Situated in the beautiful area of the Vendée, The Beach Retreat is the perfect setting for guests who want to achieve peace, tranquillity, rejuvenation and relaxation.
The health and wellness concept behind The Beach Retreat has been developed by Dr Patrick Bowler and his wife Pauline, who strongly believe that a combination of good nutrition, relaxation, mindfulness, exercise and social cohesion can contribute to a person’s health, longevity and sense of wellbeing.
The Beach Retreat is located in a conservation area, amongst the pines and dunes, just 75 metres from the beach and offering numerous walks and cycle paths so that you can enjoy the local wildlife, the scenery and the sea air. Neighbouring towns include the lively and fashionable La Rochelle, the lle de Re and Les Sables D’Olonne.
We at The Beach Retreat run our own yoga and fitness/wellbeing Retreats as well as playing host to cater for individual Yoga teachers and their groups. We have 7 bedrooms, 4 with kingsize beds and 3 with twin/kingsize beds.
We can take up to 14 people bedroom wise but have found that a comfortable amount for a retreat in one go is around 10 people. Dining is held in the Ocean Villa around a large informal table where the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
Accommodation is spread over the two houses, with the Ocean Villa predominantly as the eating, relaxing and socialising hub and The Beach house is where our Yoga studio/conference room, Treatment room and Sauna is.
We provide comfortable accommodation, healthy nourishing food, freshly cooked on site, a yoga studio, use of facilities (two heated pools, two jacuzzis, sauna and gym) and can arrange hire of bikes, massage, reflexology or surf/paddle board lessons at an extra cost if required.
Accommodation and Bathrooms
Our beautiful Beach House is a contemporary property, furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Three spacious double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms accommodate up to six adults.
The house is sea-facing, and includes an indoor yoga studio and a treatment room, with two private first floor seating areas. The stone-built BBQ and seating area means you can dine al fresco.
Bedroom 1: King-sized bed, en-suite shower & WC, electric blinds, WiFi, safety box, view to Zen garden.
Bedroom 2: Twin beds, shower & WC, electric blinds, WiFi, safety box, view to Zen Garden.
Bedroom 3: King-sized bed, bath, shower & WC, safety box, garden view.
Individual heating available in all rooms.
Next door to the Beach House, you’ll find the Ocean Villa. It’s a large, new accommodation with four en-suite bedrooms; sleeping up to eight adults. Enjoy the use of the heated private pool, jacuzzi, an indoor gym space, games, large terraces and our stunning garden. Individual heating in rooms.
Bedroom 1 (first floor): King-sized bed, en suite shower/WC, electric blinds, WiFi, safety box, balcony with view through pines and dunes towards the sea.
Bedroom 2 (first floor): Twin beds, en suite shower/WC, electric blinds, WiFi, safety box, balcony with view through the pines and dunes towards the sea.
Bedroom 3 (ground floor): Twin beds, en suite shower/WC, electric blinds, WiFi, safety box, garden view.
Bedroom 4 (ground floor): King-sized bed, en suite shower/WC, electric blinds, WiFi, safety box, garden view.
Individual heating and air conditioning available in all rooms.
Our Yoga studio is spread over open plan top floor of The Beach Retreat. It fits comfortably 8 yoga mats at one time, however, when the weather is good, we open up the sliding glass doors that surround studio and open on to the upstairs terrace that is situated up in the pine trees and yoga can also take place outside as well, thus extending the available space.
We supply mats, fleece blankets and yoga cushions (buckwheat organic). The studio is also fitted with fresh filtered water facilities and coffee/teas and herbal infusions. There is another room offset from this but adjoining and open plan with comfortable leather sofas if clients should feel the need to take time out and relax.
Food will be supplied within the package. Breakfast including croissants, jam, bread, teas/coffee, bircher muesli prepared onsite, juice shots and yoghurts with selection of milks and fresh fruits.
Lunch is a fresh buffet style lunch to include selection of salads, grain salads and cheese and bread platters, dinner is aperitif with mis en bouche prepared onsite followed by a healthy and nutritious two course meal.
All meals are prepared freshly onsite every day, we try to use local ingredients where we can as well as bio produce when we can. We try to follow a healthy Mediterranean rule for our food and do not serve any red meats only vegetables, grains, fish/seafood and occasionally chicken.
We can cater for intolerances and gluten allergies plus specific diets that need to be followed but would need advance warning of this. Severe life threatening allergies would need to be discussed as our kitchen is open plan and it would be very difficult for us to avoid cross contamination with our set up.
2 x Heated pools
Treatment room for Massage and reflexology
Tv in Lounge/Relaxation area, Bikes, Beach on doorstep.
Mikael, our resident water sports instructor can introduce you the delights of paddle boarding or the thrills of windsurfing (availability dependent on sea/weather conditions)
Many kilometres of woodland cycle paths to the beaches and the Marais provide a wonderful safe environment to enjoy the scenery and wildlife on two wheels!
Vendée is very proud of its many beaches, many of which have achieved a Blue Flag for their quality and cleanliness
The Vendée area boasts six 18-hole golf courses within an hour’s drive. Find out more
Morning or afternoon sessions in our indoor yoga studio or - weather permitting - on the beach!
Our versatile indoor studio space with professional gym padded flooring is the perfect place to work out
As well as being fun, Zumba is fantastic for toning up, boosting heart health and helping you de-stress. Our expert instructor will put you through your paces!
We offer a wide range of massages and reflexology to help you de-stress and boost your immune system
Our workshops are run by our fantastic on-site professional chef, Michelle, and focus on various aspects of healthy eating
The Vendée is positioned between two famous wine regions - north Loire Valley and south Bordeaux
Sample one of the many delicious French cheeses on offer from one of our local producers. You can even buy cheese to take home!
The nearby vineyard and local Cave (wine cellar) are the places to go for sampling exquisite local wines. They also source a range from other areas of France
Location and how to get there
La Rochelle Airport (48 km)
Nantes Airport (100km): Great motorway connection – only takes one hour