Need to know
Twenty-five, including two suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $221.75 (€194), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates do not include breakfast (€24 for full English).
As a place to rest and recharge, the hotel has a small chapel (with texts for all denominations) where guests can sit and reflect at any time. Decorated with fishing net-draped icons, there’s a wishing tree set behind the pews. For views and some alone time, seek out the hidden terrace above the swimming pool, or head to the belvedere roof, where a reclaimed antique statue of Eve stands.
At the hotel
Yacht, spa and solarium, Aquarium terrace, chapel, laundry, parking, free WiFi. In rooms: Samsung flatscreen TV with a Bluetooth connection, iPod dock and radio, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and courtesy tray, minibar, free bottled water and Thémaé bath products. DVD players are available, on request.
Our favourite rooms
Some Prestige Suites have a wraparound terrace, for heavenly sunrises, sunsets and plentiful yacht-cleaved river scenes in between; after dark, it’s just you and the bobbing boats in the moonlight. The Prestige Suite in the belvedere, makes up for its lack of terrace with waves of romance; the bed and a freestanding bath tub have panoramic views from four bay-facing windows.
The heated, narrow stone pool (best suited for lazy laps) is exclusively for guests’ use. It’s cleverly worked into the hotel’s higgledy-piggledy structure, reached by a secluded staircase, and positioned for beautiful bay views and surveying the Claire de Lune promenade. To one side, there’s a little solarium with loungers for post-swim sunbathing.
The spa is set in the hotel’s peaceful, hortensia-clad interior courtyard. There’s just one art deco-inspired treatment room, so advance bookings are essential, but it’s elegantly styled, light and spacious, with a small shower room to one side. Treatments use natural, tea-based Thémaé products for massages, body scrubs, facials, and a range of pampering packages for men, and mums- and brides-to-be. Light refreshments are offered, or chase your spa session with a dainty afternoon tea.
Pack a headscarf to stay glam and perfectly coiffed while on the hotel’s yacht, and pick up a few French phrases; staff are hired locally, and while they speak English, a little conversing en Français is a welcome courtesy.
The hotel layout is refreshingly unproblematic for wheelchair users, with two elevators and two specially adapted Superior rooms.
The hotel’s stairs and serene ambience are better suited to juniors, tweens and teens. Two rooms interconnect via a corridor to make an apartment, The chef can heat milk, tweak portions or whip up purées, and babysitting is available for €12 an hour.
Juniors, tweens and teens.
One of the Superior Rooms connects with the Prestige Suite in the belvedere to form a family apartment.
Buy buckets and spades for pottering about on the beach; older kids can learn how to sail, kayak or surf. Dinard Horse-Riding School is a 10-minute drive fom the hotel for lessons, and Club Mickey on the Plage de l’Ecluse arranges sporting activites and cinema nights for children aged 3–18. Or book a family day out on the hotel yacht.
Ask the chef for your child’s preferred dish and there’s a high chance you’ll get it. The kitchen staff are approachable and flexible and sensitive to the needs of parents. Children are allowed in the restaurant, but if you take your family meal on the terrace, the kids can get up and play between courses and any noisiness will be less of an issue.
Babysitting can be booked for €12 an hour (must be booked 24 hours in advance).
No need to pack
Bring any treasured toys: there aren’t many distractions on site. Beach towels, bags, sunhats and swimwear and any easily packed inflatables will all come in handy.
The hotel has a range of children’s DVDs if the weather turns grey.
You’ll be ferried about in sleek, whisper-quiet, electric Tesla cars (or borrow one of the hotel’s eBikes); those with eco-friendly motors can use the charging points too. Restaurant ingredients are sourced close by, and the kitchen uses environmentally sound gadgetry (an auto-recycling dishwasher, Nordaq water filter). A Lynx Energy system monitors usage in rooms, natural products are used where possible and lights and air-con turn off automatically when not in use.