Sensational seascapes, dramatic landscapes, historic castles, megalithic monuments and pretty patchwork fields are just a few of Brittany’s many attractions. The food of the region is excellent, it’s Celtic heritage evokes mysticism and it boasts its fair share of luxurious, romantic hotels. Here are two of the most luxurious hotels in Brittany, chosen for their romantic settings, charm and elegant guest experience. They both offer the romance of the Belle Epoque with modern comforts.
Manoire Dalmore, near Pont Aven, Brittany A truly charming boutique luxury hotel, the Manoire Dalmore is a 4 star hotel that is in fact a private residence which has opened up to guests. Set in a romantic, idyllic setting only 20 meters from the Port Manec’h beach in a garden of 6000m2, the Manoire Dalmore has 10 guest rooms.
Each guest room either has sea or garden views, and has been charmingly designed with its own unique ambience. Some of the room features include a bathroom which has been inserted in an old granite staircase (Kerascoët bedroom), a room which has double exposure on the sea, and port with an open bathroom, which has a chapel view ( Manec’h bedroom), and a large suite with garden and sea views, with two bay windows and its own private terrace (Aven bedroom). Some of the rooms have wheelchair access.
This beautiful old house, which was built in 1926, combines a luxurious, contemporary feel in a phenomenal setting. Somehow, it gracefully retains its links to the past whilst moving into the 21st century with splashes of vivid colours and luxurious creature comforts. It is run by Celine and Arnaud who are renowned for giving guests a warm, special welcome.
There is a superb terrace where you can enjoy the sea and garden views, whilst having a drink. The garden rolls gently down to the beach where you can see the wonderful little wooden beach huts of the Belle Epoque. Breakfast is a delicious range of all of the good things that this area of France has to offer and dining at the hotel is exceptional, especially for lovers of seafood. Room prices range according to season and the room you choose from €100 to €220.
Hotel Royal Emeraude, Dinard, Brittany
Located in the legendary seaside town of the Roaring Twenties, Dinard, the Hotel Royal Emeraude has a truly privileged setting. Just 50 metres from the historic Eduser Beach, the hotel’s architecture and heritage makes a dramatic impact as you enter. Sitting proudly only a stone’s throw away from the casino, the hotel is magnificent with its unique architecture.
Originally built in 1892, the hotel’s annex received royalty during the Belle Epoque period. Today, it is been lovingly restored, with superb talent, fine materials and original furniture, to give it a stylish, timeless elegance. The 47 superior guest rooms have been decorated to reflect different travel themes. Imagine escaping for a romantic, luxurious break and basking in the world of British India, the Orient Express or in a cruise ship or aviation inspired room. How wonderful! Some rooms have sea views and others have private terraces.
Guests can enjoy first class facilities and wonderful attention to detail at the 4 star Hotel Royal Emeraude. It is full of character, which may make one think, does that mean character that lacks creature comforts? However happily the hotel has perfectly combined the old with the new and luxurious; with excellent beds and mattresses, high speed internet, good soundproofing and full air conditioning. There is a steam room and a fitness room where guests can also enjoy a massage.
The hotel has a variety of special services, one of which is the tearoom serving delicious baked scones and hot drinks. Every Friday there is a pianist playing at the Le Darling Piano Bar. Rooms are around €120 per night, in March.
Photo to the left, courtesy of the Manoir Dalmore
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