Those looking to experience the glamour and old-school style of this enchanting island will be well catered for at L’Hôtel de Toiras, one of the most exclusive Relais & Châteaux addresses in the region. Located at the entrance to the port of Saint Martin de Ré, this five-star hotel boasts incredible charm and offers a tranquil escape from the bustling harbour. Foodies will delight at the hotel’s restaurant, La Table d’Olivia, headed up by Executive Chef, Antonio Sanna. The Italian chef joined the team earlier in 2018 with years of experience in Michelin starred restaurants across the globe. His menu at La Table d’Olivia offers a refined cuisine focused around seafood, using his Italian heritage to give classic French food a creative twist.

Those visiting L’Hôtel de Toiras can spend their days making the most of the hotel’s central location.  From practicing your swing on the nearby golf courses and horse riding through the countryside, to paddle boarding and boat trips on the calm waters, there’s something for everyone. The endless bicycle trails are also not to be missed – winding their way around the island, the 100km of cycling routes are the perfect way for visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, all with a healthy dose of fresh Atlantic sea air. The cycle paths take travellers past a host of wonderful scenery, including the island’s secluded sandy beaches backed by powdery dunes, pine forests, pretty French villages, fishing harbours, salt pans, oyster farms and vineyards.