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					                                                                                                                                                 The dunes around Bordeaux.

                                                              Golf du Medoc Hotel & Spa, near Bordeaux (page 82).       Pont Pierre, Bordeaux.

   South-west                                          of its pomp and seamlessly shows off its
                                                       renowned vineyards and countless chateaux.
                                                                                                                     The scenery is impressive with massive beaches,
                                                                                                                     thick forests, the Atlantic Ocean and the
                                                       More recent additions include several good
   France                                              courses. It is now a serious golf destination.
                                                                                                                     Pyrenees. Après-golf is lively with the locals
                                                                                                                     loving a good party. And not only is it fun, it’s
                                                                                                                     classy: remarkable hotels and villas, casinos,
   The splendour of Bordeaux to the                    Biarritz                                                      smart shops, pleasure ports and well-preserved
   glitz of Biarritz. And with five                    Biarritz is a true golfing paradise. Add fine                 fishing villages.
   courses in Europe’s Top 100, you’re                 weather, great food and extensive nightlife to
                                                       the equation and the result is a fantastic golf               Here’s an idea!
   spoilt!                                             holiday.
                                                                                                                     Stay a night or two in or around Bordeaux, play
   Bordeaux                                            Access is quick with plenty of flights in and
                                                                                                                     the best courses (Medoc and Lacanau), and
                                                       around the resorts. Some clients drive down
   France has everything one could wish for and                                                                      then take the short drive down to Biarritz and
                                                       from the Channel ports and take an overnight
   Bordeaux is the case in point.                                                                                    play Seignosse, Hossegor, Chiberta and
                                                       stop to break the nine-hour drive with others
   Established by the Romans who found the             preferring the overnight ferries to Bilbao or                 Moliets...We’ve got accommodation to match
   natural river ports, wine, and the perfect          Santander. Once there, the resorts, courses and               every taste and there’s the small matter of
   agricultural conditions to their liking, the area   restaurants are all local so you’ll be doing more             being able to play five European Top 100
   has prospered for over 2000 years. It retains all   driving on the course than on the roads.                      courses in one week... Absolutely unique!

   Warm weather…Wonderful sights and scenery…More European Top 100 courses than anywhere else…

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What to see and do                                                                                     Suggested Itinerary
Parties                                                                                                I   Fly-drive from UK to Bordeaux
I The bars and clubs of the beautiful city of                                                          I   Two-in-a-midsize hire car
                                                                                                       I   Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at Chateau des
                                                                                                           Vigiers near Bergerac
I The bars, clubs, casinos and brasseries in and
                                                                                                       I   Daily golf or spa treatment at Vigiers
   around Biarritz                                                                                     I   Three nights’ b/b at the Mercure Thalassa, Biarritz
I Wine-tastings and dinner in private chateaux                                                         I   Golf at Chiberta, Seignosse and Hossegor
                                                                                                       I   One night’s dinner, bed and breakfast at Chateau
Explorers                                                                                                  Mirambeau
                                                                                                       I   Return flight from Bordeaux
I The dunes of Lacanau
I The vineyards of Margaux, Medoc and                                                                                                                          Price
                                                                                                       April 2009 until November 2009                         £1479
I The markets of Sainte-Foy-La Grande and
I The museum and sights of Bordeaux
I Drive along the Pyrenees mountains
I The ancient port of Saint-Jean de Luz

I A sea-view room at Hotel du Palais or a
  lakeview suite at Chateau Brindos
I Escape to the Alain Ducasse Ostape retreat

I The windsurfing, beaches and dunes all
                                                                                                                                    The stunning town of Castelnaud
  along the coast
I Fabulous weather

I Bordeaux is known for producing the best
   red wine in the world but the white wines of
   the region are delicious too – there’s
   nothing nicer than a bottle of Jurancon, a
   baguette and foie gras! Cuisine is hearty
   with a slight Basque influence.
I We send a Recommended Restaurant list
   with your Holiday Information Pack

Temperatures & Rainfall
     Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 ˚C 10 14 17 20 22 25 29 29 25 20 15 12
                                                       Hossegor Golf Club, near Biarritz (page 88).
mm 75 63 63 62 71 65 62 59 70 88 87 85

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   How to get there
   Here’s a list of the most convenient ways to get to your holiday                                                                                To Paris, St Malo
                                                                                                                                                   and Calais
   destination.                                                                                                                                                                              Cognac
   For further information and the latest news, please call us on
   01277 824100 or visit
   Train                                                                                                                                                         de
   I Folkestone – Calais (car)     I Calais – Brive (Motorail)
                                                                         Relais de Margaux, Medoc vineyards.                                                                     A10
   I UK – Bordeaux/Saint Jean de Luz (foot passenger)                                                                                                                             6
   Ferry                                                                                                                                                                                              N141
   I Dover – Calais                     I Plymouth – Santander
   I Portsmouth – Caen/St Malo          I Portsmouth – Bilbao                                                                                                 Margaux
   I Several UK airports – Bordeaux/Toulouse/Bergerac

   I Stansted/Bristol – Bergerac                                                                                                                                  4
   I Stansted – Biarritz/Bilbao/Pau                                                                                         Lacanau                           Medoc                    Dord
                                                                                                                                                 D626                                       o
                                                                                                                                                                      Bordeaux     D936
   What the price includes                                                                                                                                                                              Ste-Foy-La-Grande Bergerac

   Our prices are based on an exchange rate of €1.27/£1.
                                                                                             Atlantic Ocean                                                                           St-Emilion
   Should the exchange rate decrease or increase, we will                                                                                                                                                       Vigiers
   quote your holiday at the commercial exchange rate of
   the day.
   All our prices are ‘’all-inclusive’’ and there are NO                                                                                     Gujan
   hidden extras. The “From” price is based on mid-week
   and low season, and the “To” price is based on                                                     Bay of Biscay                                                                                          Ga
   weekend and high season. The prices include:                                                                                                                                                                     nn
                                                                                                                                                                                       D932                           e
   I    Return flights from UK to local airport based on an average                                                                                A83
        of £150 including taxes and luggage carriage charges
   I    Four-in-a-large hire car with all insurances
   I    The accommodation and board as detailed                                                           Moliets-Plage
   I    The selection of courses in the example itinerary                                                                      D652
                                                                                                              Moliets                                                                                                         To Toulouse
   I    Taxes and service charges
   I    A comprehensive Holiday Information Pack
   I    The knowledge and experience of our team                                                      Vieux-Boucau
   I    ABTA and ATOL bonds so you know your money is safe                                                                                                                                Area
                                                                                                                                  N10                                                   enlarged
   I    Past Client benefits depending on your holiday spend
   Please contact us on 01277 824100 for the exact price for
   your preferred holiday dates as prices can vary week-to-week
   and we may have received a relevant special offer.                                                                                                                                  25 miles
   Groups - save £££s per person!                                                                             11
                                                                                                                                                                                  Hotel location
   Discounts range from £50 for a group of five people for a two-                                                                                                                 Main town
   night stay up to £2000 for a group of 25 people on a week’s                             Biarritz            Bayonne                               N117                         Golf Club
                                                                             Biarritz Le Phare           10
   stay! See page six of the Introduction and call us on 01277
   824100 for exact prices.                                                                                        Makila
                                                                                          St Jean de Luz                                         A64
                                                                                                           Arcangues                                                                   Pau
                 No currency surcharge                                       Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To Toulouse
       We guarantee that the holiday price quoted to you when you
        pay your deposit is the holiday price you will pay. We have         To Bilbao (Portsmouth)
       taken steps to avoid any possibility of surcharging our clients      and Santander (Plymouth)

           for currency fluctuations and any other holiday cost.

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RESORT                              SPA £££                                                                PARKLAND

Relais de Margaux **** Margaux 1                                                                           Margaux                                           The undulating countryside and eight holes
                                                                                                                                                             with water hazards provide a scenic and clever
At a glance                                       Courses within 30 minutes                                Par 71. 6653 yards. Slope 133.                    test of golf where only poor shots are
I Vineyard and riverside location                 I   Margaux (on site)       I   Medoc                     I   Excellent practice facilities                penalised.
I Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World
                                                                                                            I   Brand new clubhouse with panoramic terrace
                                                                                                                                                             The remaining holes are parkland where you
                                                  Suggested itinerary                     From        To
Relais de Margaux is one of the                                                                            Bordering the Gironde River and                   can open up a bit, but it’s ‘target golf’ to the
                                                  Four nights’ b/b, golf at Margaux (twice),
finest golfing resorts in France.                 Medoc & Pessac                        £779        £875                                                     greens.
                                                                                                           set over 45 hectares around the
                                                  Single room supplement per night         £68       £85   reputed hotel, Margaux has rapidly                Relais de Margaux can seriously vie for being
Rising from the vineyards of the Chateau
Vincent Margaux estate, this is a haven of                                                                 matured into a lovely course.                     one of the most complete golfing resorts in
pleasure where the warm welcome and                   J   F M A M J               J A S O N D                                                                France. Easy walking.
impressive facilities combine with a
sensational location.                                 French Golf Holidays bonuses
                                                      I Free room upgrade
There are 100 bedrooms shared between the             I Seventh night free all year
                                                      I Free golf at Margaux for groups of 8 - 14
original chateau and sympathetically stylish
                                                        people from Nov - Mar
extension. All are large and well-equipped and        I A welcome bottle of red wine in your bedroom

most overlook the golf course. Our prices are         I Special three-night b/b & golf deal in standard
                                                        rooms available
based on the Superior Harmonie bedrooms.
There are two worthy restaurants including an
all-day brasserie and, of course, a wine cellar
and bar of note.
Facilities include a spa, health suite, a huge
panoramic terrace and, of course, the
championship golf course. For modern luxury
in an ageless setting, Margaux is the perfect

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   ART DE VIVRE                          SPA ££

   Golf du Medoc Hotel and Spa **** Bordeaux 4
  At a glance
  I Two superb 18-hole courses on site
  I Spa with fitness centre and indoor pool
  I Wine bar with fireplace
                                                                                                            CREME DE LA CREME

                                                                                                                                                               The main course is Les Chateaux – one of the
  Newest hotel on the “Bordeaux                                                                             Medoc Les Chateaux                                 best in Europe and deceptively tough with
  block” is the Golf du Medoc Hotel
                                                                                                            Par 71. 6946 yards. Slope 130.                     generous fairways bordered by penal rough,
  & Spa. Constructed from wood                                                                                                                                 heather, broom, water hazards and ditches.
                                                                                                             I Regular host to the European Tour
  and glass, this hotel adds                                                                                 I One of the best 36-hole clubs in France         Drive well and play with a plan for each hole
  contemporary design to the                                                                                 I Excellent clubhouse with panoramic restaurant
                                                                                                                                                               and you’ll get to the large, contoured greens
  justified boast of having two very                                                                                                                           with a good chance for par! Entertaining and
                                                                                                            Two contrasting, but equally
  highly-rated courses on site.                                                                                                                                visually appealing, this is golf at its finest.
                                                                                                            enjoyable, golf courses.
  Just 20 minutes from Bordeaux and the
  airport, Golf du Medoc Hotel and Spa has a
  restaurant and cracking wine bar. The hotel is                                                            PARKLAND                                           Medoc Les Vignes
  smoothly run and it’s a fine choice for comfort
  and practicality.                                                                                                                                             Par 71. 6842 yards. Slope 127.
                                                    Courses within 30 minutes
                                                    I Medoc Chateaux/Vignes (on site)
  You can also combine your favourite sport with    I Margaux               I Pessac
                                                                                                                                                               Some clients rate Les Vignes as
  wine-tastings and, as with all our hotels, we     I Lacanau                                                                                                  even better than Les Chateaux.
  can organise dinners in exclusive wine
                                                                                                                                                               The back nine, where tall pine trees frame
  chateaux.                                         Suggested itinerary                  From          To                                                      verdant fairways and smallish greens, is
                                                    Four nights’ b/b, a Chateau wine-tasting
  Enjoy your golf and food and relax with a         (excluding transfers), golf at Medoc                                                                       beautiful. Commencing with relatively open
  massage…La belle vie!                             (three times) and Lacanau             £609      £689                                                       parkland holes, Les Vignes gets prettier and
                                                    Single room supplement per night        £37       £45                                                      tougher as the round progresses. With great
                                                                                                                                                               investment in maintenance and a classy
                                                        J   F M A M J            J A S O N D                                                                   clubhouse, this club easily justifies its ranking
                                                                                                                                                               among the very best in France. Easy walking.
                                                        French Golf Holidays bonuses                                                                           Nine miles north-west of Bordeaux centre.
                                                        I Fourth night free from Apr - Oct
                                                        I Stay four nights and play three times at Medoc                                                       Both courses have huge wine bottles as 150-
                                                          and receive a free bottle of Medoc wine in                                                           yard markers with each marker named after
                                                          your room                                                                                            the best Medoc vineyards, the wines of which
                                                        I 10% off all spa treatments
                                                                                                                                                               are readily available in the clubhouse.

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                                                                                                                                                               Par 71. 6569 yards. Slope 125.

                                                                                                                                                              Vigiers is set in a stunning
                                                                                                                                                              location with a tranquil ambience.
                                                                                                                                                              The new 9-hole golf course "La Vallée"
                                                                                                                                                              opened in 2008, which means that Chateau
                                                                                                                                                              des Vigiers now offers a unique 27-hole golf
                                                                                                                                                              course: "La Vallée", Par 36, 3112m, “Le Lac”,
                                                                                                                                                              Par 35, 2935m and “Les Vignes”, Par 36,
                                                                                                                                                              By dividing 27 holes into three 9 hole courses
                                                                                                                                                              you’ll be able to play different configurations
                                                                                                                                                              which will feel as if you’re playing on three
                                                                                                                                                              different 18-hole courses, each with different
                                                                                                                                                              slopes (from 125 to 129).
                                                                                                                                                              On top of that, there are two training zones
                                                                                                                                                              for chipping, bunkers or rolling, a covered
                                                                                                                                                              range with targets from 50 to 200m, and the
ART DE VIVRE                           SPA ££££                                                                                   FOREST              18/36
                                                                                                                                                              6-hole academy course (1035m). Whatever
                                                                                                                                                              your level, come and discover the new golf
Chateau des Vigiers **** Monestier 3                                                                                                                          facilities in the prestigious Chateau Des Vigiers
At a glance                                       three people) next to the chateau and 40
I Beautiful bedrooms                              bedrooms in the striking (and very eco-
I Own vineyard and orchards
I Just 15 mins from Bergerac airport
                                                  friendly) wooden chalet overlooking the third
                                                  nine. It’s all very nicely put together.
Undeniably one of the finest all-                 As well as the beautiful accommodation,
round golf-hotels in France where                 gastronomy is another reason to stay at Vigiers
history, beauty and luxury are                    - Le Chai brasserie and Les Fresques restaurant
offered in the best of French style.              provide the perfect combination of hearty local
As well as first-class comfort, the               fare and a full-blown gastronomic affair. Most
                                                  clients take our excellent value half-board
spirit, welcome and style of
                                                  options, leave the car alone and just sit back
Vigiers is unsurpassed.                           and enjoy!
The accommodation comes in three parts - 25
                                                  Leisure facilities include two swimming pools,
deluxe bedrooms in the 16th-Century chateau
                                                  a fitness and beauty centre and tennis. Walks
- known locally as “Little Versailles” along
                                                  around the orchards are a perfect ‘digestif’
with the gourmet restaurant, bar and
                                                  and cycling and horse-riding can also be
sumptuous lounges, a further 22 bedrooms
                                                  organised. In addition, Chateau des Vigiers has
are in the Dependances (suitable for up to
                                                  its own working vineyard producing good red,        Suggested itinerary                  From          To
                                                  white and rosé - a tour and tasting here is all     Five nights’ b/b, three dinners,
                                                  part of the Vigiers experience, as well as local    golf at Vigiers (three times)         £865       £945
                                                  foie-gras tasting and the occasional foray into     Single room supplement per night       £60        £76
                                                  the stunning countryside and towns.
                                                                                                       J     F M A M J             J A S O N D
                                                  Vigiers always strikes the right note for clients
                                                  looking for a golf holiday with class.
                                                                                                        French Golf Holidays bonuses
                                                                                                        I   Free second rounds
                                                  Courses within 30 minutes                             I   25-minute beauty treatments per day for
                                                  I   Chateau des Vigiers (on site)                         non-golfers

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                                                                                               Par 72. 6661 yards. Slope 143.
                                                                                               I Nice holiday golf
                                                                                               I Close to Bordeaux Airport
                                                                                               I Possible to play the nine-hole course after lunch

                                                                                              A massive 120-hectare golfing
                                                                                              estate with an 18-hole golf course,
                                                                                              a nine-holer, a three-hole training
                                                                                              course and a golf academy.
                                                                                              Set in an appealing countryside location close
                                                                                              to the airport, it’s ideal for your first or last
                                                                                              day’s golf. The main course is quite daunting
                                                                                              off the back tees but the tree-lined fairways
                                                                                              are far more enticing off the forwards. Very
                                                                                              flat, quite technical and with a little bit of
                                                                                              water and lots of bunkers, Pessac is very
                                                                                              agreeable – and you should play to your
                                                                                              handicap. There’s a warm welcome and good
                                                                                              food in the modern clubhouse. Seven miles
   ART DE VIVRE                         ££
                                                                                              west of Bordeaux.

   La Guerinière ***                                                                           French Golf Holidays bonus
                                                                                               I   Free second round
   Gujan-Mestras 5                                          PARKLAND   18/36
  At a glance
  I Adjacent to the nature reserve, oyster park and
    golf course of Gujan-Mestras                                                              Lacanau
  I Michelin-starred restaurant

                                                                                               Par 72. 6257 yards. Slope 137.
  This is a super little hotel.                                                                I Classic forest golf layout
                                                                                               I Well-maintained
  Very much a superior three-star, the 25                                                      I Just a mile inland from the Atlantic beaches

  bedrooms, ‘zen’ public lounges and gardens
  are presented with great panache. The                                                       One of the best courses
  restaurant is definitely worth a few nights in                                              in the south-west of France,
  with puddings to die for and an impressive                                                  Lacanau is a wonderful pine
  cellar.                                                                                     forest layout quite similar to
  A great place to relax, take in the delights of                                             Hardelot Les Pins in Northern
  the region and to play some fine golf courses.                                              France.
                                                                                              Lacanau has several memorable holes and a
  Courses within 30 minutes
  I   Gujan-Mestras             I   Arcachon                                                  high standard of maintenance. Tall pines, dog-
                                                                                              legs and an abundance of clever sand traps
  Suggested itinerary                     From        To                                      are apparent but you may also have to play
  Four nights’ b/b, golf at Gujan (twice)                                                     against the breezes coming from the mile-
  & Arcachon                              £559       £649                                     distant Atlantic!
  Single room supplement per night             £34    £46
                                                                                              Never too difficult and always enjoyable,
                                                                                              Lacanau is worthy of playing many times. Fairly
      J    F M A M J                J A S O N D                                               flat. 30 miles west of Bordeaux.

      French Golf Holidays bonus
      I   Early check-in and late check-out

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                                           Gujan                                                  Romantic add-on
                                            Par 72. 6606 yards. Slope 129.
                                            I Massive terrace and clubhouse overlooking
                                              the lake and 18th
                                            I One of the prettiest courses in France

                                           A very attractive pine-forest
                                           course and highly-rated in the best
                                           golf guides.
                                           Gujan’s main obstacles are natural to the
                                           region - the lakes from the Landes Nature
                                           Reserve, the heather and the trees...It takes
                                           the very best from its beautiful location and
                                           provides a fine but fair test.
                                           If you’re driving well, some of the par-fours
                                           and fives are generous and there are many
                                           tempting approaches to take on but careless
                                           risk-taking is penalised. Easy walking. 38 miles
                                           south-west of Bordeaux.

                                            French Golf Holidays bonuses
                                            I   Free second round
                                            I   Free trolley hire                             LUXURY                               ££££

 FOREST           18/36                                                                       Chateau de Mirambeau **** LUXE Mirambeau 6
                                                                                              At a glance
                                                                                              I One of the World’s most romantic hotels
                                                                                              I Excellent leisure facilities
                                                                                              I Gastronomic restaurant
                                                                                              I Wine tasting

                                                                                              Breathe in the Renaissance at this
                                                                                              magnificent luxury chateau. Class
                                                                                              exudes from every aspect of
                                                                                              Chateau de Mirambeau and its
                                                                                              beautiful setting.
                                                                                              Stroll around the magnificent
                                                                                              park, or enjoy the extravagant                     jogging and cycle track, sauna, hamman and
                                                                                              interiors combining rich fabrics                   Jacuzzi and tennis courts.
                                                                                              with antique furnishing.                           A magical experience, recommended if you are
 PARKLAND                                                                                     There are 23 beautifully furnished and             en-route home or just to have a couple of
                                                                                              equipped bedrooms all with stunning                nights after your golf holiday.
                                           design, this is old-fashioned resort
Arcachon                                   golf in the finest sense.
                                                                                                                                                 Courses within 30 minutes
 Par 72. 6400 yards. Slope 133.                                                               Relax in the comfy salon before enjoying a         I   Saintes
                                           The front nine is through the forest and the
 I New clubhouse                                                                              gastronomic dinner in the elegant dining room
                                           back nine is on rolling parkland so the
 I Pleasant holiday golf                                                                      and if the wines take your fancy, ask the          Suggested itinerary                From     To
 I Great views                             emphasis is on accuracy rather than length                                                            Two nights’ b/b                    £299   £380
                                                                                              Sommelier for a tasting.
                                           and many holes are different in their demands.                                                        Single room supplement per night   £117   £157
From the family-feel in the                Good fun – not too difficult and with the          If you prefer to exercise your body rather than
                                                                                                                                                 Closed                                    Closed
clubhouse to the conventional              bonus of great views. Hilly in parts. Two miles    your mind, there is an outdoor swimming pool,
                                                                                                                                                     J    F M A M J        J A S O N D
                                           south of Arcachon.                                 spa, indoor pool with waterfall, fitness centre,

                                                       See pages 88-89 for
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    COMFORTABLE                           £

   Golf Hotel de
                                                                                                                                                                           LUXURY                           SPA ££££
   Seignosse ***
   Seignosse 8                                                                                                                                                            Hotel Du Palais **** LUXE
   At a glance                                                                                                                                                            Biarritz 0
   I Welcoming ambience
   I Hearty local specialities                                                                                                                                            At a glance
   I Low single room supplement                                                                                     CHARMING                       £££                    I World renowned
                                                                                                                                                                          I Michelin-star restaurant
                                                            COMFORTABLE                      ££                                                                           I Magnificent five-storey Guerlain Spa
   A Louisiana-styled hotel
   overlooking the fairways of a
                                                                                                                    Mercure Thalassa                                      I Pitch and putt facilities

   world-renowned golf course.
                                                            Le Pavillon Bleu ***                                    **** Biarritz 0                                       One of the last Palace hotels in
   The 45 bedrooms are nicely-
                                                            Hossegor 9                                              At a glance
                                                                                                                                                                          Europe, du Palais provides a
                                                                                                                      Elegantly refurbished                               sublime experience in a fabulous
   appointed and some come with a                           At a glance
                                                                                                                    I Ten minute walk from the resort centre              location.
   balcony and view down the 18th                           I Lakeside location                                     I Adjacent to Biarritz Le Phare Golf Club
                                                            I Easy walk from Hossegor Golf Club and the                                                                   Ideal for the sights of the resort and the
   or 9th (well worth the                                     resort centre                                         Built at the turn of the 20th-                        sensational Atlantic Ocean views. The 187
   supplement).                                             I Most bedrooms overlook the lake
                                                                                                                    Century, this classic hotel boasts                    bedrooms are classy and come with all the
   Facilities include a nice pool and the excellent                                                                 66 large and comfy bedrooms.                          amenities you expect from a very special hotel.
                                                            Le Pavillon Bleu is a stylish family-
   restaurant serves delicious and local                                                                                                                                  And despite the glamour of the hotel itself, the
                                                            run hotel with 21 lake-view and                         Carrying on from the striking exterior, the huge
   specialities with poolside dining in fine                                                                                                                              staff and service make you feel relaxed and
   weather.                                                 well-equipped bedrooms                                  atrium (where you find the reception and the
                                                                                                                                                                          “on holiday” from the moment you arrive.
                                                            (including CD, DVD players and                          restaurant), is also impressive as is the rest of
   For après-golf, the bar is relaxed and the                                                                       the hotel.                                            Freshly opened is the beautiful spa so you’ve
                                                            queen-sized beds), balconies and a
   resorts of Cap Breton and Hossegor are a                                                                                                                               got the perfect opportunity to be pampered
                                                            great location on the lake.                             From the excellent restaurant to the views and
   short drive away.                                                                                                                                                      and relaxed even before you enjoy the bar and
                                                            Le Pavillon Bleu is also popular for its                from the adjacent spa to the proximity of the
   A top-value base, surrounded by some of the                                                                                                                            restaurant. And what makes du Palais even
                                                            gastronomic restaurant. Welcoming, central              resort...Everything in spot on.
   best courses you’ll ever play.                                                                                                                                         more appealing? Have a look at our prices...
                                                            and good value, it’s the choice for those who                                                                 You won’t find a better price for this majestic
                                                                                                                    Courses within 30 minutes
   Courses within 30 minutes                                want to be in the heart of ‘golf country’ but           I Biarritz Le Phare (on site)                         hotel.
   I Seignosse (on site)         I Hossegor                 still have a French experience.                         I Chiberta                  I Makila
   I Moliets                     I Arcangues                                                                        I Arcangues                 I Chantaco                Sensational!
   I Makila                                                 Courses within 30 minutes                               I Hossegor

                                                            I Chiberta                 I Hossegor                                                                         Courses within 30 minutes
   Suggested itinerary                    From        To    I Arcangues                I Makila                     Suggested itinerary                  From       To
                                                                                                                                                                          I Chiberta                  I Hossegor
                                                            I Seignosse                I Biarritz Le Phare                                                                I Arcangues                 I Makila
   Five nights’ b/b, golf at Seignosse                      I Moliets
                                                                                                                    Four nights’ b/b, golf at Biarritz Le Phare,          I Chantaco                  I Biarritz Le Phare
   (twice), Moliets & Hossegor                £649   £799                                                           Seignosse & Arcangues                   £655   £850
   Single room supplement per night            £14    £16                                                           Single room supplement per night         £36   £49
                                                            Suggested itinerary                   From        To                                                          Suggested itinerary                   From          To
                                                            Five nights’ b/b, golf at Hossegor, Moliets,                                                                  Four nights’ b/b, golf at Chiberta,
       J    F M A M J                J A S O N D            Seignosse & Chiberta                  £699       £899       J    F M A M J          J A S O N D               Chantaco & Biarritz Le Phare          £1060       £1199
                                                            Single room supplement per night       £28        £68                                                         Single room supplement per night         £74        £98
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       I   Low-season golf and hotel rates in June              J   F M A M J              J A S O N D                  I   One in ten free                                   J   F M A M J               J A S O N D

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                                                                                                                                                                       ART DE VIVRE                       SPA ££££
                                                                                                            Alcyon *** Biarritz 0
                                                                                                                                                                       Chateau de
                                                                                                            At a glance
                                                                                                            I   Secluded yet close to the sights of Biarritz           Brindos **** Anglet !
COMFORTABLE                            SPA £££
                                                                                                            Hotel Alcyon is a delightful hotel                         At a glance
                                                                                                                                                                         Easy access to the resorts
Radisson ****
                                                                                                            from which to explore the                                  I Owned by French sporting icon Serge Blanco
                                                                                                            attractions of the resort.                                 I Beautiful dining room and terrace

Biarritz 0                                                                                                                                                             I The best small hotel in the region

                                                                                                            The 15 bedrooms and their bathrooms are
At a glance                                                                                                 small but beautifully-appointed and come                   This 1900’s villa is one of the
I Huge bedrooms with panoramic ocean views                                                                  complete with flat-screen TV and first-class
I Roof-top pool and bar
                                                                                                                                                                       finest hotels in south-west France.
I Fabulous Serge Betsen sports spa                                                                          beds. And although it’s in a quiet district of
                                                                                                                                                                       Overlooking a private lake and with just 29
I Easy-going dining options                                                                                 Biarritz, it’s only a three-minute walk from the
                                                                                                                                                                       individually-appointed bedrooms, there is style
                                                                                                            myriad of bars and brasseries. Our prices are
Set a gentle stroll from the main                                                                           based on the best bedrooms.
                                                                                                                                                                       and luxury wherever you look. The bedrooms
resort, the Radisson has a friendly                                                                                                                                    come with all the mod-cons, sumptuous
                                                                                                            The Alcyon provides the answer if you’re                   furnishings and most have a balcony or
feel and the staff, decor and
                                                                                                            looking for dormy-style ambience and resort                terrace.
facilities are ideal.
                                                                                                            centre convenience.
                                                                                                                                                                        The cosy lounges and bar are very relaxing
For après-golf, the roof-top bar and pool afford
                                                                                                            Courses within 30 minutes                                  and the lake-view restaurant is acclaimed for
superb views and the brand-new Serge Betsen
                                                                                                            I Chiberta                    I Hossegor                   both its cuisine and beautiful salon. If you
spa is one of the best we've seen. The great                                                                I Arcangues                   I Makila                     want the panache and setting of a top hotel
man is often there and his spa is busy so ask                                                               I Chantaco                    I Biarritz Le Phare
                                                                                                                                                                       but also require a tranquil location, look no
us to book before you go.
                                                                                                                                                                       further than Chateau de Brindos. Delightful!
                                                                                                            Suggested itinerary                     From         To
The Onyx restaurant and its separate TV                                                                     Three nights’ b/b, golf at Arcangues,
brasserie provide tasty international cuisine in                                                            Biarritz Le Phare & Hossegor          £525          £595
                                                                                                                                                                       Courses within 30 minutes
                                                   Courses within 30 minutes                                                                                           I Chiberta               I Hossegor
a lively ambience.                                 I Chiberta                  I Hossegor                   Single room supplement per night          £29        £37   I Arcangues              I Makila
                                                   I Arcangues                 I Makila                                                                                I Chantaco               I Biarritz Le Phare
For modern comforts, 150 enormous bedrooms         I Chantaco                  I Biarritz Le Phare
and a nice “bright” feel to your holiday, the                                                                   J   F M A M J                 J A S O N D
Radisson offers real satisfaction … and good                                                                                                                           Suggested itinerary                 From         To
                                                   Suggested itinerary                   From         To                                                               Six nights’ b/b, golf at Arcangues,
food too!                                          Five nights’ b/b, golf at Biarritz Le Phare,                                                                        Chiberta, Seignosse & Hossegor      £1060      £1350
                                                   Seignosse, Chiberta, Moliets & Makila £719        £925                                                              Single room supplement per night      £52       £69
                                                   Single room supplement per night        £32        £64

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                                                       J   F M A M J               J A S O N D

                                                       French Golf Holidays bonuses
                                                       I One in ten free in low-season
                                                       I Free welcome drink
                                                       I Free room upgrade

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                                                   greens are huge. However, greedy tee-shots
   Moliets                                         pay a high penalty and the bunkers and
                                                                                                     CREME DE LA CREME                  18/36
                                                   contoured greens test your short game. Pretty
    Par 72. 6790 yards. Slope 133.
      European Top 100 course                      throughout, the best holes are probably the       Hossegor                                           greens and plenty of craftily-
                                                                                                                                                        placed trees and bunkers.
    I Home to the French PGA Training Academy      links where you can salvage or savage your
                                                                                                      Par 71. 6600 yards. Slope 134.
                                                   score. The clubhouse is impressive with food                                                         A favourite among golfing aficionados,
                                                                                                      I European Top 100
   One of the best Trent Jones’                    and a welcome to match. A long but easy            I Superb clubhouse atmosphere and food
                                                                                                                                                        Hossegor is an exclusive club but welcomes
   courses in Europe and well-                     walk. Wonderful. Thirty miles north of Biarritz    I Home club to Jean Van de Velde and the late     our clients with a smile. The lovely clubhouse
                                                                                                        President Mitterand                             also features the best golf restaurant in the
   maintained throughout the year.                 and eight miles north of Seignosse.
                                                                                                                                                        region. Hossegor is not long but does require
   The layout mixes parkland, links and woodland    French Golf Holidays bonuses                     A wonderful contrast to its more                   intelligent tee-shots and a good all-round
   and provides a fair and fine test with no        I One in four free Jan - Mar & Oct - Dec         modern neighbours, this is a classic
                                                    I One in eight free Apr - June & Sept
                                                                                                                                                        game - this is no grip it and rip it course! Very
   excuses.                                                                                          Tom Morrison parkland course with                  easy walking. 19 miles north of Biarritz and
   Most of the fairways are generous and the                                                         velvet smooth fairways, small                      four miles south of Seignosse.

   CREME DE LA CREME                  18/36
                                                                                                     CREME DE LA CREME
   Seignosse                                       generous and it’s not long off the forward tees
                                                   so if you can keep your concentration, there
    Par 72. 6741 yards. Slope 144.                 are plenty of pars to be had. However, too        Chiberta                                           Ocean views (and testing breezes) provide a
                                                                                                                                                        wonderful golf souvenir.
                                                   many players find the all-too-spectacular
    I European Top 100 course                                                                         Par 70. 6215 yards. Slope 125.
    I Stunning design by Robert von Hagge          hazards rather attractive.                                                                           On the links holes, it’s best to play bump-and-
                                                                                                      I European Top 100 course
    I GPS Buggies
                                                                                                      I Superb links
                                                                                                                                                        runs and place your drive on the correct side
                                                   Set out on quite hilly terrain just a couple of
                                                                                                      I Fabulous Atlantic Ocean views                   of the wide fairways. And on the woodland
   The front-runner of the courses in              miles inland from the Atlantic, the raised tees
                                                                                                                                                        holes, change your game to long drives and
                                                   offer wonderful views. And the course is          We think Chiberta is one of the
   south-west France, this is a Robert                                                                                                                  target approaches.
                                                   looking fresh as a daisy after landscaping and    most fun links courses in mainland
   von Hagge beauty!                                                                                                                                    Chiberta offers a warm welcome to our clients
                                                   buggy path work. The very good clubhouse
                                                                                                     Europe.                                            particularly mid-week. A top rate golf club.
   Beautifully contoured fairways weave through    offers a warm welcome and good food.
   pine, cork and oak trees to well-protected      23 miles north of Biarritz and four miles         This is golf at its most original and the subtle   Easy walking. Two miles north of Biarritz.
   multi-tiered greens. The fairways are quite     north of Hossegor.                                Tom Simpson layout and sensational Atlantic

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                                                         This is “big, modern” golf complete with all
Makila Bayonne                                           the hazards clearly on show so experienced
                                                         golfers should put a good score together and
 Par 72. 6717 yards. Slope 135.                                                                                PARKLAND
                                                         less accomplished ones can gather some
 I Good holiday golf
 I Beautiful clubhouse with panoramic views
                                                         Makila takes full advantage of the mature
                                                                                                               Arcangues                                         the memory, particularly the tough par threes.
                                                                                                                                                                 Quite hilly and very tough from the back so,
A very agreeable American-style                          oaks and the views of the Pyrenees round off           Par 72. 6334 yards. Slope 142.                   unless you're off single-figures and can hit it
course that is arguably the least                        the day nicely. Quite hilly but easy walking.                                                           with the ‘big boys’, our advice is to take
                                                                                                                I   Beautiful views of the Pyrenees
demanding and most Southern                              Five miles south-east of Biarritz and four miles       I   Fine clubhouse                               buggies, play off the forward tees and enjoy
European of the Biarritz layouts.                        from Arcangues.                                                                                         the views. Ideal holiday golf. Five miles south-
                                                                                                               Built by one of the grand families                east of Biarritz.
                                                                                                               of the region, Arcangues impresses
                                                                                                               from start to finish.                              French Golf Holidays bonus
                                                                                                                                                                  I   Free trolley hire
                                                                                                               The clubhouse sets the pace with great views
                                                                                                               and excellent food and all 18 holes linger in

                                                                                                                                                                 Designed by Harry Colt, the front
                                                                                                                                                                 nine is quite hilly and cuts through
                                                                                                                                                                 very beautiful woodland and the
                                                                                                                                                                 back nine makes for a flatter,
                                                                                                                                                                 water-orientated test.
                                                                                                                                                                 Short by modern standards, the landing zones
                                                                                                                                                                 are tight, the greens are quite small and there
PARKLAND                                                                                                       PARKLAND                                          are lots and lots of bunkers...This is a course
                                                                                                                                                                 for the thinking golfer or one who heads the
                                                         parkland course with devious
Biarritz Le Phare                                        fairways and small greens.
                                                                                                                                                                 sand-saves table! A members club with a fine
                                                                                                                                                                 sporting tradition, it is best to play here
 Par 69. 5942 yards. Slope 121.                                                                                                                                  midweek to catch it at its most welcoming.
                                                         With wind coming from the nearby Atlantic,
 I One of the oldest courses in mainland Europe                                                                                                                  Hilly in parts. Two miles south of Saint-Jean-
 I Perfectly located for your first or last day’s golf
                                                         Biarritz can certainly show its teeth and you'll
                                                                                                                                                                 de-Luz and eight miles south-west of Biarritz.
 I Adjacent to the Mercure Thalassa
 I Host to the prestigious Biarritz Trophy
                                                         need to have all the shots of a links player to
                                                         muster a good score. Surrounded by impressive
                                                                                                                                                                  French Golf Holidays bonus
                                                         villas, there's an easy-going holiday feel about       Par 70. 6416 yards. Slope 133.                    I   Free trolley hire
Laid out by Willie Dunn in 1888 for                      the place and the lovely clubhouse and staff           I Owned by the famous Lacoste sporting family
the aristocrats holidaying in                            are first-class. Very flat. Just outside the centre    I Designed by Harry Colt
                                                                                                                I Art-deco clubhouse
Biarritz, Le Phare is a lovely                           of the resort.

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