Les Hautes Mers – Île d’Yeu, France
With its wild and natural beauty and rugged seascape, the Île 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 traveller.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its laid back island vibe with much exploring to be done.
Location:On the edge of the Atlantic in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, on the little known island Île d'Yeu – just off the west coast of France.
Rooms:17 rooms & suites.
Swimming:Heated outdoor pool & sea swimming.
Children:A magical place for families to spend time together on the idyllic beaches of Île d'Yeu.
Accessibility:One of the Classic Rooms with Terrace is accessible to those with limited mobility.
Open From:April - November
Price:From €290 per room, per night.
Nautically themed and decorated, in soothing shades of sea blues, each room and suite seem to invite the outside in. The decoration takes up marine themes in light and pastel tones, creating a soothing, bohemian and exotic setting. Most of the seventeen rooms and suites at Les Hautes Mers have balconies and private gardens and the majority of them boast an ocean view
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.
Just ten kilometres long and four kilometres 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 snorkelling are all popular pursuits here, and can easily be organised 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.
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. Most of the rooms can accommodate an extra bed on request.
Les Hautes Mers make a conscious effort to work with local suppliers from Île 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.
Île d'Yeu, France
On the edge of the Atlantic in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, on the little known Île d'Yeu – just off the west coast of France. A short ferry ride from the mainland & 46 miles from Nantes airport.