Types of holiday accommodation available in France

A holiday in France has much to recommend it but nothing more so than the huge range of accommodation options. 

If you want total luxury and convenience (and don’t mind paying for it) then a hotel is probably for you. If, on the other hand, you want maximum entertainment at minimum cost, then a tent or mobile home on a campsite will provide the perfect solution.

Personally we prefer to get away from it all and have loads of privacy in a gite, where we can come and go as we please.  Bear in mind that standards vary considerably from extreme luxury (with a price tag to match!) to more basic rustic holiday homes. So ensure to check that the property you are booking will meet your requirements.

Find more information on accommodation types in France:

Hotels: Advice on convenient hotels for overnight stops, hotels in Paris and hotel booking services.

Gites: A huge range of rental agencies, private gites and inside information on our favourites.

Campsites: See the best sites we have stayed on and details on many others.

Chambres D’Hotes: Some of our most memorable experiences have been in family homes – check the best here.


Focus on Pierre & Vacances

Pierre & Vacances is the largest provider of self-catering accommodation in France, with more than 40,000 apartments in over 200 resorts from Brittany to Biarritz, Calais to the Cote d’Azur and from Normandy to Nice.

Whatever French family holiday you have in mind, Pierre & Vacances will have a property to suit! Choose from beach apartments with swimming pools, multi-activity resorts with free kids clubs, ski apartments, hotels on golf courses, or luxury aparthotels in Paris and Disneyland.  Browse now to save on your vacation!


Here’s a taste of Pierre & Vacances’ different types of accommodation:

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Villages: A Pierre & Vacances Holiday village is a perfect destination for families. Located by the sea or in the countryside, there’s a wide range of accommodation available. Holiday resorts also offer fantastic swimming pools and a huge choice of activities including golf, tennis, sailing, archery. There are also restaurants, shops and entertainment on site. And children’s clubs are free!

Summer holidays: Pierre & Vacances has accommodation in all the popular sun spots in France. Choose from apartments with balconies to villas with gardens. Most of their accommodation has access to fantastic swimming pools. Fancy something different? We have some great apartments in Spain, French Caribbean and Tunisia.

Ski accommodation: Pierre & Vacances is number one for self-catering ski accommodation in France with over 100 residences in 40 French resorts. This includes Pierre & Vacances Premium residences with luxury extras such as in-house chefs, spa treatments and heated indoor pools, steam rooms and Jacuzzis. We have accommodation in the most central locations in all the popular resorts including Val D’Isere, Meribel, Couchevel and Avoriaz .

Short breaks: Looking for a city break? Pierre & Vacances has just under 30 Adagio city aparthotels all over Europe, including Paris and Eurodisney.

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