Off the coast of Finistère, Ouessant is the last stop before America. Sophie Chave opened her “haven of peace”, the Sport Ouessant & Spa, on this protected island: a four-star hotel with 11 rooms, a semi-gourmet restaurant, a host of wellness facilities and the option to host seminars. An exceptional establishment in a spectacular natural setting.
“A break in a previously unknown time-space.”
Sophie has retained a keen understanding of people from her previous career in hospitality. So when she opened the Sport Ouessant & Spa, she decided to give the place a special purpose: “I didn’t set up a hotel-restaurant with a wellness centre – I designed a fitness centre and added a hotel structure with dining to offer wellness-focused accommodation and nutrition.” The hotel has 11 rooms: “a modest size means a special welcome”. The restaurant serves “semi-gourmet, healthy dishes made with organic, local produce”. The wellness comes from the magnificent Ouessant Island setting, a swimming lane, a spa, a gym and a meditation room, not to mention the lovely music room/library. A haven of peace in a spectacular natural setting!
Most of the seven rooms and four duplex suites at the Sport Ouessant & Spa offer spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. “All furniture was chosen with originality in mind,” says Sophie. “Various French artisans are on display with exclusively made pieces with a focus on high-quality materials (wood, metal, glass).” The welcome products in guest rooms are made with island algae by a Ouessant-based company.
Choose from the dining room, terrace or garden at breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Dishes follow three guiding principles: organic, local and healthy. “Like my hotel, our cuisine must be crafted with wellness in mind.” So the chef serves up semi-gourmet fare based around plant produce and seafood, highlighting Ouessant algae and honey.
The menus “depend on the chef’s mood,” says Sophie, but sourcing couldn’t be stricter. “All of our dishes are concocted with fresh, organic, regional produce from market gardeners, beekeepers, fishermen, bakers, etc.” And the hotel’s philosophy extends to our dishes so “we only serve products with exceptional nutritional qualities.”
Island temptation. Where haven of peace meets protected nature. Where activity meets wellness and relaxation. All this awaits at the Sport Ouessant & Spa. A lasting memory? “A guided walk at sunrise or sunset in the legendary sites.”
Open to sporty (and less sporty) guests, the Sport Ouessant & Spa fitness centre features a heated swimming lane (18x3 m) as well as a gym and an outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy classes with a coach and try your hand at paddleboard yoga.
After exercise comes relaxation of mind and body. Choose from the sauna, jacuzzi, meditation room, solarium, spa with outdoor pool or a treatment with Breton algae-based marine cosmetics.
Eight km long and four wide, France’s westernmost island will whisk you away from it all. As well as endemic fauna (sheep, miniature horses and black bees) and a wide variety of flora, Ouessant is worth a visit for its four exceptional headlands (Kadoran and its cliffs, Penn Arlan and its pretty harbour, Porz Doum and its verdant landscape, and wild, protected Pern) and its five lighthouses, including Créac’h, Europe’s highest and most powerful lighthouse with its distinctive black and white stripes. With more than 40 km of coastal paths, Ouessant is also a hiker’s paradise.