Updated on 17 May 2021
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Deauville was famously where A man and a woman was filmed, and it’s all still there, the glamorous boutiques, chic restaurants and stunning sunsets. Here are a few ideas for romantic weekend for two in this upmarket Normandy seaside resort.
Pretend you’re in a rom com on the boardwalk
Claude Lelouche directed his iconic romantic comedy A man and a woman from the Hôtel Normandy, just a stone’s throw from Deauville’s Boardwalk (Les Planches in French). Is billing-and-cooing your thing? Why not pop over to the four-star hôtel, the Manoirs de Tourgeville, which Lelouche just so happened to own! If you’re a cinema buff, there’s also the Deauville American Film Festivalwhen each September the red carpet is rolled out for the shining stars of the moment to launch their films!
Indulge in some R&R
Enjoy a romantic weekend – or perhaps a babymoon in Deauville, and indulge in a bit of pampering, either at the Algotherm Thalasso Centre, or the Esprit de Spa by M, where you can enjoy a massage for two or some sea water therapy. Several hotels like the Almoria or the Augeval have heated swimming pools and offer spa treatments, while the Pompeiian baths and Art Deco changing cabins on Deauville’s seafront are well worth visiting too. On hot summer days, relax under one of the many multi-coloured parasols for which Deauville is famed.
Get the Star treatment at a Michelin-starred restaurant
For an exceptional candlelight dinner, Deauville boasts a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants:
- L’Essentiel: Boasting one Michelin star, Mi-Ra and Charles Thuillant marry talent with traditional French cuisine and Asian flavours. Foie gras and miso, flank steak with wagyu and samsang, turron and pistachio ice cream… this Franco-Korean couple excel in delivering delicious dishes.
- Maximin Helio: With one Michelin star and three toques in the Gault & Millau guide, Chef Maximin Helio is driven by creativity and passion, and will seduce any foodie in search of excellent cuisine. Watch his staff at work in the kitchen while you choose from a menu that is dedicated to fresh, seasonal produce.
Whisk them off their feet at Les Franciscaines
Do you have a shared passion for art in its different forms? Take your squeeze to Les Franciscaines, Deauville’s newest cultural hub. As its name suggests, this beautiful building was once home to the Franciscan order and has been entirely restored to house a museum, auditorium and media library as well as works by André Hambourg, who donated over 500 paintings to the town. The building will also be prestigious temporary exhibitions, art workshops, an Easter festival, the annual Planche(s) Contact photography festival and, in August, a classical music festival. It’s the perfect place for a cultural date!
Quai de l’impératrice Eugénie, 14800 Deauville