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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

This Relais & Chateaux hotel is just made for lovers of contemporary architecture, superb food and fine wine.

Located on the right bank of the Garonne River – on a peaceful, vine-clad hill with views over Bordeaux – it owes its industrial-chic design to architect Jean Nouvel.

Covered in rusted metal latticework, the building evokes the region’s tobacco barns, and is trimmed with verdant gardens and a minimalist swimming pool.

Each luxurious room has its own personality, with contemporary art and design quirks – one has a Harley Davidson parked in the middle of it.

Le Saint James is a delicious rural idyll in France’s biggest wine region – topped off by a Michelin-starred restaurant, with a chef who runs a cooking school here.

But you will need a car – the city itself is 9km away, and world-class wineries are all around the region.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Wine City

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[6.5 miles]

A museum dedicated to the history of wine and its relationship with Bordeaux, housed in a spectacular modern architectural jewel.

Best for ages: 18+ | £18

Bordeaux Wine Region

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[10.5 miles]

France’s premier wine-growing region is home to over 8,500 wineries (or chateaux) producing some 800 million bottles a year, 89 percent of which are red wines, including the legendary Grands Crus or ‘First Growths’ of the Medoc.

Best for ages: 18+ | £40

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Close up of a table of bric-a-brac, with market faded behind

Saint-Michel Flea Market

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[5.3 miles]

Bordeaux’s hip multicultural district, in the shadow of the great Gothic spire of St-Michel, is the place to be on a Saturday morning, when this lively, atmospheric flea market takes over Place Meynard and Place Canteloup.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Exterior view of a warehouse building with pointed roofs

Darwin Eco-System

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[5.9 miles]

An army barracks on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, abandoned in 2015, has become a laboratory for the future, where everything is organic, recycled, sustainable and green, with special events, sports, street art, food, and more.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Exterior of a beautiful building

National Customs Museum

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[6 miles]

This museum is the only one of its kind in France: exhibits cover the history of customs and taxes, including smugglers and counterfeiters. The bizarre mix of fascinating curiosities – including maps, musical instruments and opium pipes – date back to the 18th century.

Best for ages: 13+ | £3

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A statue of a figure reclining

Aquitaine Museum

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[6.1 miles]

This compelling history museum is home to over 1.3 million artefacts that document the history of Bordeaux and the entire Aquitaine region, from prehistory (including Paleolithic Art and the Lascaux Cave) to the modern day.

Best for ages: 18+ | £4

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Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

A vintage wine and culture destination with delicious tastings, grand architecture, gourmet restaurants and a glorious coastline. 

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