So how did the idea of the Hôtel Almanarre Plage d’Hyères start?
Thanks to a planetary alignment! Before opening the Almanarre Plage, my husband Pierre-Gilles Artayet and I had an eco-responsible camp site for about ten years. We wanted to launch a new accommodation project – we love having people to stay! – which would allow us to keep the eco-responsible identity which is our entrepreneurial DNA. We wanted something smaller, more “cosy” where we could be closer to our clients and increase our eco-responsible approach.
At the time, we would often go past the hotel which was called l’Hôtel Port-Hélène. We were attracted by its atypical art-deco style architecture, and its ideal location at the entrance to l’Almanarre. It stood like a lighthouse facing the sea. And each time, we were overwhelmed: “That little hotel has real charm!”.
And then, a few weeks after we had sold our camp-site – what a surprise! – we heard that the hotel was for sale. We just couldn’t believe it! It was exactly what we’d been dreaming of! A charming little hotel beside the sea, in this place we loved so much with a lot of work to be done on it!
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