March 20, 2023

With its sun-drenched beaches of the  Île-De-Ré and breathtaking views of the Vosges mountains and the River Ill, France sparks quite the illustrious itinerary among travelers. For the ultimate trip through the French countryside, we’re highlighting Heloise’s Choice; a carefully curated portfolio of distinguished destinations across France. Each offers unique opportunities for the ultimate joi de vivre.

Gastronomic greatness at Hotel de Toiras, West Coast

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Bask in the serene surroundings of the Île de Ré, nestled along the French Atlantic Coast. Once a former 17th century shipowner’s mansion, the Hotel de Toiras, blends the charm and authenticity of the Charente style with luxurious five-star accommodation and service. Each of the hotel’s 20 rooms and suites dedicates its name and decoration to the leading historical figures of the region. Indulge in new culinary experiences delivered by Chef Thibaut Peyroche d’Arnaud. Foodies will enjoy accompanying Thibaut to the local food market to browse the island’s authentic food stalls, and learn about the freshest local produce.

Deep relaxation at Villa Clarisse, West Coast

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Situated in the old quarter of Saint Martin in the Île de Ré, Villa Clarisse offers discreet luxuries. What was once an 18th century chateau, is now is now an intimate hotel dedicated to wellness and relaxation. With five opulent suites and four guest rooms, a romantic patio, a former cloister lined with rows of olive trees and a lush gardens, guests slip away to slower times.

Culinary delights at Les Prés d’Eugénie, West Coast

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In the heart of a large eight acre estate on the edge of the Landes and Béarn regions, sits Les Prés d’Eugénie. Breathe in the scent of rose bushes and vegetable gardens as you stroll through lavish gardens. Guests of Les Prés d’Eugénie can experience Chef Michel Guérard’s progressive culinary vision and haute-cuisine. Through his “Grande Cuisine Minceur” you’ll savor delicious food without the guilt, as his three-course creation comes to a mere 600 calories. For serious foodies, wine tasting in the winery, delicious roasts and cookery masterclasses are also offered.

Wine-tasting heaven at Villa Baulieu, Eastern France

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Tucked away in the crater of an ancient volcano in Provence, Villa Baulieu’s 300-hectare agricultural estate beckons visitors with grapevines, olive trees, and truffle oaks. Dating back to the 17th century, the property boasts an adjoining 140-hectare wine estate. Guests at Villa Baulieu can take part in bespoke wine tastings paired with regional cheeses, and during the fall, aspiring wine connoisseurs can take part in the wine harvest.

Three Michelin Star dining at L’Auberge de L’Ill, Eastern France

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Set on a charming Alsace road in the village of Illhaeusern, L’Auberge de L’Ill beckons guests to discover the wonders of Eastern France. L’Auberge de L’Ill features a three Michelin star restaurant for an unforgettable gourmet experience on the Banks of the beautiful River Ill.

Whether you decide to stay at just one of these gorgeous properties or choose to wend your way through France this selection of hotels from Heloise’s Choice promises to delight even the most discerning of travelers.

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