Hôtel Atalante Relais Thalasso & Spa
What We Love
- A tranquil island stay off France's western coast, near La Rochelle, with Thalasso spa perks Being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves crashing on the shore
- Hiring a bike from the hotel to roam the quiet roads and explore the island
- Dining in the Michelin-listed restaurant after a restorative thalassotherapy treatment
What To Know
- The spa has a sauna, hammam and heated saltwater pool
- The hotel is set on France's Atlantic coast
- Guestrooms have balconies overlooking the sea and vineyards
- Shuttle service is available to the airport and train station for easy access
Peace, quiet and relaxation is guaranteed at Hôtel Atalante Relais Thalasso & Spa, an away-from-it-all retreat on Île de Ré – which lies just off France’s Atlantic coast. If you’re looking for a huge swathe of beach, windswept walks and the restorative powers of a seawater pool, then you’ve come to the right place. On arrival, take a deep breath and you’ll soon feel the ozone working its magic. The hotel is housed in a series of pretty white, red-roofed buildings positioned between a large, empty expanse of beach and acres of vineyards.
Take a subterranean tunnel and you’ll reach Espace Hydromarin, complete with an indoor heated pool and thalassotherapy treatments. The hotel restaurant boasts two forks in the Michelin Guide for its classic French cuisine. Work off your lunch by hiring a bicycle from reception to explore the island and nip into the neighbouring town of Saint Marie for an authentic taste of French life.
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Nice location by the beach but this isn’t a 4 star hotel. Bit shabby round the edges and needs some TLC, not as good as the pictures. Breakfast was good but you have to be quick off the mark as they run out quickly. Evening meal was average, we only ate there once there is much better food on the island.
Despite negative comments, this is really a great place. If you are worried about the rooms, ask for one that has been redone. Ours was really nice, spacious, clean and with a very comfortable bed.
Staff are very friendly and helpful, though overworked.
Food is excellent, both in the hotel and the thalasso area. Fresh, creative and very tasty.
We have no problems recommending this hotel
We have just returned home from a stay at this hotel for a week. Due to availability we first occupied a vineyard view room - it was grubby and dingy and the toilet smelled of urine. The entire hotel needs to be redecorated and cleaned. The sea view room we spent the last weekend in was an improvement but cramped and the loo still smelled - all of the toilets did. But the worst was our departure from the hotel a day earlier than booked!! The hotel made a mistake and booked our stay a day short. They packed our bags whilst we were on the beach then called us to ask when we would be back to pay the bill and take our luggage!! Of course we protested but were just met with indifference and extremely rude staff. Disgusting. Luckily we moved to another wonderful hotel in La Flotte - Le Richelieu which I would recommend and where we intend to return for our next trip to this place - if we decide we can stomach the inhabitants total lack of manners.
Overall the hotel is nice, staff is friendly and the location is beautiful. We had a very modern room with a great bathroom. However, when we went to the spa we were a bit shocked. The floor was dirty, the changing rooms didn’t look inviting and overall the spa is not a place where you want to spend all day.
If the spa would be changed and taken care of I think the hotel would be great.
We travel extensively for both business and leisure. One of our favorite activities is visiting local spas, Typically we get a massage in addition to using steam sauna and pool, if available. In this case we were excited to experience this Hôtel’s spa. The facilities look lovely. However, no infinity pool can make up for a generic indifferent 20-minute massage priced at double the cost of a full 60 minute version. There was no personalization at all. I felt like I was on an oily assembly line. Certainly it was pleasant and would have been more acceptable if appropriately priced. I had tried to get pricing info from the spa concierge but she would only let me glance at her “last brochure” before snatching it back. I was mystified by the utter lack of guest experience until I read some of the other reviews about overpricing.