One of the most splendid destinations in France is the Dune de Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe, located at the southern end of the Archachon Bay, not far from Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast.
It's here where designer Philippe Starck resurrected an old landmark hotel, La Corniche, with a dramatic redesign in 2011. Newly dubbed La Co(o)rniche, the hotel preserved its 1930s architecture. The bedrooms-- appointed with linen sheets and white wood walls-- reflect the hotel's Basque spirit, and stunning natural scenery surrounding the property. There's an infinity pool overlooking the bay; an herb garden for the chefs; and a giant outdoor chess board.
New for this summer: La Co(o)rniche has expanded with 18 additional suites. Nestled on the sand, nine wood cabins-- each containing two guest suites-- were inspired by the traditional cabins in the oyster farming village of l'Herbe on the peninsula nearby. The project was overseen by Starck himself. For more information, visit www.lacoorniche-pyla.com.