love

    One of the Domaine des Etangs bedrooms

    February, the month of love… For Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to a room in a charming South-Western establishment. Domaine des Étangs is nestled in the heart of the Charente region of France, renowned for the tranquillity of its green and hilly landscapes. Comprising 11 suites and 6 small houses, this 11th-century castle is located on 1,000 hectares of pristine nature.

    Our « favourite » accommodation for a romantic weekend is Suite Vénus. Spread over 147 m², this suite with its chic country decoration boasts a comfortable bedroom, a spacious living room with copper tones, and a bright bathroom. To round off your romance-themed stay, dine at the hotel’s Dyades restaurant. Rustic decoration and local cuisine, this is definitely the ideal venue for a candlelit dinner!

     

    3 – March at the Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa

    Spa break in Basque Country

    The view from the Grand Hotel terrace

    Located between the sea and mountains, the Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa is situated at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, which is only a short 10 minutes from Spain. With their spectacular views of the ocean and the city, the 52 rooms of the establishment offer exceptional comfort for the entire family.

    This prestigious 5-star hotel immerses each of its little guests and their parents in a world of absolute wellness, thanks to its must-experience Thalasso & Spa Loreamar centre. Everything here is designed to pamper the hairs of your little blond 6 to 12 years old: scalp massage, hand and foot beauty, and aquatic awakening. Parents can at the same time enjoy swimming in the 31° heated seawater pool, or exploring the multisensory bath, fitness room, private and complimentary aqua gym and aqua training lessons, as well as running and cardio exercises. For more wellness destinations, discover our selection created just for you.

    4 – Avril at the Royal Evian

    Gastronomy on the shores of Lake Geneva

    The view of the Lac Leman from Royal Evian Hotel

    Tucked away in the heart of a huge park, Royal Evian offers a breath-taking panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the Alpine peaks. The 5-star establishment provides a host of family experiences with its overflowing swimming pool, incredible kids-club, internationally renowned golf course, adjoining rooms, and « Les Fresques » Michelin-star gourmet restaurant. Be that as it may, Catherine (Justine’s mom) confirms that Switzerland is one of the best family destinations.

    The Art Deco architectural restaurant is the ideal place to taste the best of European cuisine. Its panoramic terrace promises a breath-taking view of the Franco-Swiss Lake. Their Spring Menu offers a selection of gourmet delicacies for both the young and the old. Highlights on its menu include perch served on a steaming pebble, cider reduction, red apples and spelt from Sault.

    5 – May at the Metropole Monte-Carlo

    Meet at the Rocher together with your friends

    The rooftop view from Metropole Monte Carlo

    Recently elected “Best Hotel in France and in Monaco”, the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo is perfectly located in the Carré d’Or and offers a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is definitely a prestige destination for a city trip with friends. Good news for doggies: our four-legged companions are welcomed in this dream palace!

    In the morning, we love to swim in the hotel’s pool, designed by the famous fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld. In the afternoon, we bask in the Givenchy Spa. Lastly, the evening starts at the Joël Robuchon’s restaurant where delicious Mediterranean dishes are prepared by the most Michelin-starred chef in the world. After that, we meet at the Casino of Monte Carlo for an iconic blackjack game.

    6 – June at the Chalet Royalp

    Unwind near Lake Geneva

    Chalet Royalp Pool

    We promised you hotels in France, but we admit we cheated a little… It is nestled in a green setting, 45 minutes from the French-Swiss border and 40 minutes from Montreux, that we discover the sumptuous Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa *****. Located in Villars-sur-Ollon, this dream establishment is in fact the first « ski-in, ski-out » hotel in the canton of Vaud, which makes it the ideal base for lovers of skiing or hiking. Indeed, if the hotel lends itself perfectly to skiing in winter, its location also allows it to offer numerous outdoor activities to its guests in summer.

    In addition to the many fun activities that are sure to please the youngest guests – including a free kids’ club open to children aged 4 to 12 and a teens’ room with table football, pool table and games consoles – it is the sublime 1,200 sqm spa with indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam, whirlpool, multi-sensory showers and massage rooms that will charm parents in search of a relaxing and energising stay.

     

    7 – July at Terre Blanche

    Golf and hiking

    The infinite pool of the Terre Blanche

    Immersed in the sweet scents of lavender and olive groves, the sublime Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is located in Tourrettes, in the Provençal hinterland. We adore its luxurious overflowing swimming pool with a view of the Pays de Fayence, and its Michelin-star restaurant. Good news for children under the age of 7: they get full board every summer!

    This hotel particularly appeals to families who love golf and hiking. The kids-clubs’ leaders also organise a wide range of eco-responsible services. These include a tree climbing course, a climbing wall and a zip-line descent. Parents, for their part, can enjoy any of the two world-class 18-hole golf courses (« Le Château » and « Le Riou ») and the GEO-certified golf training centre.

    8- August at the Domaine de Manville

    The magic of the South

    The Manville Domain

    Discover Le Domaine de Manville in Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Located in the heart of the Alpilles Natural Park, this Provençal address enjoys the colours and scents of the surrounding pine forests, vineyards, and olive groves.

    While the youngest guests are pampered by experienced and affectionate babysitting service nannies, children over 4 years of age can enjoy themselves at the kids club. Meanwhile, parents can relax at the hotel’s spa or perfect their golfing skills on the property’s 18-hole course. Other must-do family activities include hiking, horseback riding, flying over the Alpilles, yoga and Pilates lessons, and a visit to Vincent Van-Gogh’s house.

    9 – September at the Flamants Roses

    Sea, tranquillity and private beach

    The beach of Flamants Roses Hotel

    Ideally located at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, and only 20 minutes from the city of Perpignan, the Grand Hotel Les Flamants Roses Thalasso & Spa is the perfect destination to enjoy the last rays of the summer sun. The hotel emphasizes wellness and plenitude with its luxury spa, suitable for both young and old travellers.

    Kids benefit from free access to the marine area where three heated seawater pools await them. Teenagers, on the other hand, can enjoy customised care and treatment at the wellness centre; while parents relax on the hotel’s private beach and in its 1,200 m² thalasso, which includes three heated swimming pools, an oriental hammam and a sauna.

    10 – October at the Shangri-La Paris

    High-end luxury in the City of Light

    The view from the Shangri-La bedroom

    You can’t visit France without going through its capital! For a Parisian weekend under the theme of Belle Époque elegance, young families are invited to meet at the Shangri-La Paris, located in the 16th district of Paris. Immerse yourself in the special atmosphere of the City of Light by staying in a luxurious room with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel is only 800 meters from the Iron Lady (Eiffel Tower) and the banks of river Seine.

    We absolutely love the unique 120 m² Shangri-La Suite. This scenic living space offers a breath-taking view of all the historical monuments of Paname, including the Sacré-Cœur, Quai Branly, Panthéon, and Les Invalides. The hotel also houses France’s only Michelin-star Chinese restaurant – The Shang Palace, and L’Abeille, a two-star Michelin culinary destination. Because we never run out of good ideas, we gathered the best international destinations to spend the autumn break together with your family.

    11 – November at the Opio Resort Club Med

    An autumn break under the sun

    Opio Club Med

    Provence is undoubtedly one of the favourite destinations for families, and Little Guest understands this. In order to satisfy your desires, we have selected a hotel pearl in the Cannes region, the Opio Resort Club Med ****. This establishment is set in a natural setting, in the heart of the largest olive grove in Provence.

    A wide range of family activities are offered in and around this iconic hotel!

     

    12 – December at the Fermes de Marie

    A magical family Christmas

    The living room of the Fermes de Marie Domain

    Aim for Megève, in Haute-Savoie, the oldest ski village in France, where you can explore the intimate and bucolic Les Fermes de Marie hotel. This small hamlet of top-of-the-range chalets offers a stunning view of the Alpine mountains. There is a genuine family cottage at about a stone’s throw from the slopes, where the hotel can take bring you to every day, thanks to its private shuttle service.

    Children aged 5 to 10 can enjoy the kids-club every day at Les Fermes de Marie. In the meantime, the nannies take care of the Toddlers, for their part, are cared for by at the babysitting service. Parents, for their part, are able to relax at the 1,000 sqm Spa Pure Altitude. This 5-star establishment is perfect for the Christmas season, just as some other hotels in the collection! An original menu of local specialities is also served to families celebrating New Year’s Eve in the resort.

    To help you make your choice among the establishments in the collection, Little Guest has prepared an article compiling the 10 best 5-star hotels for families in France. Do not hesitate to have a look at it!

     

    Pernell

    Pernell, 23 years old, travel lover, from Angers, France

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