Provence Travel

Degaby Island Escape

April 16, 2015

As the spring earth warms, I am dreaming of escaping to the rugged, beautiful private Island of Degaby. It feels so far away, so enchanted and mystical with its rich diverse history, yet it’s just minutes away from civilization from the Vieux Port in Marseille.

Louis XIV had built a small Fort (completed 1703), referred to as “Fort de Tourville” in honor of Admiral Anne Hilarion of Chouhan of Tourville (1642-1701). Military quickly abandoned it and the island became a private property. It was purchased in 2001 by a promoter for private events. Such an amazing venue idea for a luxe event. Known as “l’île-fortin Degaby” locally, you can only access the island by reservation for special event bookings, or as guest of the chic C2 Hotel in Marseille.

The C2 is a trendy, haute de gamme hotel, bar and spa in Marseille that opened in the spring of 2014. It is located on the Cours Pierre Puget, in the heart of Marseille, bearing the initials of its architect founders, Claire Fatosme and Christian Lefevre.  This “hotel particulier” dates from the end of the 19th century and is full of architectural character and a rich history itself, having been home to the same Marseille family for almost a century. I always love that classic gorgeous mix of 19th century architecture and modern amenities, this boutique hotel has  just 20 rooms. But what really caught my eye was that as a guest you can access the private beach by hotel ferry accompanied with a 5-star picnic for the day. What a perfect escape!

The divine C2 bar is on the ground level, hosts regular DJs and features stunning lights by Ingo Maurer in steel, paper and gold leaf that provide a warm light. A great place to start your evening, whether as a guest or visitor.


The C2’s private beach is located on Degaby Island in Marseille’s harbour, 200 meters from the tiny Port of Malmousque. In summer, the hotel’s guests are invited to make the short trip aboard the hotel’s specially-chartered boat from the Vieux Port.

Who’s ready to jump aboard?

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