REGION : Toulon – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
ATMOSPHERE : Seaside
STYLE : Sunny stayover
CATEGORY : 4*
ROOMS : 62 rooms
Two glasses of champagne
Want to cast off? To cruise under a bright sky? Head south to Toulon, in France’s Var region, to embark at L’Eautel. Opening on to “the most beautiful harbor in Europe,” according to Vauban, this 4* flagship hotel is located between the naval base and the merchant port, close to the Navy’s national museum.
MARITIME SPIRIT ASIDE, THE ADDRESS IS WELL GROUNDED, bringing together Victor-Micholet street’s 17th century buildings N°13, 15 and 17 in the heart of a widely rehabilitated Arts district. Inside: 62 rooms in multiple shades of blue. Long-haul captains or day boaters sail through the five categories of rooms, suites, and dormitories (skipper, upper deck, sun deck, large yacht, crew) enjoying a refreshing decor based on graphic waves, oars, ropes, pulleys, boat beds and references to ship cabins.
On the lower level, the reception is housed in a white and mahogany trawler, while Yoann Silve’s restaurant, L’Équerre, is located in the former Navy officers’ mess, under a 19th century glass roof attributed to the Ateliers Eiffel. The air is filled with the scent of vacation and coasting and an iodized, relaxed chic.
UPSTAIRS, go to the lookout and discover an amazing roof-top with a swimming pool. From there, enjoy the view overseeing the orange roofs of the old town as well as on the Mount Faron, then let yourself be lulled by the sea spray and the scent of the open ocean.
The ideal spot to lift anchor and drop stress.