The top hotels on the Atlantic Ocean in France’s Basque coast.

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Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

There's a lot to love about Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa: the sophisticated rooms with 46-inch flat-screen TVs and Nespresso coffeemakers, the fine-dining restaurant, the chic bar and lounge, the 24-hour room service. But the finishing touch here is the location directly along the beach, providing views from every vantage point from the bedroom windows to the terrace to the luxe indoor thalassotherapy spa. Some of the spa's 20 treatment rooms even have private spa baths that look right out onto the beach, and guests can access the sand directly from the spa's backdoor. 

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Hotel du Palais

Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Hotel du Palais is a luxury hotel with a prime oceanfront location on Grand Plage beach, a short walk from dining, shopping, and Casino Barriere. The hotel is situated in central Biarritz, overlooking the Bay of Biscay, and takes advantage of its beachfront location with many rooms and public spaces offering views of the ocean and sunset. All 153 rooms come with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs with satellite and premium channels and pay-per-view movies. Windows are quite large, so rooms get ample natural light, and windows also open too allow in fresh air. The best rooms feature ocean views.

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Sofitel Biarritz Le Miramar Thalassa sea & spa

Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Sofitel Biarritz Le Miramar Thalassa Sea & Spa is a modern four-pearl beachfront hotel within a short walk of the restaurants, shops, and casino in central Biarritz. Leisure facilities are a big draw here: the hotel has a seasonal beachfront pool plus an indoor pool, and there's a thalassotherapy spa, sauna, steam room, hot tub, and fitness center. The restaurants specialize in Basque cuisine. The 126 well-appointed rooms have a polished, almost corporate look. All come with minibars, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and balconies or terraces. Some feature ocean views.

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Hotel Cafe de Paris

Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

When the SS Normandie was launched in 1935, she was not only the largest, fastest passenger ship of her time, she was considered to be the most fashionable as well, thanks to an Art Deco interior that was widely admired. It provided the inspiration for this hotel’s decor, particularly in the restaurant where rich wood paneling, metal grillwork in a geometric pattern, elongated wall sconces, and chandeliers that copy the Normandie’s originals evoke a bygone era. Here, as throughout the hotel, windows accentuate the ocean views (the hotel has a central location above the beach on Place Bellevue) -- and the fact that this is the only place in Biarritz to offer them from every guest room is enough to lure many travelers.