Hôtel Chais Monnet. Photo: Albane Photographe

A selection of the best hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés in the region

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HOTELS

Hôtel Chais Monnet

This superb five-star hotel in Cognac checks all the boxes: cutting-edge design, dreamy spa, delicious dining, and insightful staff who can arrange all manner of excursions in the region. Don’t miss the in-room breakfast served in a leather malle de voyage, custom made by fine artisans. www.chaismonnethotel.com

Château de Curzay

A member of Relais & Châteaux, this four-star hotel at Curzay-sur-Vonne occupies an 18th-century château in 120 hectares of parkland. www.chateau-curzay.fr

Château de Curzay

Château de Dissay

Housed in a 15th-century château between Poitiers and Châtellerault, this new five-star hotel offers 33 guest rooms, a swimming pool, spa, brasserie and gastronomic restaurant. www.chateaudedissay.com

Domaine des Étangs

This 11th-century château in Massignac is home to a stunning five-star hotel. Make a beeline for the Dyades restaurant, overseen by Michelin-star chef Loïc Lecoin. www.domainedesetangs.com

Clos Saint-Martin

Beautifully grounded in its Saint-Martin-de-Ré setting, this hotel exudes the spirit of the Île de Ré with a calm, casual elegance. www.le-clos-saint-martin.com

The Clos Saint-Martin

Alexandra Palace

The Younan Collection is set to open a new hotel in a 17th-century château next to the landmark 18-hole golf course Golf du Petit Chêne, at Mazières-en-Gâtine. www.younancollection.com

Hôtel Mercure Poitiers Centre

In a convenient city-centre location near the main railway station, this four-star hotel occupies a former Jesuit chapel and is distinguished by archways, stained glass and beautiful architectural details. www.accorhotels.com

RESTAURANTS

Les Archives

Enjoy typically French fine dining in the unique setting of an old chapel in Poitiers. The kitchens giving onto the dining room and the vaulted cellars visible beneath your feet complete this unusual restaurant experience. www.lesarchives.fr

Domaine du Chatelard

Just a ten-minute drive from Angoulême, this country house hotel at Dirac gets rave reviews for its locally-inspired menu, and not just because the meals are served in such a beautiful lakeside setting. Hotel rooms are available for those who wish to explore the wine list. www.domaineduchatelard.com

Chef Christopher Coutanceau at his eponymous restaurant in La Rochelle

Christopher Coutanceau

Something of a gastronomic reference in the Poitou-Charentes area, this Michelin two-starred restaurant in La Rochelle is a member of Relais & Châteaux and the Grandes Tables du Monde. As a cuisinier-pêcheur, Christopher Coutanceau’s menus are naturally based on the fruits of the sea. www.coutanceaularochelle.com

Chez Joséphine

Hôtel Napoléon is the only hotel on Île d’Aix, and its terraced restaurant is a popular table for lunch and dinner. So, this is one exile you won’t want to escape from, and where it’s very much a case of “Yes tonight, Joséphine.” www.hotel-ile-aix.com

From France Today magazine

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