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Brunch & Spa: 5 great thalasso ideas !

On Sundays, it’s brunch as a couple or with the whole tribe! Here are 5 gourmet yet healthy addresses well worth a stopover, facing the sea; before a stroll along the beach or the GR®34 hiking trail, or perhaps a brunch & treatment combo at the thalasso institute. Don’t forget to make a reservation!

In the blink of an eye

1. Château life at Castel Clara

On Sunday morning, take the shuttle from Quiberon port or hop on your bike and head for Bangor to enjoy a memorable brunch at Castel Clara. Once on Belle-Ile-en-Mer island, you’ll settle back in outstanding surroundings and savour your choice of elegantly prepared and guaranteed healthy gourmet dishes. At Café Clara, everything is homemade, and the “chic bistro” ambience is an invitation to relaxation. You’ll feast on prune cake, Breton cake flavoured with salted butter, and delicious buckwheat galettes created before your very eyes! People also come here for the generous oyster bar and its ultra-fresh seafood, as well as for the fish smoked by the chef himself and the salad bar, which vie with each other in terms of colour and vitamin-packed flavours. In fine weather, brunch is served on the terrace opening onto the ocean, a delight for eyes and palate alike.

After your gourmet break:  set off in discovery of the wild coastline, as far as the Port-Coton Needles and Grand Guet Point. Feel like being well and truly pampered? Then before brunch, on with your bathrobe and make your way to the spa for a multisensory “Volupté des Mers” massage. You’ll be immersed in a cocoon of wellbeing, thanks to a series of gentle manoeuvres combined with the (well-named) “Hypno-Slow” technique. 45 minutes of pure relaxation before returning to the mainland.

Castel Clara Thalasso & Spa Belle-Ile-en-Mer

2. So’Breizh Brunch in Quiberon

An unmissable experience on Quiberon peninsula, and regulars know it’s best to reserve a few days in advance. Once a month and every Sunday in the season (14 April to 29 September), the Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa becomes the place to be for a gourmet stop-off with views overlooking the ocean. Here, there’s not just one but a whole selection of buffets awaiting you in the restaurant’s cosy atmosphere. The chef, Patrick Barbin, is a devotee of authentic Breton cuisine and likes to work with seasonal products. So make way for amazingly fresh oysters direct from the Gulf of Morbihan, sushi created on the spot every first Sunday of the month, refreshing multivitamin fruit juices, and the pastry chef’s sweet treats, all certain to tantalise your palate… The brunch here won’t disappoint gluten-free devotees either and is kid-friendly as well: 50% discount for under 12-year-olds.

After your gourmet break: put on your trainers and set off along the GR®34 hiking trail in immediate proximity to the hotel. Or if you prefer a spot of relaxation instead, the spa has three “Brunch & Spa” options on offer, all with free access to the relaxation area (including seawater swimming pool, therapy pool, sauna, hammam and outdoor Jacuzzi) in the afternoon. It’s your choice: 1 thalasso treatment, 2 thalasso treatments or 1 x 25-minute Zen Modelling session + 1 x 50-minute facial at the spa. A bubble of wellbeing whatever the season.

Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa sea & spa

3. Buffet and hot dishes at Maison Roz Marine

Feel like a trip along the Pink Granite Coast with sea salt in the air? Every Sunday, Maison Roz Marine invites you to a sweet and savoury feast at L’Haliotis restaurant, facing Trestraou Beach in Perros-Guirec. Warmly welcoming decoration by the Breton interior architect Christophe Bachmann, natural materials and cosy design: the youngest of Brittany’s spas ticks all the boxes as far as ambience is concerned, and there’s no lack of quality on your plate either! In the kitchen, Chef Jean-François Coudert rustles up an all-you-can-eat buffet for your pleasure, complemented by a hot dish that changes every week. Reconstituted salmon, dauphinoise potatoes and flavourful Breton poultry, local charcuterie, a range of salads, and a selection of desserts (including a delicious homemade kouign-amann) and yoghurts made in the region – you’ll find it hard not to go back there! Special low prices for children under 12 years old.

After your gourmet break: book the “brunch & relaxation” package and treat yourself to a hot-and-cold experience at the Parcours Celtique before luxuriating under the massage jets and taking a dip in the seawater pool. Or perhaps you’d prefer a treatment at the spa? Roz Marine’s signature massage makes use of the benefits of pink granite stones heated to loosen up muscle tensions and ensure in-depth relaxation (50 or 80 minutes). Free access to the gym.

Roz Marine Thalasso Resort

4. A feast fit for a king at the Relais Thalasso Pornichet – Baie de la Baule

Not yet acquainted with Sunday brunch at Château des Tourelles? Then head to Pointe du Bec where this Baulois institution awaits your coming: champagne, oysters and a selection of gourmet dishes assured, with sea views as a bonus! Prepared from seasonal local fresh produce, the menu is truly mouthwatering. Hors d’oeuvres from the terroir and ocean revisited by the Chef, seafood from Kercabellec, bruschetta, fish from the coast and platters of local cheeses – savoury food lovers are well and truly spoilt! The show cooking workshops and hot dishes with demonstration are a must: smoked fish, Italian workshop, grills and snacks – there’s something for every taste. And to end on a sweet note, indulge yourself with the pastries buffet including cream puffs, petits fours and other homemade delicacies. Rendezvous on the terrace when the weather is fine!

After your gourmet break: eliminate the calories with a brisk walk along the Sentier des Douaniers hiking trail or on La Baule’s huge beach skirting the embankment. And if you’re looking for a truly relaxing experience, don’t forget to reserve your “Suprême Harmonie Tourelles” or “Synergie Marine” massage (50 minutes). Unwind to the rhythm of firmly applied smoothing techniques and 100% manual manoeuvres on the part of your therapeutic spa

Relais Thalasso Pornichet-Baie de La Baule

Good to Know 

On the other side of La Baule Bay, the Thalasso & Spa Barrière La Baule is also famous for its Sunday brunches. Rendezvous at Le Royal hotel in July and August, to relax in the resort’s park and enjoy dishes conjured up by its Chef Mikaël Amisse and his team. On no account to be missed during the summer season before dashing off to Benoît Beach to perfect your suntan and going on to Le Fouquet’s bar for an after-beach drink.

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