The place :
Belle Ile en Mer, meaning « Beautiful Island in the Sea » is the perfect place if you are looking for relaxing holidays in Brittany, in Northwestern France. It is a magnificent wild island located on the Atlantic Ocean, 45 minutes away from the French harbor of Quiberon. Belle-Ile features several picturesque harbors nestled among rock formations, and varied landscapes. The 80km² of the island, and its 100km of rocky coast, beautifully shaped by the sea, as well as its small black sanded creeks are an invitation to relaxation and rest among this wild and strong nature which will pass on to you some of its energy.
At the Castel Clara Thalasso of the island of Belle Ile en Mer, you shall discover the ideal environment for you to enjoy and benefit from a spa vacation in Brittany ! All that in the most charming setting. Hotels and residences :
Open all day long, the bar of the hotel proposes to you « Chocolat à l'Ancienne », innovative cocktails and the Single Malt menu if that's what you are looking for, all that to go with the music from the piano, or the shade of a parasol.
Hotel "Castel Clara"
Castel Clara Hotel 4*
Located in the Goulphar Bay, the Castel Clara Hotel is a refined Relais et Chateaux establishment where quiet and serenity are the master words. The rooms are spread between two buildings : The Castel and The Manor. The former is linked to the well-being centre but the latter has an indoor fresh water pool, a sauna and a jacuzzi.
The hotel offers a refined and soothing decoration, varied but very tasteful. The 39 rooms of the Castel are decorated in shades of blue and beige, in a very luminous ambiance. On the other hand, the 24 rooms of the Manor are slightly more spacious and feature a dressing, they are decorated in tones of chocolate brown assorted to teak wood.
The different rooms proposed are as follows:
Sea View: room with a terrace, bathroom and toilet, TV set, mini-bar, safe.
Land View: room bathroom and toilet, TV set, mini-bar, safe.
Additional bed: €30 per day, pet inside the room: €10 per day, breakfast in bed:€15, tourist tax: €1 per person per day (indicative prices).
Note that business events can be organized a the Castel Clare Hotel which features a room that can accommodate 60 persons. It would be the perfect place to combine work with thalassotherapy treatments in Belle Ile en Mer... Restaurants :
Restaurant ""Bleu Manière Verte""
This gourmet restaurant is linked to The Castel building. It features a vast terrace overlooking the sea. It's menu proposes delicious dishes based mainly on sea products. You shall be delighted by the sweetly spiced lobsters and shells, grilled turbots or roasted breams with green lemon.
This high class restaurant is only open in the evenings.
Restaurant "Le Café Clara"
This restaurant opened in 2007 and is linked to The Manor building. Open for breakfast,lunch and dinner, it proposes a well stacked buffet. Sports and Activities :
For your thalassotherapy in Brittany, at the Castel Clara you shall be able to enjoy: an outdoor heated (28° as from April) sea water pool, two tennis courts, car and bicycle renting service, sea outing on a sailboat, guided tours.
Outdoors: you shall be able to visit the Vauban Citadelle, the Great Lighthouse,the Koh-Kastell bird reserve, the « Nature House », bicycle tracks (200km), or hiking (85km of the coast's trails are reserved for hikers), sailing, surfing, discovering Belle Ile en Mer on horse back or carriage, 11 tennis courts, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayak, visit of caves, fishing, visit of the island by plane with the flying club of Belle Ile.
The golf: the Golf-Club of Belle-Ile-En-Mer has 13 holes, among which the famous hole n°2 set on a cliff surrounded by the sea. Driver or iron 8 according to the wind and to your fitness will be necessary to reach it. The golf is implanted on the headland of the Poulains, in the Northwest of Belle-Ile.
Sea excursions, aboard The Orene, from Lorient: just for a day or to extend your stay, discover this fast, luxurious and comfortable sailboat of 42 feet. You can learn about navigation aboard, (use of instruments, maneuver in a fresh breeze, regulations, mooring, night navigation, identification of lighthouses and markers). Also you may simply choose to sail, together with the skipper and his wife: experienced team members as well as skilled chef.
The schedule of this escapade of an afternoon or several days: Belle Ile, Houat, Hoëdic, the bay of Quiberon, La Trinité sur Mer, the Morbihan Gulf, the island of Yeu, La Rochelle, the Charente. In the North, the island of Groix, the river of Belon, Bénodet, The Glénans, the river of Odet: all the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean will open up to you. You will discover another pace of life, on a reliable ship as well as safe and comfortable.
The accommodation facilities of the sailboat are 4 persons in 2 double cabins, toilets washbasins, and private shower in every cabin. Access :
By train take the French high speed train (TGV) from Paris, Montparnasse station to Quimper, then take another train to QuiberonBy plane
Nantes/Belle Ile en Mer: 2 flights a dayBy boat
You have to take a boat in Quiberon to go to Belle Ile