At the beginning of the month I travelled to what can only be described as the most photogenic island on earth.
OK, so there may well be others – but if you’re a shutters / sophisticated paint colour / marina / ice cream kind of a girl, then the Île de Ré is the very place for you.
I travelled to the island – which is about 20 minutes in a taxi from the airport at La Rochelle – with French lifestyle brand La Redoute.
They are one I’ve been championing of late on Instagram, after discovering some particularly brilliant home buys, including this rug.
I actually featured lots of photos on Instagram while I was there, but I wanted to show a couple more looks AND give a sneaky peek of just how gorgeous the place is.
Disclaimer, this is quite a photo heavy post!
But read on for five of my must visit places on this beautiful Isle.
Totally booking to go back.
FIVE REASONS TO VISIT THE ÎLE DE RÉ
- It’s basically the Hamptons of France, where Parisians ‘summer’ en masse. Go in September, when you can get into the most popular marina-side restaurants without having to book. Just remember to sit on the tables WITHOUT place http://www.ativanonlinelowprice.com mats if you just want a drink and WITH the place mats if you want food. Yes, we got told off a lot about this.
- Hire a bike. Everyone cycles, it’s practically the law. They are everywhere, but expect to pay around £8 per day to hire one. Cycle out of the fortified walls to La Bois Plage, a lovely little town with a brilliant family beach.
- Buy an ice cream at La Martinière on the quay at Saint Martin. I tried a couple and can confirm the salted caramel and double chocolate is a particularly amazing combination. Stroll around the little shopping streets of Saint Martin, where you’ll find everything from the most amazing children’s cotton pyjamas to antiques. I loved a little boutique called Iloya, selling beautiful accessories, shoes and cool labels.
- Stay somewhere central where you can stroll (or cycle). Cars aren’t a no-go exactly, but it’s not easy to navigate around with them. Plus, the parking is almost non-existent. We stayed at La Maison Douce, a small boutique hotel with cute rooms and a courtyard garden. It was also a gentle five minute stroll down to the quay at St Martin.
- Lunch in La Flotte after visiting the amazing food market (globe artichokes! Shiny red berries! Figs! Cheese! Oh the cheese!) It’s a stylish town with the most stunning marina and sea view. L’Ecailler has some of the best seafood on the island – and has a perfect harbourside location.
Thanks to La Redoute for taking me to the Île de Ré. I worked on this post in collaboration with them, but all words, thoughts and styling are my own. All photos are courtesy of Amber Rose.
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