St Malo Honeymoon Travel Guide

With its picture-perfect quaint old town, golden-sand beaches and good choice of bars, restaurants and hotels, St Malo offers all the ingredients you need for a memorable seaside honeymoon in France (or as a stopover en route to the UK).


St Malo, France
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Introducing St Malo

In St Malo, experience one of Brittany's premier holiday resorts. St Malo enjoys a magnificent location atop a granite rock that juts out into the English Channel (known as La Manche in French).

What to do and see in St Malo

Explore a maze of narrow cobblestone streets in the medieval old town lined with beautifully reconstructed 17th and 18th century style buildings; around 80 per cent of the old town was destroyed in the battle to drive German forces from the town during World War II.

Enjoy panoramic views overlooking the town, bay and offshore islets from the top of the 1.8km-long ramparts that consist of 6m-thick walls and date from the 14th century.

Admire the Cathédrale St Vincent, constructed in the Plantagenet style, with a Renaissance façade, 1160-nave vault and 14th century choir with pointed arches flanked by chapels.

Learn more about this medieval fishing town, once notorious for its pirates, at the fascinating Musée de l'Histoire de St Malo.

Check out the Grand Aquarium, a favourite for children and adults alike with its display of marine life including piranhas, sharks and giant turtles.

At low tide, take a 15-minute stroll across the beach via the Porte des Bés to the rocky islet of Île du Grande Bé, where the 18th century writer Chateaubriand was buried.

Where to stay

St Malo offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, including the following hotels…

Hôtel Le Nouveau MondeHôtel Le Nouveau Monde
Location: St Malo
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD396 per room
Description: This beachfront hotel is just a 5-minute walk to the historic center of Saint-Malo. It features a restaurant with sea views and a spa with an indoor swimming pool, hammam (public bath) and beauty treatments. The spacious guest rooms at Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde are decorated in a contemporary style and have views of the town or the sea. Free Wi-Fi access and satellite TV are provided in each soundproof room. A daily breakfast may be enjoyed in the restaurant or in the guest rooms. The restaurant serves international cuisine, and guests can also admire views of Saint Malo Bay with a drink from the bar. Le Mont-Saint-Michel is 54.7 km from Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde. Ferry connections to Portsmouth and Weymouth are available from Saint-Malo port, 2.4 km away.

Grand Hôtel Des ThermesGrand Hôtel Des Thermes
Location: St Malo
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD240 per room
Description: On the beachfront, this Belle Époque-style hotel features a spa and an indoor swimming pool. It offers refined guest rooms, some with a balcony and sea views. All guest rooms come with a minibar and internet access. Some stylish guest rooms include a lounge and offer views of the city. The Cap Horn restaurant at Grand Hôtel Des Thermes serves gourmet cuisine and offers views of the sea. Guests can enjoy cocktails or even a pastry mid-afternoon at La Passerelle bar. A continental breakfast is served every morning. Grand Hôtel Des Thermes also features a fitness center, an Aquatonic® pool and services with a Thalassotherapy center. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Saint-Malo Train Station is one kilometer from the hotel and private parking is available on site.

Oceania Saint MaloOceania Saint Malo
Location: St Malo
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD216 per room
Description: The Oceania Saint Malo hotel faces the sea and is located on Chaussée du Sillon, opposite Sillon Beach. It offers luxurious rooms and guests have free access to the outdoor hot tub. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and present parquet flooring and wenge furniture. They include flat-screen TV, free WiFi and a spacious bathroom. The terrace has a panoramic sea view. The open-air hot tub is located on the patio near the vegetable patch. The modern fitness room includes the latest exercise equipment. The lounge bar in the Oceania Saint Malo offers a variety of cocktails and drinks and can accommodate private cocktail parties. It also offers a dining menu for evening meals. Breakfast is served daily. The Oceania is 1.5 km from the Saint-Malo Train Station and 7 km from the airport. On-site parking is available. English, Spanish, German and French are spoken at reception.

La Maison des ArmateursLa Maison des Armateurs
Location: St Malo
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD142 per room
Description: In the historic center of Saint-Malo, this 4-star hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the cathedral. It provides free Wi-Fi access, an on-site bar, and daily newspapers are available. The rooms at La Maison des Armateurs have a minibar and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each one is air-conditioned and also includes a wardrobe and a private bathroom with free toiletries. In the hotel’s breakfast room, a continental and American-style breakfast is available every morning. You can also request breakfast in the comfort of your guest room. A 24-hour front desk with luggage storage is just one of the other facilities in this hotel. Pleurtuit Airport is 12.9 km from the property and Saint-Malo Train Station is half a kilometer away. Intra Muros is a great choice for travelers interested in food, restaurants and history.

Hôtel et Appart’hôtel L'AdresseHôtel et Appart’hôtel L'Adresse
Location: St Malo
Rating: 4-star
Ave nightly price: AUD139 per room
Description: L’Adresse offers self-catering accommodation located 30 m from Sillon Beach and 300 m from Saint-Malo town centre. The rooms are all air-conditioned and have free Wi-Fi connection, and guests have access to the on-site fitness centre. All rooms have an equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available in the breakfast room. You will find a choice of restaurants and shops within a 5-minute walk from the property. Private parking is possible on site at an extra charge.

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Best time to honeymoon in St Malo

The best months to visit St Malo are between May and September when temperatures average 23°C (73°F). July and August are the hottest months, when temperatures can soar beyond 30°C (86°F).

Getting there

St Malo is located on the northeast coast of Brittany, around 14km from Dinard, 69km from Rennes and 414km west of Paris.

By high-speed TGV trains, St Malo is just three hours from Paris' Gare Montparnasse and one hour from Rennes. By boat, St Malo is a short hop from the UK, with a frequent summer service operating to and from Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth via the islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

Latest update St Malo honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017

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