The first thing to strike you about Les Bords de Mer will be its stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea, stretching as far as the eye can see.
It is one of the most gorgeous views in all of Marseilles and the light is unlike anywhere else in the world.
There is the sense of getting away from it all, a breath of fresh air and new lease on life, an invitation to travel and an exciting destination: Marseilles.
The location of the hotel is a special one, located at the heart of this city founded by the Phoenicians: it is built directly on the sea, feet already in the water, at the end of the Catalans beach and in front of the Cercle des Nageurs building. As it's centrally located the Old Port is just five minutes away on foot, with the first calanques 20 minutes away.
The rooms face outwards towards the sea but that's not all: the restaurant, bar, heated rooftop swimming pool, spa, fitness room and seaside café all open up onto the sea.
When staying at Les Bords de Mer there is the sense of having one foot in the surf and the other in the city centre. It’s breakfast in the Vallons des Auffes, a visit to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisation and a boat trip to the Frioul archipelago. It's about not being able to tell where the sea ends and the sky starts, watching the sailing ships enter and leave the port and wondering where they've come from and where they're headed, it's dreams, chance meetings and experiences which have come to define Marseilles's identity.
Rooms with a view
Les Bords de Mer offers 19 rooms, each opening out onto the Mediterranean Sea. The decorations selected use a pastel colour scheme and natural wood to harken back to the golden age of the 50s, with contemporary touches, and all the while never losing sight of the permanence of the vast sea before them.
Food and drink
Les Bords de Mer is also home to a restaurant which offers a lively, healthy, modern, tangy, varied seafood-based menu. It is located right at the water level and during springtime tables are set out along its terrace rooftop. The fifty tables in the main dining room with its bay windows and the terrace all provide a stunning view of the sea, the Château d'If and the Frioul archipelago.
The spa and well-being
Les Bords de Mer is also about listening to your body's needs and taking care of yourself: there is the fitness room and a mineral spa - made entirely out of honey- and sand-coloured stone - which is the first in the region to follow REN Clean Skincare protocols. There are treatment and massage rooms as well as a sauna, hammam and indoor heated pool…
At Les Bords de Mer there's the sea on the one side and the city on the other, both filled with dreams, chance encounters and experiences which have come to make up Marseilles's identity
"With the Mucem, Frac Paca, the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Belle Friche de Mai nearby there is always something happening on the Marseilles contemporary art scene for you to discover."
"The hotel has a boat available for hire for bespoke outings in the Mediterranean Sea and visits to the Frioul archipelago, the local calanques, Cassis and more."
"From the remains of the ancient Phoenician city to the Le Panier neighbourhood and Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse, Les Bords de Mer is located within walking distances of most of the areas contributing to Marseilles's cultural make-up".
"The iconic images of the Marseilles coast, calanques are limestone cliffs jutting out into the transparent sea and covered in pine trees and seaside natural trails. The Calanques National Park is also close by."
"L'Estaque is easy to reach via shuttle from the Old Port for those wishing to walk in the shoes of Cézanne, Braque, Derain and Dufy and admire the Gulf of Marseilles from Corbières Beach."
"Fancy a day trip to the perched villages of the Luberon? We offer tours taking in villages such as Lourmarin, Cucuron and Ansouis with lunch or dinner in our restaurants in Domaine de Fontenille. These tours also involve wine tasting in vineyards, wine making courses, guided visits to our underground wine cellars and trips to Aix-en-Provence."
"Motorists can easily drive the length of the corniche Kennedy from Les Bords de Mer to reach Prado Beach, a journey offering breath-taking views of Marseilles, the Frioul archipelago and the villas originally belonging to the rich and famous of the 19th century."