Facing the Ocean, Villa Bel Air was built in 1875 and became guesthouse in 1911 under the leadership of Mr and Mrs Langla. The Langla couple and their team could not do enough for their guests, counting the musicians Jacques Thibaud and Maurice Ravel, among the most frequent.
Came the turn of their niece, who became owner. She continued to receive tourists, the Languereau family (author of Bécassine, see below) which reserved the rooms with balcony on the 1st floor at Easter time, from one year to the next.
In the family tradition and rich of many experiences, the son and his wife took the place. Together they orchestrated and beautified the Villa Bel Air for many years.
It is now the turn of the fourth generation, and they welcome you in this great Basque house, full of history.
Old St Jean de Luz
Saint Jean de Luz is an authentic city with a rich past. The marriage of Louis XIV with the Infanta Maria Theresa, daughter of King Philip IV of Spain, at St Jean Baptist Church in June 9 1660, was one of the major dates in the history of this city. Subsequently the many visits of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie leaded to important works, including breakwaters construction. Born from the Sea, Saint Jean de Luz was the Mecca of fishing, became through the centuries a seaside renown resort, which preserved its traditions.
We speak about us
They stayed at the Villa Bel Air, and are part of its history ....
A place conducive to writing.
Hotel Villa Bel Air welcomed the Languereau family, who fell under the spell of the Basque coast in 1924. They returned there until 1939 every year. Mr Languereau, the author of Becassine, used its free time to take up his pen and develop new stories.
Maurice Ravel, célèbre compositeur français du XXème siècle, séjournait à l'Hôtel Villa Bel Air durant ses vacances d'été. Grâce à l'accueil bienveillant de Mme Pees Ramirez, il pouvait profiter de la vue sur la baie et le port depuis sa chambre habituelle (à la minute 11 et 45 secondes de l'émission ci-contre). Il écrivit sur notre livre d'or en août 1930 : "Une fois encore, vous avez rendu mon séjour luzien délicieux. J'ai pour vos petits déjeuners de roi face à la mer, un amour immodéré. Longtemps cet hiver de retour à Paris, j'en garderai et l'image et le goût. Votre présence discrète et affectueuse a contribué pour beaucoup au repos de mon âme comme à celui de mon corps. Soyez en remerciée." (passage à 1heure 41 minutes et 10 secondes de l'émission ci-contre).