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
I recently stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. The location was perfect and it was great to be able to sit and watch the ocean. The staff were friendly and happy to help. I took advantage of the lovely indoor heated pool a few times during my stay, also a very pleasant experience. The room was a good size and clean and tidy. I would recommend this hotel.
We stayed for 5 nights.
The hotel is quite new, very nice design, spa included with hot ocean water indoor swimming pool with water sport facilities and outdoor swimming pool and bar.
The room was large, very comfortable bed, large bathroom, good bath cosmetics. Large balcony with armchair and lawn chair, coffee available in the room.
Good breakfast including fresh shellfish and champagne. Without vegetables though.
We could not reserve a table at the hotel restaurant - it was full every night with half-board tourists.
Majority of tourists were French excepting us and 3 other families (German, Japanese and Russian).
The beach is available just outside hotel, quite private, very beautiful. We enjoyed the high tides.
We would have liked more some towel bathrobes instead of the thin ones that were provided and more comfortable slippers.
However, we highly recommend the hotel for relaxation and incredibly beautiful scenery.
As a New Yorker I’m again surprised how quiet hotels are in this part of France! This is after two weeks! I forget we are vacationing along with all the French!
The hotel was beautiful, clean, had great linens, great staff, great room service (daily), and an amazing bed! Even nice bath products!
Each king bed has two remote controls, so you decide how hard or soft the bed should be! Great added benefit! Would definitely come back!!
The little town is like a little fisherman’s village, back in time. You can walk right around the block into town!
It’s ‘not’ like a little town in Maine! I really hate when people try to compare this coast of France with the east coast of USA. I love seafood as much as anyone and I’ve been down the USA coast at least 50 times... but... It’s FRANCE-it’s got much more HISTORY and character and, in France!
Pretty much anyplace, you could throw a coin, you can and will hit a restaurant with amazing food! Even pastry shops have delicious sandwiches if you don’t want to spend much.
The spa was wonderful but if you’re not tiny you will not fit into their robes, lol. The massages and facials were great!!! They knew what they were doing! I’m not comparing it to a mandarin oriental spa , that’s not fair, but it was a definite “8” on a 1-10 scale.
Hotel Chateau des Tourelles has an excellent reputation which she deserves completely. Perfect valet service, good reception, beautiful rooms, a very good restaurant, a perfect Spa with a 23 m internal swimmingpool.
We stayed in the hotel for 4 nights in the middle of the summer. The hotel is located in a quiet area of Pornichet. At the time of booking, we thought it was in La Baule but it's actually in the bay of La Baule. If you want to visit this city, it's approx. 8 km. We did however not regret this mistake on our side. The location is very quiet. We especially liked the walk along the beach (or the small walkway next to it) to the direction of St Marguerita.
The hotel and room are beautifully designed with a luxury atmosphere. The staff is extremely friendly. The room is however not completely sound proof as you can hear sounds from the neighbouring rooms.
There's a large choice at breakfast and no rush to get you out. You can really enjoy it. We had diner once in the hotel and loved it. The food is great, but the different plates come rather quickly one after the other as they do 2 shifts. This is a pity as you can't really enjoy diner (if you're in the first shift). If you don't like loud music, make sure to check if the DJ is planned to perform in the evening or not. We didn't have diner in the restaurant that evening, and after we've heard him play, we were happy we decided to go to the port for a quiet diner.
The outside pool is quite small so not really meant for swimming, more to refresh yourself in the water. There are also only a limited number of chairs compared to the number of rooms of the hotel. The small secluded beach on the left of the hotel is however great.