Located in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France, the resort town of Canet-en-Roussillon is perfectly placed for enjoying both the sun-kissed Côte d’Azur and the region’s verdant, tranquil countryside. A short hop from the picture-perfect French city of Perpignan – described by Salvador Dali as the Centre of the Universe – and within easy reach of the Spanish border, it’s also the ideal base for embarking on day trips and excursions.
There are several accommodation options in Canet-en-Roussillon, from no-frills camp sites, to expansive self-catering resorts, to the very pinnacle in opulent living, ensuring every budget and taste is catered for. If you’re planning a trip to this delightful corner of France, we’ve come up with our pick of three exceptional places to stay.
FROM €1,946/ WEEK
This converted former vineyard is a regular presence on lists of the best luxury family-friendly resorts in France. Owned and operated by a friendly and knowledgeable British couple, the resort prides itself on offering the kind of personalised service that you’ll struggle to find in traditional hotels or self-catering apartments. Set inland amid beautiful countryside, it features six modern and stylish apartments equipped with kitchens and a range of everyday essentials designed to make family holidays a doddle. For kids there are two heated pools, trampolines, swings and a zip wire, along with a 4-hole putting green, boules court, table tennis and table football. Adult recreation is available in the shape of a gym and studio, and a self-service bar with landscaped terrace. Other perks included in the price of your stay are dinners for three days a week, one night’s babysitting, one massage session, kids’ film evenings, and concierge services. The coastal delights of Canet-en-Roussillon town, including its 9km of pristine beach, are a 10-minute drive away.
FROM €518/ WEEK
Perched directly on the seafront, this 4-star hotel from the well-regarded Best Western brand is ideally positioned for visitors keen to spend plenty of time on Canet-en-Rousillon’s sandy shores. Stylishly decorated guest rooms are air-conditioned to stave off those sweltering summer temperatures and come with a flat-screen TV, safe boxes, anti-stress pillows, tea-making facilities, and wide balconies offering picturesque sea or lake views. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s a cosy bar area where guests can relax and unwind, a meeting lounge, an open-air gymnasium on the promenade outside, and 24-hour reception. There’s also a mini-golf course in front of the hotel. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the property and parking is available on the street outside. A number of bars and restaurants are easily reachable on foot.
FROM €392/ WEEK
Also a few steps from the beach, this 3-star hotel features 28 guest rooms, a heated swimming pool, a popular restaurant serving authentic locally sourced dishes, and a separate bar and shaded terrace. Rooms are designed in simple but stylish décor and are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. Some also have their own balcony where guests can enjoy some fresh air and pleasing views of the town. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools and buffet breakfasts are served each morning for an extra charge. Another major perk is that the hotel has partnered with a local Thalassotherapy centre a short walk away, where guests can relax in saunas and steam baths, or indulge in fitness, beauty or slimming treatments.