• 2-6
  • 1-3
  • 1-2
  • Exclusive Partner Hotel
  • Stunning cliff-top setting
  • Spectacular ocean views
  • Private pathway to sandy beach
  • 5-minute walk to Bidart village centre

NEW FOR 2020

 

Flexible stays... Why not combine a stay at Hôtel La Villa L’Arche with a week in one of our stunning villas on the Aquitaine Coast? Or how about a short break in The Basque Country? Arrive on the day you prefer and stay a minimum of 3 nights to enjoy greater flexibility and your choice of flights. For further information please call 020 8392 5858.


There are no two ways about it, our new partner hotel in the beautiful village of Bidart enjoys some of the finest views along this esteemed stretch of coastline. Perched above the glorious sandy beach of Plage du Centre, the stunning cliff-top setting affords a magnificent vista across the lawned gardens to the ever-changing seascape of the Atlantic Ocean and the golden sunsets that have inspired poets and artists from around the world. And if it’s discreet sophistication and understated luxury that you’re after (complemented by the sort of elegant hospitality that the French deliver so effortlessly) you need look no further.

The hotel’s charming host, Florian Bouget, ensures guests feel pampered but never pressured, offering a concierge service that’s both equable and efficient - and always delivered with a smile. The choice of 1-bedroom suites or a 3-bedroom apartment make Hôtel La Villa L’Arche suitable for either couples or families seeking a tranquil base close to the lively cosmopolitan resorts of Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz. All are tastefully furnished, offering sumptuous beds dressed with immaculate linens, high-quality contemporary bath or shower rooms, a private balcony or terrace and those inspirational ocean views.

Daily breakfast may be enjoyed on the hotel terrace or in the privacy of your suite, the perfect continental-start to a day of leisure along the Basque Country coastline. Relax by the inviting heated pool or take the private path down to the glorious beach below, enjoy a therapeutic massage and jacuzzi or step out and conquer the coastal path; however you spend your days you’ll be captivated by the spellbinding views and warm traditional atmosphere of this very special spot.

The Local Area

Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbours, Bidart’s appeal should not be underestimated. Smaller, quieter and more traditional, it’s a civilised little place, offering a couple of delightful restaurants and bars and a number of useful shops. But the atmosphere in the central square electrifies when the locals arrive for a high-octane game of pelote and an evening by the fronton is not to be missed. The local beach, Plage du Centre, is as lovely as any along this coastline yet all the glitz and glamour of Biarritz is just a 15-minute drive away when you’re in the mood for some serious French chic and high-living. Hôtel La Villa L’Arche is also a wonderful base for anyone looking to explore a little further afield and enjoy a day trip to Spain or exploring the rugged mountains of the Pyrenees. With its intimate atmosphere and stylish air of informality, this is a truly blissful place for a memorable escape.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 4 Ocean Privilege rooms with terrace or balcony (sleeps 2)
  • 2 Junior suites with terrace or balcony (sleeps 2)
  • 1 apartment with ocean views (sleeps 6)
  • Minimum stay 3 nights 
  • 2 two-storey buildings separated by pool/gardens (one for rooms/suites/communal areas, other for apartments)
  • For details and images of individual rooms/suites/apartment, please see Rooms/Suites tab

All rooms/suites/apartment

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite TV (limited English-speaking channels)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

General

  • Concierge service
  • Reception service
  • Continental breakfast included with the rooms and suites only (can be taken in rooms, terrace or lounge)
  • Bar service (wine, beer, cider, soft drinks, tea, coffee)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shared heated swimming pool 4m x 14m
  • Massage treatments available (payable locally)
  • Underground parking €10/day (limited spaces, pre-booking essential – not suitable for large vehicles)
  • 20% discount on treatments at St Jean de Luz Loremar Thalasso & Spa
  • In October the pool will be heated to a minimum of 25°C and some seasonal restaurants, shops and bars may be closed

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Hotel access times

  • Check-in time 3.00pm
  • Check-out time 12.00

Location

  • Plage du Centre beach 2min walk, accessible directly from the hotel gardens
  • Plage d’Uhabia beach 4min walk (300m)
  • Nearest restaurant 4min walk (300m)
  • Bidart village (shops and restaurants) 7min walk (700m)
  • St Jean de Luz Loremar Thalasso & Spa 15min drive (8km)
  • Biarritz airport 20min drive (8km)

Flights

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Biarritz

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 25 May - 31 Aug
Southampton Flybe Saturday 25 May - 31 Aug
London Gatwick Easyjet Saturday 01 June - 21 Sep

Bilbao 

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season

Bordeaux

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 12 May - 1 Sep
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May - 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar - 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May - 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 31 Mar - 2 Sep

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Help

Property Grading Key:

  • 5/5

    Excellent

  • 4/5

    Very good

  • 3/5

    Good

Close
  • Location

    5/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    4.5/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    4.5/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    5/5

    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Steeped in Basque traditions as old as the hills, this destination reflects a very different take on ‘Frenchness’: one that’s also imbued with the colours of Spain just a short drive away. And if swimming, sunbathing, surfing and sandy beaches don’t appeal, you can try a thalassotherapy spa session, watch an adrenaline-fuelled game of Basque pelote or flex your cultural muscle along the narrow streets of ancient towns and pristine villages where museums, galleries and restaurants are in plentiful supply.

Visit our collection of handpicked villas or boutique hotels in Biarritz & The Basque Country to complete your luxury holiday on the Aquitaine Coast.

Read more on our Aquitaine Coast region page

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