BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN FRANCE

We're proud of our wonderful collection of boutique hotels in France and having enjoyed the pleasure of visiting many of these charming Chic Retreats ourselves, we want to share these little hidden gems. We have a great list of boutique hotels in Paris to choose from to suit every budget and style. If you are looking for family holiday, then we'd recommend browsing our selection of small luxury hotels in Provence or perhaps you want a chalet in the French Alps?

The diverse landscape of France offers something for everything and Lulu's fabulous collection of France's boutique hotels and luxury villas will make it even easier to make the right choice. We know you'll love them just as much as we do.

Brittany

With its granite coastline, forests and canals, blustery Brittany is France’s westernmost point and the ideal place to start your holiday. Stay in the Grand Hotel des Bains a boutique hotel with spa in the tranquil fishing village of Locquirec which borders the Finistère and Cote d'Armor regions of Brittany. This French boutique hotel has stunning sea views and a spa where you can book in for thalassotherapy treatments that focus on the toning and detoxifying properties of algae and mud products. As you’d expect, life in Brittany revolves around the coast, from the plentiful amounts of fresh fish you’ll find in the local restaurants to activities such as diving, walking and kite surfing. As well as eating in this luxury French hotel, we also highly recommend having lunch at La Brasserie de la Plage, their in-town brasserie which is right by the beach. Seafood platters, goats’ cheese salad with honey and rosemary sauce and omelettes are all on the menu. A few steps from the beach in the charming port of Gravette, the contemporary and family-friendly boutique hotel Anne de Bretagne has a pool and a great restaurant where chef Philippe Vételé’s cuisine is both inventive and generous. 

Normandy

From Locquirec, it’s a 5 hour drive to Paris but you can break up the journey by treating yourself to a couple of nights at Chateau de St Paterne, another of Lulu’s recommended boutique hotels in France, just outside the town of Alençon in Normandy. A family-run Renaissance chateau where Henry VI’s paramours once stayed, it’s set in a 2.5 acre park with an outdoor heated swimming pool (there are bicycles to borrow, ping pong tables, badminton and croquet). Atmospheric Alençon is best known for its lace, which you can find in the shops and at the twice weekly market (Thursday and Saturday). There are also plenty of other nearby little towns - such as Alpes Mancelles and Saint Ceneri le Gerei - that are worth exploring, plus chateaux and gardens. Chateau de St Paterne is another luxury hotel in France where the food is taken very seriously and the hotel also has a restaurant in Alençon, Rive Droite, in the former lace museum.

Paris

Lulu has found the best boutique hotels in Paris, all over the city to suit different styles and budgets but her favourite area is St Germain des Pres on the Left Bank near to where she used to live. It’s full of chic fashion boutiques and pavement cafes which are packed at all times of day and perfect for people watching. Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots are two of the most historic, where you can pop in for a coffee or dishes such as French beef tartare at lunch. Check into The Aviatic Hotel, a family-owned French boutique hotel filled with antique furniture which feels more like a family home: we love the Prestige Rooms, which are decorated in fabrics by Manual Canovas, Kenzo and Designers Guild. St Germain des Pres is also a good base from which to see all the main sights: the Eiffel Tower, Pompidou Centre and the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Tuileries Garden and the smart, designer shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Languedoc

If you want to swap the city for the country, make the 6.5 hour drive south to Languedoc, near Beziers and Montpelier and stay inDomaine de Verchant Hotel and Spa in 17 hectares of vineyards and parklands or Chateau Les Carrasses, a 19th-century wine domaine, both high on our list of luxury boutique hotels in France. The chateau has been split into self-catering suites, apartments and villas, but with the bonus of typical hotel facilities and service (there’s even a concierge and an organised summer camp for children in the holidays). Much of the accommodation also comes with its own private gardens and pool.

Charming Languedoc has something for everyone in its traditional wine-making villages of Quarante and Capestang, medieval castles and beaches such as Serignan. The city of Narbonne is 20 minutes away and Montperlier is less than an hour’s drive. It’s also worth trying Anne Majourel’s Michelin star cooking at La Coquerie in Sète. The menu changes daily so you never know what to expect.

Provence

Your next stop in the south of France could perhaps be picture-postcard Provence a 2 hour drive east. The region is renowned for its fields of purple lavender and pretty villages and you can easily spend anything from a few days to a couple of weeks discovering different places. We have plenty of boutique hotels in Provence for you to choose from, including Mas de L’Amarinein the heart of St Remy de Provence, which was once home to contemporary French artist Roger Bezombes. This small luxury hotel has a swimming pool, shady terraces and gardens while the market, shops and restaurants are all a short walk or bicycle ride away. La Maison d'Ulysse is another beautiful boutique hotel in Provence: with just 5 rooms it was the birthplace of the poet and archeologist Ulysse Dumas (1872-1909).

Continuing east for 2 hours, pass through Aix-en-Provence and Vidauban before reaching Mougins and country house hotel Les Rosees. Choose between 5 gorgeous suites, take breakfast on the terrace overlooking the olive grove and spend days relaxing by the pool or in the shady gardens. There’s a golf course and a day spa nearby and you won’t want to miss the lively Friday morning market at Valbonne when you can pick up cheese, lavender and spices.

Corsica

From here, it’s also very easy to get to the lovely French island of Corsica. Drive 30 minutes to Nice where you can pick up the ferry (they also run from Marseille and Toulon) to Calvi or Ajaccio. The crossing is around 4 hours to Calvi and 6 hours to Ajaccio. Supposedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Calvi boasts a citadel, a 5 mile beach and a UNESCO Marine World Heritage site, Scandola, which is only accessible by boat. Stay at The Manor, one of Lulu’s picks for boutique B&Bs in France. It’s a restored stone house with Mediterranean gardens, olive groves and great access to the beach, which is only 800 metres away. In Calvi, Le Bout du Monde is a low-key fish restaurant right on the sand, while U Fanale is a Michelin star restaurant that specialises in traditional Corsican cooking. Further south on the island (it’s a 2 hour drive) in Ajaccio, another option is Hotel Les Mouettes. It’s right on the beachfront and has breathtaking views across the Mediterranean. Explore the old port, laze on the white sand at Barbicaja and Marinella beaches and take day trips inland to Lake Tolla.

Area Summary

Language
French
Time zone
CET
Currency
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230V
Airports
Paris Charles de Gaulle (Roissy), Paris Orly, Pairs Le Bourget
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Chateau Les Carrasses

CHATEAU LES CARRASSES

capestang, france

 Blending the facilities and standards of larger luxury hotels with friendly and attentive service and the privacy of a luxury villa rental. Chateau Les Carrasses has managed to create the idyllic holiday experience for families in Languedoc, Lulu's favourite area in France.

Mas d'Augustine

MAS D'AUGUSTINE

la bruguiere, france

This 5 room converted silk farm is within easy reach of the charming market town of Uzes in Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Mas d'Augustine is the perfect hideaway to enjoy a few days away without a care in the world.
Village Castigno

VILLAGE CASTIGNO

france

Village Castigno is the BRAND NEW baby of the Chateau Castigno Estate in Languedoc Roussillon. A stay here is what dreams are made of with whimsical design and plenty of delicious food and wine. A glorious combination of vineyard, village and boutique hotel in Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France, it is NEW for 2015.

Aiguille Grive Chalets Hotel

AIGUILLE GRIVE CHALETS HOTEL

france

Aiguille Grive Chalets Hotel is a design boutique hotel just a few minutes from the ski resort of Les Arc 1800 in the French Alps. Made up of 6 chalets (each with 4-6 bedrooms) and 12 double rooms this Chic Retreat is the perfect hideaway for families and friends.
Anne de Bretagne

ANNE DE BRETAGNE

la plaine sur mer, france

Just 50 metres from the beach the sights and sounds of the sea can be enjoyed and admired from the terraces of the 20 rooms and suites at Anne de Bretagne, one of the loveliest seaside boutique hotels in Brittany.

Atelier 103

ATELIER 103

paris, france

Atelier 103 is a stunning luxury apartment sleeping 2 adults and 2 children, hidden between Saint Germain-des-Pres and Montparnasse in the heart of the Latin Quarter of the Left Bank, Paris. This elegant Chic Retreat is the perfect alternative to a boutique hotel in Paris.

Country Kids

COUNTRY KIDS

france

Paradise for parents and heaven for children is the best way to describe Country Kids. Country Kids is unique, providing a boutique-style luxury self-catering (or catered) experience with accredited childcare & activities thrown-in. Fully regulated crèche and kids club takes babies from 3 months and Big Kids Club for 6-12 year olds.

Domaine de Verchant Hotel and Spa

DOMAINE DE VERCHANT HOTEL AND SPA

castelnau-le-lez-montpellier, france

Domaine de Verchant is a majestic boutique hotel in the heart of the Languedoc region in Southern France. This gorgeous hotel is a striking piece of design with one of the best spas we have come across..an absolute must for all hotel lovers.

Grand Hotel des Bains

GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS

france

Grand Hotel des Bains is a simple, stylish boutique hotel with spa specialising in understated luxury, relaxation and spa treatments in a stunning seaside location bin Brittany, France, far away from the crowds, noise and pollution.
Hotel Louison

HOTEL LOUISON

paris, france

Were it not for the reception desk you would be forgiven for thinking you had walked into someone's private hallway such is the intimacy and elegance of Hotel Louison which is hidden in the heart of the Left Bank in Paris.

La Maison d'Ulysse

LA MAISON D'ULYSSE

baron, france

With just 5 rooms Chic Retreat La Maison D'Ulysse, near Uzes, is hidden away in the village of Baron surrounded by the beautiful green hills of Provence. This renovated provencal farmhouse has modern interiors and a wonderful feeling of space and light and a lovely heated swimming pool.

Le Moulin de Larcy

LE MOULIN DE LARCY

villetourreix, france

Surrounded by 20 acres of private grounds and gardens Le Moulin de Larcy is an adults-only Chic Retreat in the Perigord region of the Dordogne in southwest France. Each of the 3 luxury apartments are brimming with charm and character.

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