For our last three days in Brittany we stayed in our fourth Relais Chateau hotel, Le Fort de l’Océan just outside of Le Croisic. We were a little worried about staying here because even though we made our reservations eight months in advance the only available room was their smallest, so small they were afraid to even have photos on their website.
We did not need to worry.
When we arrived and were escorted to our room, I found it to be larger than many hotel rooms I have stayed in (these people had not been to Japan!)! It was like a little apartment. The only thing lacking was a terrace, but after being spoiled with the magnificent terrace at Hôtel de la Plage it would have fallen short anyway. We had a beautiful view of the ocean and the hotel garden so I really could not complain.
I thought I would share some photos since you can’t see this room on their website.
The toilet and shower room were in their own areas when you entered the room separated from the sleeping room by a door.
The bathroom was beautiful, but without a shower I can’t rate it very high. I need a REAL shower!
We didn’t feel like getting in the car to explore (at this point we were getting road weary, plus we had two days ahead of us to do that) so we just relaxed on the grounds. The hotel is an old fort (moats and all!) that stood guard over attacks (likely from those pesky British!). It is oppressive looking at first, but really it is quite lovely.
Every guest gets their own private garage to park in and two bikes to use during their stay. There is a backyard with lovely sitting areas and a garden the chef uses for his delectable meals (more on that tomorrow). There is a swimming pool, sun deck and spa, all meticulously maintained and serviced by staff that anticipates your every whim and who discreetly and efficiently fulfills them.
We sat on the sun deck (well, in the shade actually) for several hours just enjoying the space. After a few hours we went up to our room to get ready for dinner. Here is a view of the backyard at dusk from our window.
I really enjoyed Le Fort de l’Ocean and I was about to experience one of my favorite parts…stay tuned to hear about it tomorrow!