If you want to catch a few rays while nibbling on a platter of shellfish, there are terraces and then there are terraces. The one at this legendary hotel-restaurant from the 1930s, which was taken over by the Téchoueyres and given a new look by Starck, is a veritable smack to the face: located right on the dune, it has stunning views of the Banc d’Arguin and Ferret, plus an infinity pool… Plenty to help you enjoy the moment while savoring the pricey oysters: n°3 from Bidart (€28 for a dozen), Gillardeau spéciale n°4 (€40), etc. And don’t forget that there’s also a bold dinner menu (€68): beautiful meager ceviche titillated with ginger and Granny Smith apple, served with crisp vegetables and wild asparagus; a simple and beautiful sole meunière with olive oil mashed potatoes; before a delightful cacao, caramel and peanut shortbread tart. To drink, there’s G, a Bordeaux white from the Château Guiraud (€8 a glass), Fleur d’Erables, a Coteaux-du-Layon from Les Sablonnettes (€35 a bottle) or Cheval Blanc 2004 if you want to blow up the bill (€900). Platters €40-85 per person, à la carte €30-43 (weekday lunch), menu €63-68 (dinner and weekends). // D.N.