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TIPTOP

ÎLE DE RÉ

2017-12-17 13:16:53

Just before things start heating up in Île de Ré for the summer season, we whisked ourselves away en famille for a spring weekend getaway to this charming little island off the west coast of France. Often referred to as the French Hamptons, Parisians flock here en mass each summer to holiday in this picturesque place and we can see why. It’s utterly charming! Villages with narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses with green, blue or grey shutters. Postcard ports, wild salt marshes teaming with thousands of birds (yes, a total birdwatcher’s dream!) and vast sandy stretches of beach fringed by delicious smelling pine forests. Dreamy oyster cabanes where you can gorge endlessly on the freshest catches of the day while guzzling down glass after glass…let us rephrase that…cravat after cravat of cold white wine. The best way of getting around is by bicycle. Firstly, it’s just way more fun, and secondly you get to see more of the island! Head to one of the village’s morning markets and fill up a basket with the juiciest peaches you’ve ever tasted, fresh baguettes (you’re in France after all!), lovely cheeses, marinated anchovies, pickled garlic, slices of salami or cured hams and of course a bottle or two of red.


Saint-Martin-de-Ré


Our room at Le Corps de Garde


Digging in at our favourite oyster cabane La Cabane du Feneau in La Couarde-sur-Mer 


Off-roading around the famous salt marshes of Loix


Loix


Saint-Martin-de-Ré


Breakfast at Le Corps de Garde


The lobby at Le Corps de Garde


La Couarde-sur-Mer


La Flotte


La Flotte


La Flotte


The courtyard at L'Hôtel de Toiras


The lobby at L’Hôtel de Toiras


Delicious lunch at La Baleine Bleue in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, one of our favourite restaurants on the island 


Saint-Martin-de-Ré


Ars-en-Ré morning market 


Ars-en-Ré morning market selling the juiciest peaches ever


Ars-en-Ré morning market - they make excellent picnic baskets! 


Ars-en-Ré morning market 


View from our room at Hôtel Le Sénéchal 


Our bedroom at Hôtel Le Sénéchal


Ars-en-Ré 


Saint-Clément-des-Baleines


Le Phare des Baleines


Les Portes-en-Ré


Picnic on Plage de Trousse-Chemise


Plage de la Conche des Baleines


'The Loft' at Hôtel Le Sénéchal


'The Loft' at Hôtel Le Sénéchal


Plage de la Conche des Baleines


Saint-Clément-des-Baleines


Plage de la Conche des Baleines


Bicycles and roses


Ars-en-Ré