Thalasso on the Emerald Coast

Pointe Ste Enogat © DR
Beach resort next to Saint Malo, Dinard has a thalassotherapy institute set up in an outstanding environment. Facing the sea, it offers several treatments, including one aiming to solve sleeping problems, as well as beauty cares and fitness activities. A great place to relax on Brittany coastline.

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Getting there
- By road
405 km from Paris via Caen. Autoroutes A 14 et A 13 till Caen, N 135, N 176 et N 137 till Saint Malo, then D 168 et D 266 till Dinard
420 km from Paris via Rennes. Autoroutes A 10, A 11 et A 81 then N 157 till Rennes, N 137 till St Malo, then D 168 et D 266 till Dinard
- By train
TGV Paris – Saint Malo, 3 h.
Free shuttle between the institute and Saint-Malo railway station on direct TGV arrivals and departures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Taxi the other days.
- 6 days treatments from 552 € to 756 €.
- 6 days treatments with half board lodging at Novotel from 1242 to 1554 € for one person, from 972 to 1246 € per person for two persons sharing a double room.
- 6 days treatments with half board lodging at Villas Falaises from 1008 to 1326 € for one person, from 804 to 972 € per person for two persons sharing a studio.
- Two nights half board week-end packages from 399 to 506 € for one person, from 325 to 408 € per person for two persons sharing a double room.
- One day discovery packages from 77 to 132 €.
The institute is closed evry year for the first three weeks of December
Information et bookings
Accor Thalassa Dinard
Tel : 0299167800
Elegant beach resort with small sandy beaches sheltered by rocky promontories, Dinard was still a fishing village by the middle of the 19th century. Then, came British aristocrats and wealthy Americans who were attracted by the beauty of the site and its mild climate.

Dinard © T.Joly
 Outstanding location
The construction of rich houses, of hotels, of a casino as well as France first tennis lawn club and second golf course, created by Scots Tom Burn, made it one of the European most renowned towns. This popularity lasted till the early 30’s and, during that time, many crowned heads and celebrities came there for holidays. Edward VII, King Michel of Sweden, Emperor Guillaume II of Germany, Lawrence of Arabia, Nowadays, Dinard is not anymore a fashionable place but remains a pretty and bourgeois beach resort with an out-of-date charm and quiet atmosphere. Perfect for restful and relaxing vacation. Moreover, since 1990 it has a new string on its bow with a thalassotherapy centre set up on Pointe de Saint-Enogat, a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. Accor Thalassa, that Is its name, enjoys an outstanding location and a beautiful view on the Côte d’Emeraude, as is called the North Brittany seaside stretching from Cancale to Cap Fréhel.

Accor Thalassa © DR
 “Sea of Sleep”
Two different types of accommodation are available. A 3* recently renovated Novotel hotel, with 106 rooms, all having A sea view and even a terrace for the ones on garden level. Villas Falaise, a residence consisting of 67 Scandinavian-looking studio apartments for 2 or 3 persons equipped with a kitchenette. Both are linked to the thalassotherapy institute and a restaurant facing the sea where the panoramic view goes from small islands to Saint-Malo old town. Specialities from Brittany and sea products make most of the menu and the Sunday lunch “Buffet de la Mer” also attracts locals. Regularly renovated and modernised since its opening, the thalasso institute itself has A speciality, the treatment “Sea of Sleep”. Made for people having sleeping troubles due to their work schedule, stress or emotional breakdown, it includes sophrology, light therapy, specific massages, relaxation sessions in swimming pool and individual cares. A program which teaches how to relax, how to fall asleep more easily, and helps to recover a natural rhythm of life.

Accor Thalassa © DR
 Golf and Thalasso
But the Dinard Accor Thalassa also distinguishes itself with some other treatments. “Thalasso and Golf”, which combines pleasure on the green with late afternoon cares. “Active”, to keep fit and improve sport performances, which associates cares and coach-led physical training. “Masculine Tonic”, aimed to men, with cares and physical activities. Of course a wide range of classical treatments are also on offer such “Anti-stress”, “Health”, “Slimming”, “Aesthetic”, “Fitness”. With, according to the programme chosen, hydromassaging baths, whirlpool baths, underwater jets and showers, hydrojet, affusion shower, hydrojambes, pressure therapy, sea weeds body wraps, massages and kinesitherapy in 32°C heated sea water 25 m long swimming pool opening onto a solarium facing the sea.

Spa © DR
If you wish, you can also take the opportunity of the stay to follow a dietetic regime set up by a nutritionist and served in a tiny restaurant facing the sea like the other one. Lastly, the Institute has two more facilities. A Spa – Beauty area with modern design décor equipped with an oriental stem room and a sauna offering facial and body cares such as body scrub, lymphatic drainage, ayurvedic, Thaï and hot stones massages. A Fitness area with A bodybuilding and cardio training room and a pool equipped with an aquatic weight training equipment. Lasting 6 days, all the treatments start on Monday, with a Sunday arrival, except the fitness one that you can begin on any day. However it does also exist one-day-discovery packages with 3-4 or 5 cares, as well as week-end packages.

Saint Briac © T.Joly
 Walks and visits
Important detail, the cares are always done on half day, morning or afternoon. So the clients have time to discover nearby tourist spots by themselves, or through the tours offered by the Institute. Beginning with the premises, the Chemin des Douaniers allows A 20 mn to 3 hours long stroll along the coast. A good way to go around Dinard and to have a look at the 407 classified Belle Epoque villas and gardens filled with lush vegetations. On the other direction, toward the West, a longer walk leads to Saint-Briac, picturesque little town, once a favourite for painters As Renoir, Bonnard and Signac. By car or bicycle, it Is possible to go and visit Saint-Malo and the Rance dam, the world unique power station producing electricity from the tide movements. A bit further are the Mont Saint-Michel and Cancale, a tiny port famous for its oysters… Tourist spots are numerous.

February 20, 2008
Hélène Tilliette