The Grand Hotel Loreamar Reopens in French Basque Country

Hendaye, France
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Grand Hotel Loreamar, St Jean de Luz

Arguably one of the best sandy beaches in France is located in the Basque town of Saint Jean-de-Luz. Surrounded by the lush foothills of the Pyrénées, the charming oceanfront resort has been a top Atlantic destination for centuries of vacationers. Here on the beachfront promenade, the Grand Hotel Loreamar is a legendary landmark of the Belle Epoque.

This five-star hotel reopened on June 1 after months of renovation and refurbishment work under the guidance of interior architect Patrick Ribes. The idea was to showcase the same Art Deco spirit, reinterpreted for the 21st century. Bathed in natural light, the 52 guestrooms are decorated with gold, silver, and black accents to conjure the color palette of the 1930s. Rooms have been enlarged, and the new Junior Suites have terraces overlooking the ocean.

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Grand Hotel Loreamar, St Jean de Luz

The Valmont spa has also had a makeover, and a new chef, Christophe Grosjean, has taken over the reins of L’Ocean restaurant. What’s more: the hotel is now catering to families with a dedicated kids club for 4-12 year-olds. The thalasso spa also offers a treatment menu for pint-sized guests.

Grand Hotel Loreamar, St Jean de Luz

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The process will take several days as passengers are tested for coronavirus and they are expected to remain in quarantine once repatriated.