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Tried and Tested: the Thalasso Spa in Roscoff

Back ache? Tired legs? Stressed and tense? Or you do you simply feel like being pampered? Sounds like it’s time for you to treat yourself to some time at the Thalasso Spa…
Marie-Anne, a Tourist Officer in Carantec, volunteered to try an afternoon of treatments and relaxation at the Thalasso Spa Centre in Roscoff – purely in the name of research, of course!

Thalassotherapy: made in Roscoff

Thalasso de Roscoff, bien-être et soins aux algues, Finistère, Bretagne, Ile de Batz

After a few weeks of cold temperatures and changeable weather, I needed to boost my energy levels. What better way to do it than to spend the day in the capable hands of specialists and resting among the bubbles of an outdoor jacuzzi, with its magnificent views over the beautiful bay of Roscoff and the l’Île de Batz?

Without a moment’s hesitation, I booked an appointment for a Thursday afternoon. Two treatments awaited me: a hydro-massage bath with sea crystals and a hydro-sensory wrap using a cream with sea kelp extracts. Mmmm… everything was sounding wonderful already.
When I arrived, I met Morgane, the Sales Advisor, who showed me around the premises that are right on the beach of Rockroum. There are 80 people on the team here, working to ensure your visit is one of well-being and comfort.

The Centre de Thalassothérapie de Roscoff – to give the Thalasso Spa its official title – was opened in 1899 by Dr Bagot, so it has been running for over 117 years. Thalasso Spas use seawater and marine-based products, and this centre in Roscoff has the added honour of being the first spa centre to open in France, a country where they have become a national institution. Initially focused on the medical, the Thalasso Spa is now very definitely a centre for well-being, dedicated to treatments and therapies to help people feel their best. It’s not a healing centre, but it is certainly a place to ease away aches and pains. The benefits of a Thalasso treatment can last for up to three months!

The view, particularly from the top of its 4 floors, is ever-changing and moving, giving the impression at high tide that you’re on a boat, and at low tide, that you’re standing on a shore with the most amazing views. All the treatment rooms are sea-facing, which only enhances the experience. Here, everything is done to ensure that guests feel as comfortable as possible, and the hotel has designed the centre so that its Spa visitors – known as ‘curistes’ in French – can access the pool without going outside. Even the restaurant offers an enchanting seaview to bring added pleasure to the tasty treats on offer.

The Thalasso treatments

After this useful introductory tour, it’s time to go and get ready. The Thalasso has supplied me with a robe and a bag to keep my things in, so I just need my swimming costume, swimming hat and flip flops (don’t panic if you don’t have any, the on-site shop always has these in stock). Morgane hands me a sheet that shows the times of my treatments, so I’m all set!

3pm and it’s time for my first treatment: up to the first floor. Snuggled in my robe, I make my way to the room, where I’m greeted by a Hydrotherapist, who guides me to a small room that has a bath in the centre. I hang up my bag and robe then slip into the warm water; the Hydrotherapist sprinkles sea crystals into the bath then withdraws from the room. I spend 15 minutes relaxing in thousands of bubbles while pleasant jets of water massage my back and my legs. By the time I get out of the bath I feel totally de-stressed, let alone the added minerals that are being absorbed by my body and the benefits for my circulation!

Before my next treatment, I have the time to stroll around the Thalasso, so I head for the ‘Salle de Repos’ (relaxation room), a light space with comfortable chairs facing the large picture windows. Here, there are other guests relaxing, reading magazines, sipping herbal teas or simply closing their eyes and listening to the soft music that helps you to unwind.

Thalasso de Roscoff, bien-être et soins aux algues, piscine, Finistère, Bretagne, Ile de Batz

After this, I’m feeling rather serene when, half an hour later, I head to my second treatment in the Algotherapy zone, where I’ll be treated to a hydro-sensory wrap using a cream of sea kelp extracts. This treatment, which has anti-oxidant and slimming benefits, consists of being smothered in a lotion or cream (in my case, a cream with sea kelp extracts), then being wrapped in a plastic film. In Roscoff, you receive this treatment as you lie on a water-filled mattress, so the benefits of the wrap are boosted by the feeling that you’re floating. You forget everything else and you just relax, it’s wonderful!

After 20 minutes the Algotherapist unwraps me and helps me to remove the kelp cream. You need a quick shower, as the the seaweed smell is rather strong. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about bringing any shower gel, but I’ll remember next time! Once the cream has all been washed off, I head back to the Thalasso.

Aqua-Détente: the Aqua-Relaxation Centre

Such choice! An indoor seawater pool to swim a few lengths? Another indoor pool, also seawater, with massage jets for relaxing? The indoor jacuzzi for a few pampering bubbles? Or perhaps the outdoor jacuzzi to round off my visit with a view? In the end, I try it all except the sauna and the steam room! The advantage of the Thalasso Spa in Roscoff is that whatever treatment you choose, access to the Aqua-Relaxation Centre is included for the whole day.

Thalasso de Roscoff, bien-être et soins aux algues, piscine, Finistère, Bretagne, Ile de Batz

6pm: it’s time to head home, tired but relaxed, feeling a little regret as I hand in my soft, cosy robe. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon at the Thalasso Spa, and I’m already planning when I can come back for my next visit….

Practical info

Thalasso de Roscoff, bien-être et soins aux algues, piscine, Finistère, Bretagne, Ile de Batz

  • Bring with you: a swimming costume, swimming hat, flip-flops and shower gel
  • There are treatments for every skin-type, and the advisors at reception can point to you towards the most suitable options.
  • For a day of treatments at the Thalasso, allow between 100€ and 150€. If you’re on a smaller budget, it’s no problem: for as little as 36€ it’s possible to have a treatment plus a day’s access to the Aqua-Relaxation Centre!
  • Please note, to avoid disappointment, it’s a good idea to book in advance – preferably two weeks beforehand.
  • These treatments are definitely not just for women – men are also welcome, and there are even treatments especially for male visitors, so you can even make it a romantic getaway!

Thalasso Roscoff
Institut Marin Roc kroum
16 avenue Victor Hugo 29680 Roscoff FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)2 98 75 55 55