New upmarket resort opens in Normandy, France

A new upmarket property opened its doors Sept. 15 in Normandy, France, just a few kilometers from Honfleur and Deauville and 1.5 hours from Paris.

Grande Suite sleeping area
Le Domaine d’Ablon offers guests accommodations that include what proprietors call “idyllic and cultural breaks in the heart of the Normandy countryside … an intimate world between land and sea, where [guests] are free to discover a vibrant landscape and a unique natural heritage.”

The property offers luxurious villas designed to create “[A] subtle atmosphere for the feeling of a family home with muted luxury, in perfect harmony with the style and traditions of Normandy,” according to the property’s statement announcing its opening. All rooms have luxury finishes. Baths are stocked with robes, high-end amenities from Bvlgari, and equipped with one of my favorite luxuries when traveling in Europe: heated towel racks.

To help ensure that guests enjoy a tranquil visit, the villas are surrounded by more than 12 acres of parkland and gardens, including an herb garden and a grove of famous Normandy apples.

Grande Suite bath
Le Domaine d’Ablon offers the upmarket services one would expect from a luxury hotel, including room service, porters, personalized concierge service and a personal chef. The property also offers a wide range of activities ranging from simply walking and exploring to courses in cooking or painting, or tours of locations that symbolize Normandy.

Despite the resort’s refined elegance and upscale indulgences including fine dining and bespoke services, rates seem reasonable for such an upscale property.

One of the many on-site gardens
For example, the luxury villa "La petite Chaumière," a two-bedroom villa measuring 140 square meters or about 1,500 square feet and which includes a private garden rents for €650 per day during high season, as does the entire floor of “La Grange,” which is also approximately 1,500 square feet. Smaller accommodations, including the 50 square meter (540 square foot) small suite, are available at rates as low as €350 per day.

The property offers accommodations to singles and couples as well as families and groups of friends “for a weekend or a longer stay in Normandy.” More details are available on the resort’s web site.  Take a virtual tour of the property by visiting the portfolio of photographs that is available here.

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Photos by Stephane Leroy, provided by le Domaine d’Ablon
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