5 Ile de Re cheap hotels and b&b

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Today’s holiday challenge is from Katy and her family. They will be travelling from Calais to Aubeterre sur Dronne and want to break up the journey a  by finding a nice B&B or hotel in either Normandy, the Loire valley, Vendée.  They could however  just about make it to La Rochelle and Ile de Ré area in one hit.

La Flotte harbour, Ile de Re, VIA From the Poolside blog on boutique hotels and stylish rentals for family holidays

The challenge

  • Family of 4 with two kids age 7&9
  • B&B or hotel
  • either with a pool or near to a beach
  • Ideally walking distance to a restaurant but could drive

Two islands dear to my heart : Ile de Ré and Noirmoutier

Ile de Ré is Katy’s preference so I focused this post on this island. It is lovely and we are big fans but is not the cheapest. However, those hotels or B&Bs below should fit the bill.

Vendée is also a great region (this is where I’m from) so a second post tomorrow will list a couple of places, in particular in Noirmoutier, which is just a loveliest island, less busy than Ile de Ré with lots of charm and less expensive.

I did previously gave tips on places in Charentes so didn’t repeat those here.

Hotel Ocean, le Bois-Plage

Hotel Ocean, Le Bois Plage, Ile de Ré. Charming hotel with good restaurant and pool. Prices from 100 Euros in high season
© Hotel Ocean

I spent a lovely girls weekend in this hotel a few years back and we regularly go there for diner when we are on the island. The owners are lovely and the st up is very family-friendly with a pool, area for your bikes, possibility to have massages, several types of rooms to chose from. It’s in Le Bois Plage one of the best villages to go to the long beaches there. They offer half-board which is a good value and such a practical solution.

Les Bois Flottais, le Bois-Plage

Le Bois Flottais, small boutique hotel, Le Bois Plage, Ile de Re, France.
© Les Bois Flottais

In the same village is this charming small hotel with pool as well. They have family rooms at 210 Euros and also offer treatment in their wellness cabin with steam bath.

La Maison Douce, Saint Martin

La Maison Douce, bed and breakfast at Saint Martin, ile de re. Family suite at 300 Euros
© La Maison Douce

Saint Martin is the nicest port in Ile de Ré and the place to congregate at night. Nothing better than walking along and stopping for an ice cream at La Martinière. This hotel is right bang in the village hence why it’s pricier than the other choices but with a suite for 4, it’s a nice choice.  No pool but a jacuzzi.

Le Sénéchal, à Ars en Ré

Hotel le Senechal, Ars en Re, Ile de Re. ONe of the first boutique hotels on the island. Have rooms, flats and villas to rent as well.
© Le Senechal

Ooozes of charm and style at Le Sénéchal, one of the first boutique hotels in Ile de Ré; There is a pool, lovely breakfasts and it’s in Ars de Ré, which is in the middle of the island so you can easily choose to either go to the wide beaches near the top of the island or go back to Le Bois Plage.

L’Hippocampe, La Flotte

L'Hippocampe, simple but charming hotel in La Flotte, Ile de Re. Have a family room at 137 euros in high season!
© L’Hippocampe

A simple hotel in La Flotte with rooms for families and a lovely courtyard where you can have your breakfast. La Flotte is a very relaxed and low-key but charming village, 5 min cycling from St Martin.

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