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The best hotels for golf holidays in La Baule:
- La Bretesche Cottages - Le Lutetia
Residence du Golf
- Hôtel Royal Thalasso

Hermitage Hotel - La Baule
Hermitage La Baule*****

The largest luxury hotel on the seafront in La Baule, owned and managed by the Lucien Barriere group who also happen to own the La Baule Golf Club and the Casino in La Baule: quite a portfolio!

The hotel décor is best described as 'modern classic' as this centurion has been refreshed on a regular basis over the years.  Bedrooms are regularly updated; lounge, bar and restaurants are all kept bright and stylish.

The Hermitage La Baule has a very good restaurant within its walls if you chooes to dine in.  If you prefer to dine out, stroll across to its Eden Beach restaurant just outside the front door on the very sands of La Baule, where you can enjoy some of the freshest fish and seafood, beautifully prepared and accompanied by unforgettable sunsets over the golden sands.  Or you could try their other restaurants 'Le Ponton' (also on the beach) or the exquisite dining at the Castel Marie Louise.

If golf is not relaxing enough for you, there are indoor and outdoor pools at the Hermitage, plus you can use the huge spa at the nearby Royal Thalasso (another Lucien Barriere establishment), for more details see below.

For getting arond town under your own steam, the hotel provides free bicycles - no better way to discover the bay and the backstreets!


Golf at La Baule, La Bretesche,
St. Jean de Monts and Pornic included in your stay: making this palatial hotel very good value for such quality.

Hermitage Hotel - La Baule
Hermitage Hotel - La Baule

Hermitage Hotel - La Baule
Hermitage Hotel - La Baule

Chateau de La Bretesche
Chateau de la Bretesche

Put simply, the Château de La Bretesche is one of the most stunning and best preserved French Châteaux surviving today.  The grounds around the château (le domaine) have been crafted into a testing woodland golf course; the original outbuildings (servants quarters, stable block, etcetera) have been converted partly into a luxury hotel (see Golf Par Gold), partly into self-catering cottages and partly into the golf clubhouse.  The château itself has been divided and sold off as individual apartments.

La Bretesche - Cottages
La Bretesche - Cottages
La Bretesche - Cottages
La Bretesche - Cottages
La Bretesche - The Cottages

The cottages at La Bretesche have always been the most relevant accommodation for visiting golfers, mainly due to the free golf that you will be entitled to, but also for their self-catering facilities. 

You may choose to have breakfast included in your stay (which is served in the Clubhouse) or not.  When evening rolls around the Clubhouse serves delicious, sensibly priced menus with daily specials. Or if you fancy a real culinary treat, just across the Clubhouse courtyard there is the Michelin starred restaurant that looks out over the lake towards the Château: a fine spot for fine dining.

The cottages are to be found either adjoining the Clubhouse or hidden through the forest that shrouds the golf course in its emerald cloak.  Some are privately owned, but most are available to wayfaring golfers wishing to enjoy the regal calm of the Domaine de La Bretesche.

You will also have access to the outdoor pool and to the variety of futuristic treatments available at the Cour Carré mini-spa within the hotel.



Free golf everyday at: La Bretesche,
La Baule, St. Jean de Monts
and Nantes Vigneux.

La Bretesche Hotel - Pool
La Bretesche Hotel - Spa


La Bretesche Hotel*****

If you would like to live like a Lord or Lady of the Loire (or at least like a Duc de Bretagne) the luxurious Hotel de la Bretesche is the spot for you - please see our Golf Par Gold section for more information.

Chateau de la Bretesche
Le Lutetia Hotel*** - La Baule

If you would like to stay in the centre of the seaside resort of La Baule, close to the beach, the bars, the restaurants, the shops and the casinos - then there is no finer three star hotel than Le Lutetia.

The location is unbeatable, 200 yards from the seafront on the road that runs parallel to the Avenue Charles de Gaulle (La Baule's "High Street").  In the centre of all the action yet in the calm of the sidestreets.

The hotel comprises two buildings that face each other across a pine-lined street.  The hotel reception, restaurant and some of the bedrooms are in the more modern white fronted building; the remaining bedrooms are in the classic little stone-built house opposite.

The hotel has a very good restaurant "Le Rossini" and indeed it is worth visiting even if you are staying elsewhere.  All around the centre of La Baule you will find other restaurants, many of which focus on style (as befits the clientele) but with a generous sprinkling of cheerful crêperies and late-serving brasseries too.  All are within easy strolling distance, so the car keys can be left behind.

The pedigree of the hotel's owners, Christophe Delahaye and his wife, is impeccable; having run the hotel at Château de La Bretesche for ten years.  He is therefore well acquainted with golfer's needs and will ensure that you get the utmost out of your stay and golf holiday in La Baule.

Le Lutetia Hotel La Baule
Le Lutetia Hotel La Baule
Le Lutetia Hotel La Baule
Le Lutetia Hotel La Baule
Le Lutetia Hotel La Baule

Hotel Royal - La Baule
Hotel Royal - La Baule
Superior bedroom
Hotel Royal - La Baule
Hotel Royal - La Baule
Hotel Royal - La Baule
Hotel Royal - La Baule
Hotel Royal***** - La Baule

The Hôtel Royal is one of the grand old hotels of La Baule around which the whole of the rest of the resort appears to have grown up - La Baule's flagship in many ways.  Over the years all manner of glitterati have passed through its revolving doors and enjoyed its refined charms.  Gazing out towards the ocean across its manicured lawns, the Royal Hotel holds its head high, proud of its history and status as one of France's few five-star hotels. 

Although the Royal Hotel has a very traditional air, it has been gracefully modernised over the years.  Testament to this forward thinking is the extensive Thalasso centre (sea water spa).  All manner of treatments are available here, from week long courses with special diets, to an afternoon's revitalisation or just an hour's soothing.  The Thalasso may even distract any non-golfers from the chic boutiques that surround the Royal!

In addition to the indoor Thalasso pool there is an outdoor pool and of course three miles of sandy beach just outside your front gate.

Fouquet's restaurant at the hotel is exceptional, if ever so slightly formal.  More relaxed dining is available at Le Ponton down on the beach or any of the other restaurants along La Baule's oceanfront - including the Casino just next door.



Free golf everyday at: La Baule,
La Bretesche, St. Jean de Monts
and Nantes - Vigneux.

Hotel Royal - La Baule
Hotel Royal - La Baule
Hotel Royal - La Baule
Residence Suite & Green - La Baule

Hotel du Golf - 'under new management'

In 2013 the Hotel du Golf will be managed by Goelia, who have to date specialised in family self-catering holidays, this will be their first golf resort.

We therefore expect the hotel to be run as simple self-catering accommodation with little or no hotel services (despite its title), i.e. no full time staff at Reception.

Please note that although bed-linen will be provided, beds will not be made on arrival, there will be no daily cleaning of the rooms and a charge levied for final cleaning (and any breakages).  We expect the pool to be operational but without a bar nor restaurant on-site.  Breakfast will be available, but at a supplement; arrival and departure days will be restricted too.

Although there is unlikely to be a restaurant at the Hotel du Golf, options for dining out abound in La Baule, Pornichet, Le Pouliguen, St. André dez Eaux and Guérande (we will provide a list of our favourites along with your tickets).

Hotel du Golf - Suites

There are 100 or so Suites and larger Deluxe Suites, these are designed for two, with either a Twin or Double bed.  The larger Deluxe Suites also have a sofa bed in their sitting room so can accommodate three at a pinch.

Suites have a kitchen corner, comprising two hot rings, a micro wave, mini dishwasher and fridge; so simple lunches and dinners can be prepared if you wish.  However, "continental" breakfast will be available at a supplement served in the breakfast room beside the pool.

All the Suites have either a small patio area or balcony for catching some post-golf sunshine or dining en plein air.

Residence Suite & Green - La Baule
Residence Suite & Green - La Baule
Residence Suite & Green - La Baule
Residence Suite & Green - La Baule
Hotel du Golf - Villas

The villas are free-standing buildings, nearly all have three en-suite bedrooms with either Twin or Double beds (one Villa has four bedrooms).  They stand in their own small gardens just beyond the ring of Suites that encircles the Reception and pool.

Suite and Green Villas are much better suited to any budding Masterchefs as they have a good size sitting/dining room beside a fully equipped kitchen area with four hobs and an oven in addition to the microwave, dishwasher and fridge.

As in the Suites, breakfast can be taken in the pool room, for a small charge.

Residence Suite & Green - La Baule
Residence Suite & Green - La Baule
Residence Suite & Green - La Baule

Residence Suite & Green - La Baule
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Golf Par Gold

For utter luxury and seclusion, ask us about the Chateau de la Bretesche Hotel.


Sample Itinerary

4 nights at Le Lutetia
4 rounds of golf
Overnight ferries from Portsmouth (4 in a car, cabins extra):
£484.00 per person
Valid Sept. & Oct.

4 nights at the lovely Hermitage***** on the beach in La Baule
3 rounds of golf at La Baule & La Bretesche
£345.00 per person:
April & September


Guest Comments

"10/10 UK Service - You coped with our changed arrangements easily.
10/10 La Baule
9/10 La Bretesche - The courses were in the best condition we've seen in the twelve years we have been visiting.
10/10 Overall - Very satisfied."
Mr. P. Fitzhenry - Cornwall

"10/10 for the hotel - Lovely accommodation.
10/10 for the golf courses - They were all lovely.
Everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed the golf and the company, thank you, it was great."
Mrs. C. Leiworthy - Devon.


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