The best hotels 5-star for families in France
2 April 2019
Being a parent, is wanting the best for our children. So when it is time for holidays, we want to enjoy those who are the most dear to our eye at 200% … Our favorite family destination : France. Our preference : 5-Star hotels. Zoom on the most beautiful adresses of French prestige!
1 – GRAND HOTEL THALASSO & SPA, SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ
For its unique wellness centre
Head on to the Basque Country, and more particularly, on the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, to discover the Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa! Its Thalasso & Spa Loreamar centre has been a reference for all generations for more than 100 years. This elegant haven of Art Deco architecture combines brilliantly relaxation and haute cuisine.
Parents like: The Thalasso & Spa Loreamar centre, The private and free aqua gym lessons, The Michelin star restaurant « L’Ocean »,the comfort of connecting rooms, as well as the Joa Casino and the Chantaco golf club, located only 10 minutes away from the hotel.
Children love: The free beach club « Le Petit Chipi » is open all summer for children from 4 to 12 years old, the massages for children from 6 to 12 years old at the spa, the caretaker of the babysitting service of the hotel, but also the variety and quality of the kids menus.
2 – ROYAL EVIAN HOTEL, EVIAN-LES-BAINS
For its Michelin star restaurant
Nestled in the heart of a 19-hectare park overlooking Lake Geneva, the Royal Evian Hotel is a Belle Epoque palace serving excellency. Decorated with frescoes by Gustave Jaulmes, its Michelin starred restaurant “Les Fresques” offers a panoramic view of the lake and an unusual signature menu, to discover with the family.
Parents like: The Michelin star restaurant « Les Fresques », the 1.200 sqm Evian Source spa, free of access to the 18-hole golf course of the resort and the « Bébé Maman » treatment program for young mothers and their infants from 4 to 10 months.
Children love: The Kid’s Resort free for children from 3 to 13 years old, the Baby Resort for babies from 4 to 36 months old, the art workshops and the video game room designed to entertain teenagers and the free skiing lessons for children from 4 years old.
3 – THE DOMAINE DE MANVILLE, BAUX-DE-PROVENCE
For the softness of the South
Located in the heart of the Alpilles Natural Park, in the village of Baux-de-Provence, Le Domaine de Manville is the ideal accommodation for a Provencal family holiday. Renowned for its service of excellency and its kids-friendly services, this rural palace lives to the rhythm of the song of cicadas, the picking of lavender and the maintenance of its vines.
Parents like: The indoor pool at the spa, the mother/daughter and father/son treatments, the eco-friendly 18-hole golf, the cooking classes, discovering the Camargue region on horseback, exploring the area by bike, yoga and Pilates lessons and the « Le Jardin d’Hiver » restaurant.
Kids love: The Kids Club from 4 years old and Rosa, its exceptional animator ; the themed activities of the kids-club (preparation of jams based on the morning pickings, pottery, gardening, etc.), access to the spa from 10am till 1pm and the outings for children organised at the Saint Remy Lake.
4 – THE DOMAINE DES ETANGS, MASSIGNAC
For the nature of the French South-West
The largest 5-star resort in metropolitan France, Le Domaine des Etangs extends over 1.000 hectares of unspoilt nature. At the heart of the estate, there is a superb 13th century castle and around this castle, there are 17 family lodgings with authentic charm.
Parents like: The Michelin star restaurant « Dyades », the spa Le Moulin des Étangs, the pic-knicks and countryside barbecues organised in the park, the heated indoor pool, the 18 holes golf course located 15 minutes away from the hotel and driving convertible electric golf carts made available to join outbuildings.
The children love: The 2.000 sqm playground, The care takers from the hotels babysitting service (25€/h), the walks in the woods, the Spa menu specially made for children, the vegetable picking in the garden, the chef’s baby food for the youngest of gourmets and the 3 service kids menu at restaurant (20€/menu).
5 – THE NEGRESCO, NICE
For its seaside
Erected on the legendary « Promenade des Anglais » for over a century this mythical establishment in Nice is a must to enjoy the sun on the « Cote d’Azur » with the family ! Inaugurated in 1913, the Negresco is one of the most emblematic palaces in Europe.
Parents like: The excellency of the service, the ideal situation on the bay of angels, the private beach, the in room massages, the casinos, the gastronomic excursion « Dans les Nuages » with its transfer by helicopter and the wine cellar.
The children love: their welcome gift, the beautiful little vintage cars, the kids activities organised on the beach (making seashell necklaces, music workshops, yoga, etc.), the cosmetics for the mini divas and the buffet at the restaurant adapted to their size and taste.
6 – JIVA HILL RESORT GOLF & SPA, CROZET
For the mountain hikes
Between lake and mountain, the Jiva Hill Resort Golf & Spa housed in the fabulous wild setting of the « Haut Jura Nature Park ». It’s definitely THE first choice destination for nature lovers, shopping fans and hikers!
Parents like: The hotel’s spa renowned as one of the most beautiful of the region ; the outdoor sauna and the Nordic bath, the 9 holes golf course with and a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc, the many winter sports organised nearby (cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) and the wine tastings at La Sommellerie.
The children love: The golf and tennis school from 5 years old, the outdoor playground, the cosmetics specially made babies and children, the facials and massages for kids, the hikes and horseback riding excursions and the caretaker of the babysitting service (20€/h).
7 – SHANGRI-LA, PARIS
For its rooms with a view of the « iron lady »
800 meters from the Eiffel Tower, the majestic Shangri-La, former residence of the Imperial Prince Roland Bonaparte, delights families visiting the City of Lights. Ideally located on the banks of the Seine, the hotel is known for having the most elegant and spacious suites and rooms of Paris !
Parents love : its ideal location, the room with a panoramic terrace, the spa where the famous signature CHI Yu massages are given, the indoor pool, the innovative Eurasian cuisine and the state of the art gym.
The children love: being spoiled upon their arrival with many welcome gifts, the illustrated kids menus, enjoying a garden in the heart of the city, play in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the fly boat cruise and the caretakers of the hotel’s babysitting service (from 40€/h ; min. 3h).
This morning, you have breakfast alone with the Iron Lady at Shangri-La Paris.
8 – TERRE BLANCHE HOTEL SPA GOLF RESORT
For its two golf courses
Cradeled by the scent of lavender and the sounds of the crickets, Terre Blanche is a little paradise on earth. The former property of the actor Sean Connery is a subtle mix of supreme luxury and the preserves provencal charm. Its idyllic environment, its kids-friendly services and high-end facilities promises demanding families an exceptional tailor-made holiday.
Parents love : Its world renowned two 18 holes golf courses the yoga and Pilates lessons in the gardens, the sumptuous spa and its signature massages, the infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the « Pays de Fayence » and the renting of golf carts.
The children adore : splashing around in the pool which is heated at 28C°, the numerous activities offered at the kids-club « Le Royaume des Enfants » (sports, arts and crafts, pic-nicks at the farm, seeing the donkeys, the ducks and the swans, themed evenings, golf initiation, bee-keeping excursion, etc.) and the horseback riding.
Magali, 36, mother of two children (3 and 5), from Waterloo