The C2's private beach is located on Degaby Island in Marseille's harbour, 200 m from the tiny port of malmousque.

In summer, weather permitting, the hotel's guests are invited to take their picnic baskets and make the short trip aboard the hotel's specially-chartered boat from the Vieux Port.

The few minutes at sea turn into an adventure as the island approaches: 1000 square metres of bleached rock, the high walls of a Vaubandesigned fort and the magnificent views of Marseille from the sea, with the ridge line of the Massif des Calanques and the outline of the Ile Maïre.

Such a short journey to such a far-away land: you would never have imagined it. Everything is provided for your comfort including sunbeds and refreshments.

But don't expect to find a crowded, noisy beach: a sun deck with access to the sea via a ladder, masks and snorkels to watch the fish swim past: the simple joys of life.

Booking the C2 BEACH package - from 530 € in a Superior double room - subject to availability and by reservation.