Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa
What We Love
- Beautiful seaside location; ocean-view rooms are a must
- Spa, indoor seawater pool and workout facilities are modern marvels of health and wellness
- Delectable breakfast buffet includes section entirely devoted to Breton specialties
What To Know
- Hotel guests are a mature, prim and proper group; no late night revelry at the hotel bar
- Brush up on your French — the hotel signage is in French and some staff don’t speak English
- It's a four-and-a-half-hour drive or a three-hour train ride from Paris; the nearest station is Vannes
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
At the tip of Brittany’s Quiberon Peninsula, this sleek spa hotel pays homage to Breton tradition and the Atlantic Ocean it overlooks. In the reception area and adjoining Le Blue Bar, a palette of burnt orange and blue depicts the earth and sea, and curvy quadriskells (local motifs representing land, sea, air and fire) adorn the walls and furniture. The huge spa, complete with an 80-foot saltwater pool and wooden terrace lined with loungers, overlooks a small curve of sand lapped by crashing waves.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are modern and sophisticated, with soft, neutrally colored walls, burnt red and orange accents, huge white Sofitel MyBeds, plush carpeting and chrome furnishings. Beachy elements abound, including eye-catching lamps crafted from driftwood. Junior Suites come with a blissful outdoor terrace with ocean views, a top spot to watch the sun sink into the Atlantic with a glass of bubbly. Monochromatic bathrooms are spacious and are stocked with luxe Hermès products and possibly the most comfortable bathrobes ever created.
The hotel’s superb, cutting-edge spa and fitness facilities are reason enough never to leave the premises. There’s a glass-encased, heated 80-foot indoor saltwater pool that has ocean views from practically every angle, thalassotherapy spa treatments galore, a eucalyptus hammam, a beauty salon, a full gym with a yoga studio, and even a NASA-approved antigravity treadmill to perfect your running stride. La Presqu’ile serves healthy dishes made from locally grown ingredients, and L’Ocean juice bar rounds out the wellness theme.
In the Area
Walkers and cyclists can take advantage of Quiberon’s plethora of outdoor trails; the route along the beach is great for a brisk morning walk. Water sport enthusiasts should sign up for kitesurfing lessons at the popular Spirit Surf Club. Oh, and while you’re in Quiberon, be sure to check out the secluded island of Belle Ile en Mer; the hotel can arrange boat trips. In the evening, feast on fresh seafood at nearby restaurants Le Vivier and La Villa Margot.
How to Get There
Rooms are modern, well planned though rather small. Shocking it has no air conditioning. My fault - did not check but could not have imagined a Sofitel did not have one. This resulted in mosquitoes making the night less enjoyable. We booked for a night and thought we would prolong if we liked it and did not because of that. The spa was nice. The outside needs to be renovated. Overall it was okay, but not wow. We have stayed in other Sofitel hotels which I would rate as much higher.
I really booked this hotel because of the movie "Three days in Quiberon" - about actress Romy Schneider spending some rehab time there (in the other hotel though, I guess) - but it was this little peninsula in the Bretagne that caught my eye and since I was in Rennes anyway, I could drive there in no time. The building has 70s charme - only two floors - and right after check in I had to switch rooms - because my reservation said "two beds" - the first room they checked us into was one bed. So we got a superior room with a little ocean view (which I didn't know was superior, I just thought it had two beds). Staff was very nice and helpful. The room had enough space - wasn't really spacious - but big enough, nice bathroom, 4 bottles of water every day (complimetary) and my niece had free breakfast (9 years old) - the breakfast was great! A good variety of juices, food and small dishes like fruits, chocolate creams, yoghurt, cold cuts, cheese of course and jam and honey and fresh made omeletts. Anything you asked for. We used the Spa-Pool once (salt water btw) - but since you have to wear a swimming cap, that was not too attractive... and kids are not allowed in the interesting whirlpools, so we went to one of the beaches that are really close... water was nice and fresh - and we had fun. Restaurant doesn't open until 7.15pm - travelling with kids that is a difficult time - my niece was hungry before that benchmark. So was I. So we went to downtown Quiberon - which is a 20min walk - or a 6min drive. The only downer was the air in the room - we couldn't leave the door open for fresh air - because of the mosquitos and maybe strangers coming in (room being on the ground floor) - so we closed it - and I did not feel any air condition working - or being there by any means. So nights were really warm. Other than that: Nice place, friendly staff and great landscape.
A two night stay which was overall pretty good! The rooms are a bit tight and like other reviewers if it’s hot there is no air con! Pool and spa is great. Bar service was very slow! Restaurant food very good quality but like bar prices not cheap. Lovely position on coast and 25 minute walk to town along coast. Breakfast excellent and staff friendly and helped with the English but a very French hotel as you would expect! Overall good but top end on the value front!
Had a superior room with sea view which was small but did have a great view over to the beaches. Biggest complaint was the lack of air conditioning which is only available in the suites
apparently. To cool the room we had to leave the patio door open and this resulted in getting a lot of bites even with the net curtain pulled across. We did mention to the staff who supplied us with a plug-in mosquito repellant which did help. We accept that the weather is probably only this hot for a couple of months a year and that it is an old hotel and to install AC at this stage would be very costly.
Only other problem with the room was the seagulls on the roof who started their calls at dawn and were very noisy. We put earplugs in...
Breakfast was very good with eggs/ omelettes cooked to order and a good choice of side dishes plus fruit, cereals, breads and
Dinner was a bit disappointing with both our main dishes lacking in presentation and choice of vegetables. We have stayed in a few Sofitels but didn’t rate this one for their food.
Staff were generally helpful and the concierge was good when we had a flat battery as he arranged for a local garage to have a look at it.
We loved the location and easy access to Quiberon and neighbouring villages. For that reason we would re- visit but it is not the best Sofitel we have stayed in.
We had a truly wonderful and memorable experience for our three night stay. The location is perfect, at a quiet site right near the beach, which was perfect for the children and thankfully, not very crowded. The room we had for a family of four was beautiful and comfortable, and well prepared with amenities for the children. As expected with family rooms, it had no view (just the bushes outside), but isn’t it always like this? Also it would have been nice if the hotel offered beach towels and umbrellas to use at the beach but we were told by the reception just to use the towels in the room. Special commendation goes to the restaurant and its staff, who were extremely attentive, professional, efficient and friendly despite being busy. The food was excellent and the atmosphere enjoyable. Breakfast and the bar were also very good and the service attentive and friendly. Would definitely stay again when visiting Quiberon.