We know the West coast of France well but have never stayed on one of the islands so when we had the opportunity for a medium break we chose the Isle de Re. We managed to get quite a good deal on the Hotel Atalante. We were attracted by the hotel's position - very close to the sea. The unlimited free use of the spa facilities were not such a pull in comparison with the beaches sea etc but did try the heated [32 degree] indoor pool - very pleasant. We have reasonable French so fact the hotel was very 'French' - didn't meet any other English and some staff with limited English not an issue but might be for some. All the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. The hotel was very comfortable. Its low rise in keeping with the rest of the island. We had room 318 - not one of the more expensive - but had a balcony and a view of the sea so would recommend. Very nice restaurant but note breakfast 20 Euros and dinner 45-50 plus wine. Overall really liked the hotel. The island was great - not commercialised and carefully preserved -but the weather was fantastic so able to take advantage of superb beaches and clean sea. Lots of opportunities for surfing etc. very flat and lots of cycle trails and opportunities to rent bikes. Very pretty villages and harbours - restaurants etc though not cheap to eat out in France these days and we felt many of the restaurants were on the expensive side- La Flotte, St Martin de Re recommended. Good market at La Bois Plage which also provided a great and accessible beach. However if weather is poor there is less to do and although there is quick and easy communication with the mainland because of the toll [16 Euros] to enter island it would be an expensive base if you wanted to explore the West Coast as a whole. Overall if you are looking for a peaceful holiday where you are reasonably static and just want to immerse yourself in the charms of the island the Hotel Atalante is to be recommended.
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- Atalante Relais Thalasso Hotel
- Atalante Relais Thalasso Ile De Re/Sainte Marie De Re, France