If you’re looking for peace and quiet in a truly serene setting, there’s no place like Porquerolles Island. Located off the south of France, this member of the Golden Islands archipelago is like heaven on Earth — a true feast for the senses and the last word in relaxation.
What makes Porquerolles Island so unique? The bountiful nature is allowed to grow lush and wild, uninhibited by man. Strict environmental protection laws guard and preserve the natural beauty of the sun-drenched beaches and rich green jungles. No cars are allowed on the island; people are not even allowed to smoke outdoors! To get anywhere, you must either walk or ride a bike. But this is no great hardship in such a stunning locale. The nature walks let you truly experience the peace and serenity of Porquerelles Island.
Even the trip to the island is an experience: you hop on a ferry and zip across the azure blue waters to a white-sand beach. Lucky visitors can stay at the quiet and sedate hotels. They can swim, stroll through the forests, sip cocktails at swanky outdoor cafes, or simply luxuriate in the beauty surrounding them.
After a day hiking, swimming and bicycling around the island, you can relax at the mas du Langoustier, the only 4-star hotel on the island. Situated in the western part of the island, a 40mn walk from the town, le Mas du Langoustier is an exceptional place to stay. A sanctuary of gastronomy hidden between pines and eucalyptus trees. The finest and most delicate dishes will be served with the “Domaine de l’île” wines from the Island, with the choice of red, white or “rose”.
Fifty refurbished and comfortable high standard rooms. A Provençal residence, full of antique furniture.
Beaches along each side of the property: ‘La plage blanche’ (the white beach, named after the white sands) and ‘La plage noire’ (the black beach, named after the black sands). A discovery at the end of an island, an encounter at the end of the world. You would think that the tropics had made a detour through this peaceful and beautiful place.
With roughly 80% of the island designated as an environmental preserve, Porquerelles is a rare and wonderful place to relax and recuperate, before returning to the hustle and bustle of the outside world.