Relais Thalasso Château des Tourelles
What We Love
- A fairy-tale château in France, with breakfast, a spa discount and a glass of champagneToasting to your trip with a glass of champagne in the hotel's bar
- Spending time in the Espace Hydromarin, with its exclusive thalassotherapy treatments
- Lounging like royalty on your furnished private balcony
What To Know
- Hotel parking is valet only, otherwise you can park on the nearby street
- On arrival you'll be greeted with a welcome drink and hotel tour
- The indoor and outdoor pools are heated
- WiFi service is poor
Situated near the commune of Pornichet, on France’s northwest Atlantic coast, this chic hotel sits in a commanding position, overlooking five miles of some of Europe’s best sandy beaches and the sparkling ocean beyond. A gleaming white, turreted fairy-tale château, it looks as if it’s come straight out of Disneyland; however, there’s nothing make-believe about the service and hospitality you’ll find here.
Housed in modern buildings with grass-covered roofs, the rooms make the most of the lovely views, with huge windows and glass-fronted balconies. The gourmet restaurant and the ocean-view pool deck are hard to resist, and the manicured grounds are nothing short of magical. The spa is the pièce de résistance, though, with a heated seawater pool, a sauna, a hammam and a fitness room – and, of course, you can’t miss the signature thalassotherapy treatments.
Comfort Premium rooms are painted in the hotel’s signature grey, white and lilac and feature high-end, contemporary furnishings. You’ll also enjoy a spacious, glass-fronted private terrace – perfect for enjoying your morning coffee with the fresh ocean breeze.
Breakfast can be taken in your room upon request. The ocean-view à la carte restaurant serves exquisitely presented gourmet cuisine. Sunday brunch is also highly recommended, with pastries made by award-winning chef Robin Dugal.
The spa and wellness center features a heated indoor seawater pool with a built-in Jacuzzi, a sauna, a hammam, a fitness center and a solarium. The real attraction, though, is the menu of exclusive thalassotherapy treatments, promising to leave you feeling rejuvenated – mind, body and soul.
There’s much to explore in the surrounding area after all that spa pampering. You can go sailing, play golf or explore the area on horseback or on a bicycle. Visit the beautiful walled town of Guerande, famed for its salt, just 7 miles away. Roam the National Park of Briere, with its marshes and thatched-roofed cottages, marvel at the sea life in Croisic Aquarium or try your luck in Pornichet Casino.
How to Get There
My husband and I have been travelling around France on our bicycles and decided to stay at Hotel Chateau des Tourelles as a treat and what a treat it was. Beautiful hotel, right on the beach. The views from our 3rd floor balcony were stunning. The pool was immaculate and the perfect temperature. We dined at the restaurant both nights and were lucky enough to be there on a Friday night when they have their Seafood Buffet. All the food was delicious. The reception staff are excellent as are all the staff in the restaurant and the Spa. The Consierges were also outstanding and very helpful. Loved this hotel so much.
Really beautiful hotel. The pool and spa were great, very clean and well maintained. Food and drink a bit on the pricey side but very good. Friendly, efficient staff. The setting right by the beach makes this place look quite magical. Everything you would want and a little bit more!
We booked for just one night. On arrival everything seemed excellent, pleasant staff and well run.
Unfortunately things constantly started to unravel. Firstly the lunch menu is very limited and my chicken was undercooked and very pink. I left most of it as I didn’t want to become ill.
We passed on the breakfast at around 26 euros a head which is ridiculous.
We asked for a prestige Atlantic view room which we were given but have many issues. The room advertised a mini bar. We found an empty fridge. The room is advertised as soundproofed but constant irritating banging going on around outside.
There are only 2 small LED lights in the main bathroom which are rather inadequate.
The freestanding robe doesn’t fit the room and looks like an afterthought.
The carpets are sun bleached with stains and cigarette burns. The windows are streaky and not clean. Above the balcony the concrete is cracked and leaking water in two places.
The room is very badly designed and the bed poorly positioned so you cannot see the sea at all which is a shame when waking to a view of the house next door which is very close by.
Really this is a 4 star hotel trying to be a 5 star hotel with 5 star prices. 353 Euros for one night plus car parking not including breakfast is quite excessive.
The issues as a whole just add up to spoiling what would be an otherwise pleasant room and stay. A great shame as the staff are great but somehow attention to detail is lacking at this price and level.
We are very glad we are not here for longer as the disappointment would have spoiled our visit.
Pornichet is not particularly attractive and quite over rated compared to many other Atlantic or Mediterranean locations that we have been to and I imagine completely jam packed in season.
The parking staff were lovely and very helpful. There is very little alternative parking so I advise to book this ahead.