It seems obvious that a hotel is going to be out of the ordinary when it was once the residence of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie. Lovers of historic luxury return here year after year for the palace's timeless elegance, which can be seen from the tasteful lobby to the refined bedrooms and suites. The outdoor saltwater swimming pool blends into the adjacent Grande Plage ("big beach"), while a Roman-style indoor pool makes the five-floor Imperial Spa an oasis unto itself. Taking diners on a journey into the culinary pleasures of the Belle Époque era, La Rotonde features a magnificent setting, sea views and sophisticated Basque cuisine. In a day and age when haute hotels are warring to see which can make the most of minimalist luxury, Hôtel du Palais keeps on doing what it does best: indulging with a classic decadence that never goes out of style.
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