Is the west coast on the rise? It certainly looks that way as Normandy and Brittany line up new establishments. In keeping with this spirit, the lively Vendée and its unspoiled islands are also inaugurating their first hotel from the now-referenced chain, Domaines de Fontenilles. Located in Yeu, the Hautes Mers offers a shot of iodine and the inevitably wild beauty of a restricted access spot, that no bridge would risk damaging. With its nautical decor, 17 rooms, heated swimming pool, and strong maritime accent in the cuisine (can it be otherwise), this destination, hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by golden sand, is blessed with an unfiltered light rarely found in the heat of the South. Finally, its bar, a 15-minute walk away, allows you to go out for a drink in the heart of the adjacent village.