Take a shopping basket and go to the market, then hand your conquests to the chef who will prepare them for you.
Internationally, Île de Ré may not have the same glitz that the south of France attracts, but that's just fine, as they have the same amount of sun. For those that prefer fresh fish and local art to celebrity traffic jams, Île de Ré may be exactly what you're after.
L'Hôtel de Toiras sits in the island's main town, Saint Martin de Ré, and is easy to find due to Gabaret's Tower, a 2008 addition to the hotel. Each of the nine suites and 11 rooms is individually designed; pinks, greens, claw foot baths, and cozy beds are just a few samples from the plethora of endearing features that vary from room to room.
Head out fishing for sea bass, or take one of the hotel's baskets to market. Pick up anything that sparks your creative spirit, and bring it back for the hotel's chef to transform into a custom-made meal of local fare.
Tour the island by bike, helicopter, or horseback. Adventurers will find local wine producers, artisans, dramatic coast, and the island's famous salt fields. Return at sunset to the bar, and laugh about the day's events over local cognac.