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 spend two nights in this fantastic hotel. We had a beautiful room with balcony and a great view to the beach. The bed was really fantastic. It was a separat toilet room, but we had to go to the bathroom to clean the hands. Not that practical. Wellness and SPA was great. And the food was awesome.
Excellent hotel with all amenities. Beautifully decorated but lift in our building not working. If you want to eat an evening meal you need to pre book as fully booked when we arrived. Pool open at 9 00 which is quite late but unable to use as classes on so disappointing
We've visited this hotel twice now, once a couple of years ago in high Summer for a friend's 60th birthday, and once at the end of 2016 for a New Year's Eve/Day weekend. Although the weather and the temperature were very different (-12 degrees on New Year's Eve!), the hotel was delightful on both occasions. In Summer, its position right on the beach at the quiet end of the La Baie de la Baule makes early morning walks a wonderfully invigorating start to the day. In Winter, the lovely Christmas decorations and hoar frost over trees make for a romantic and memorable visit. On both occasions we were bowled over by the food - I have never seen a breakfast buffet in any other hotel that matched this one in scale and scope. The New Year's Eve dinner began with aperitifs and music at 7pm and was barely half way through at midnight! The French really know how to celebrate New Year - on the stroke of midnight, all (and I mean all) the elegantly dressed diners in the room leapt to their feet and enthusiastically kissed everyone in sight - including us! The music was turned up and said elegantly dressed diners alternated between finishing their food and shaking their booties with equal gusto! On New Year's Day we, as Brits, had breakfast (that buffet again), but the French all had lunch, which meant that my husband and I had the entire Spa pool all to ourselves for almost 3 hours. Heaven!
We stayed at this hotel with friends, and arrived at about 3.30pm, our room was not ready, which I can understand, and at 4pm we were told that it was.Unfortunately we were told that only the master key worked in our room, and that there was a technical issue. So every time we wanted access to the room we had to go to reception to ask someone to let us in....Ok these things happen, but when we are in the room and there is no wifi, we were told some rooms had an issue, and had to be on the wifi in the corridor, with no room key, that is not so easy. To amuse ourselves with no wifi, I went to try and book Dinner for 4 in the restaurant. Little did I know that the hotel was doing an offer on "all inclusive" breaks for the post season. Great except we could not eat then because both sittings were booked. Both sitting...I thought this was a premium class hotel, not Butlins. We were told that the garage man may be able to help with an alternative restaurant, as there was no concierge.Oh and as we did not book the "all inclusive, which was never offered, breakfast is 29 Euros per person. Simply avoid the hotel, sounds great but lacks anything to redeem it.
We arrived at the hotel to be greeted by a concierge who very swiftly took the car off my hands without explaining the subsequent parking charges.(Maybe one to watch out for) The rooms were of a high standard as was the rest of the hotel.Very clean indeed.One tiny point was a smell of drains in the lobby.
On the plus side amongst many was the spa was absolutely amazing and worth a visit or two in my books.Overall a great hotel set in a beautiful part of the world.