Dinard has many nicknames, most notably the “Brighton of Bretagne” (due to a royal, largely British, clientele in the 19th century) and the “Cannes of the North,” thanks to the big names who have been coming here since the 1920s. Built in 1858, the Grand Hotel Barrière is all about celebrating this seaside enclave. Its location is stunning, looking across the bay towards the fortified city of St. Malo. Coastal elegance inspired the sumptuous interiors done by French star designer, Jacques Garcia who managed to merge the opulence of the building’s Second Empire façade with true 21st-century comforts. For lunchtime, many guests and locals flock to the hotel’s 333 Café, which serves up light dishes on a terrace with stunning sea views.