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|Hotel du Golf Medoc****
A very well thought out and designed hotel that offers the wayfaring golfer pretty much everything he or she could desire.
A new, totally modern, hotel has been built adjoining the existing Clubhouse at the Médoc Golf Club. As part of the re-modelling process the existing Clubhouse has been re-shaped and now the hotel and Clubhouse are joined seamlessly offering the residents at the hotel easy access to the Clubhouse, the courses and the extensive practice facilities.
The bedrooms are a fair size and are well equipped with mini-bars, flat screen tv's, air-conditioning, hair-dryers, even tea and coffee making facilities - a first for France! They also have bright bathrooms (with powerful showers rather than baths). One of the very nice little details is a specially designed rack by the door for two sets of clubs - very convenient!
The bar and restaurant are on the first floor and connect the hotel to the Clubhouse via the sunny patio that overlooks the Châteaux course. This makes it very easy to move around from bedroom to 1st Tee with the minimum of fuss.
On the ground floor you will find the indoor pool, steam room and small spa area. Here, various beauty and relaxation therapies are available, including the 'Albatross massage' when your muscles will be treated with the root cause of their problems - golf balls!
|Relais de Margaux****
Situated in a corner of the Château Margaux vineyards, the Relais de Margaux is well placed for enjoying the wines and golf of Médoc. With a very approachable golf course on site (tougher tests nearby) and a fabulous new Spa centre and Clubhouse, it offers a holiday of quiet relaxation.
The Relais has a variety of individually styled rooms ranging from Club to Suites. All have been comfortably appointed in a modern French style.
The main restaurant is truly gastronomic, with a carefully crafted menu featuring many of the local Aquitaine specialities such as confit duck, goose rillettes and of course that famous health food - foie gras. As you might expect in this region there’s also a rather interesting wine list to peruse... More relaxed fayre is available in the Clubhouse overlooking the course.
Château Margaux vineyard is open for visits and tastings by prior appointment. For the best advice on which other vineyards and Châteaux to visit the hotel staff will be happy to point you in the direction of both the major producers and a few hidden gems. Or we would be delighted to arrange this for you before you go - please just ask.
|Golf Hotel Lacanau***
Tucked away amongst the towering pines along the coast, the Hotel du Golf Lacanau is a fairly basic hotel, yet one that provides shelter for golfers who are hooked on the Lacanau golf course, the long sandy beaches of Les Landes and the very relaxed surfing village of Lacanau with its short strip of beach bars and restaurants.
The small hotel has a slightly 80s 'pre-fab' feel to it and some pretty funky furniture in the bedrooms too! The bathrooms are one piece moulded affairs but do their job well and the strong colours will certainly wake you up in the morning! All bedrooms have small balconies looking onto the golf course or rearwards into the dense pine forest.
The hotel adjoins the Clubhouse, so after breakfast you can walk straight through to the Pro-shop and first Tee: very handy. The restaurant offers simple cuisine, most guests head into nearby Lacanau for dinner by the Atlantic.
The Lacanau hotel has some decent aquatic facilities too, such as an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and hammam.
The main attraction of the hotel is the peace and quiet of the forest setting - a real golf escape and ideal for a night or two and a couple of rounds on the lovely Lacanau golf course.
|Grand Hotel De Bordeaux*****
The height of luxury in the centre of Bordeaux. If you want to splash out on your Bordeaux golf holiday then this is the place for you!
A reliable city-centre hotel with adequate rooms and a decent breakfast (although we're not really sure what merits the fourth star to be honest!).
Our favourite three-star hotel in Bordeaux. Tucked just behind the Place de la Comedie and l'Opera, so bang in the centre of town it's a warm and friendly place to stay. Great rooms, great staff, surrounded by restaurants and underground parking nearby in Place Tourny, it ticks all the boxes!
N.B. Not many rooms, so the Majestic fills up rather quickly!
|Les Quatre Soeurs***
The simplest of hotels, with the warmest of welcomes, in the heart of Bordeaux. Straightforward bedrooms, continental breakfast, trams outside the door and an underground car-park 200yds away.
|Hostellerie de Plaisance*****
At the top of the town, right beside the iconic belltower, sits St. Emilion's finest hotel: L'Hostellerie de Plaisance. Stylish and modern, this five-star hotel is the place to be seen and to see all of St. Emilion stretching out below the sun-soaked patio garden to the neat vineyards beyond.
At the small Hostellerie de Plaisance you will be treated to true five-star service, luxury and fine dining - what could be nicer?!
Unsurprisingly the Hostellerie has a rather impressive cellar and, if you have the time, the sommelier will be only too pleased to share his encyclopaedic oenological knowledge with you.
East of Bordeaux, in the lush green heart of the Dordogne, you will find the peaceful golfing hideaway that is the Château des Vigiers. An ancient château dating from 1597 that has been transformed into the complete gastronomic golf retreat and spa. Here you can while away long Summer days on the 27-holes through vineyards and orchards or venture out to investigate the beautiful Dordogne countryside and villages.
The resort offers plenty of choice with two restaurants: fine dining at 'Les Fresques' within the château proper (currently striving for a second Michelin star) or the more relaxed setting of the oak-beamed brasserie 'Le Chai' overlooking the putting Green and château beyond.
There are also two bars, two pools, two tennis courts - but only one spa and snooker table!
Château des Vigiers has three styles of accommodation to choose from:
Château (in the château)
Differences between the three are explained below. But please note that whether you are staying in the château, dépendances or the relais, you will enjoy access to all the luxurious amenities that the Chateau des Vigiers has to offer.
As you might expect in such an ancient building the bedrooms in the château are of various shapes and sizes. The one thing they do have in common though, is elegant furniture and classic decor.
And if you like your luxury extra-large, consider one of the Suites - sumptuousness personified.
The dépendances are the old staff quarters and stables of the estate that stand right beside the château. These have been transformed into half-a-dozen small apartments (some privately owned) that offer very spacious accommodation, with either one or two bedrooms, a sitting room and a small patio. Perfect for longer stays of a week or so.
Please note the kitchen facilities are minimal, so not a self-catering proposition.
|Relais des Vigiers
Although just beside the château, le relais is almost a separate entity. A low structure, encased in wood that has very large bedrooms and bathrooms with spacious walk-in showers, all have either patios or balconies too. The idea was to create more 'affordable' accommodation at Chateau des Vigiers - the results are maybe the best rooms!
|Hotel de la Plage***
A simple, modern three-star hotel in Arcachon that we like for its location, its underground car park and its extremely helpful staff. There are more luxurious (and expensive) places to stay in Arcachon but if you are on a golf holiday and intend spending most of your time on the local courses, on the big sandy beach (150 yards away) or in the casino (even closer than the beach!) then you may well find that the Hotel de la Plage is all that you need!
Despite its title, the Hotel de la Plage is not right on the beach but set back on the avenue that runs down from the station to Arcachon's castlelike casino - a perfect spot.
There is no restaurant at the hotel, just a lobby bar, however with so many restaurants along the seafront and around the market square you will not go hungry!