Best Luxury Hotels In Saint Jean De Luz

South of Biarritz, 20 minutes drive from the Spanish border and at the mouth of the Nivelle River, lies the coastal of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. It was once the home of King Louis XIV of France, who briefly relocated here from Versailles. Nowadays, it’s a pedestrian and cycle-friendly destination, with parks, squares, an active fishing harbour and cobbled streets. Full of Basque Country charm, it has strong Spanish as well as French influences (particularly in the culinary department). And serves as a popular weekend getaway for those from both nations. Visitors here will find the light to be quite stunning – hence the city’s name. And there are relatively few British holidaymakers.

Hôtel Parc Victoria Saint-Jean-de-Luz

The 20 rooms at the Hôtel Parc Victoria have been decorated uniquely and thoughtfully with an Art Deco leaning. The main building is Victorian era, with suites – some boasting verandas and private gardens – also located in the lush park of its grounds. There’s a games room and library, plus a large pool in an almost tropical setting. Chef Guillaume Applaincourt is at the helm in Les Lierres restaurant, showcasing ingredients indigenous to the region, like Val d’Aran caviar and Lalbenque truffles, with local lobster, langoustines and fish among the menu’s many highlights.

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Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa

A seaside Grande Dame, this 52 bedroom, seven-storey hotel was built in 1909 in the Belle Epoque style and lies in the city’s old quarter. Glamorous, suites with accents of colour come with blackout curtains, a stocked minibar, premium bedding and bay or town views. The Thalasso Spa opens directly onto the beachfront, with a heated saltwater pool, a mud bath, balneotherapy, a relaxation area and yoga classes among its amenities. Also looking onto the ocean is the Grand Hôtel’s restaurant. Children have their own play area, pets are welcome and there’s an outdoor pool.

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