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Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa *****

43 Boulevard Thiers | 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz | France |

Top 10 of the best five-star hotels in France

Trivago National Award, 2017

Global Winner Luxury Spa Hotel

World Luxury Hotels, 2019
Le Domaine de Manville ***** Fine Dinning reward

"In the context of the mytical Grand Hotel, we enjoy a delicious cuisine willingly sea-based" (1 star)

Guide Michelin, 2018
From 160€/room


  • Very flexible Covid specific cancellation conditions
  • The lowest prices guaranted
  • Organic solar products and a Samsonite gift delivered to your home (value: 125 €)
  • Access to the kids club offered during school holidays (French calendar - C Zone)
  • Complimentary breakfast for children up to 12 years old
  • A children menu offered (lunch or dinner)
  • Complimentary room upgrade (upon availability)


  • The massages for kids
  • The countless activities
  • The awarded Thalasso & Spa centre



Located in the south-west of France, in the heart of the Basque Country, the Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa Saint-Jean-de-Luz stands proudly facing the Atlantic Ocean.

For a weekend or a family holiday, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is the destination par excellence. This renowned seaside resort, with its rich past, has preserved its traditions and its timeless charm over the centuries.

Thanks to this exceptional expertise, the Grand Hotel has just been bestowed with the “Global Winner Luxury Spa Hotel” at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2019!

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a bay, a fishing port, a pedestrian centre with activities throughout the year. But it is also an incredible geographical situation, between sea and mountain, just 10 minutes from Spain!

Easy to reach, the hotel is around 15 minutes from the airports of Biarritz (France) and Hondarrabia – San Sebastian (Spain), and also just 1 km from the Saint-Jean-de-Luz TGV station.



Built in 1900, this prestigious 5-star hotel with Art Deco architecture has recently undergone a complete renovation. The Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa offers:

  • A Michelin star restaurant
  • Two restaurants
  • 1 bistro
  • 1 lounge bar
  • 1 spa
  • 1 concierge service
  • 1 room service
  • 1 luggage service
  • 1 valet service
  • 1 private parking
  • Two meeting rooms

Your child wants to take his four-legged friend on vacation? Good news: small pets are allowed in the property!



Offering views of the ocean or the city, rooms and suites are comfortable and spacious with  soothing decor. Each room is equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, bathrobes and slippers, hospitality products, hairdryer, flat-screen TV with satellite reception and video on demand and a coffee/tea maker.

A baby cot can be installed free of charge in the Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms, the areas of which vary from 22 sqm (236 sqft) to 40 sqm (430 sqft).

The Family Rooms are ideally equipped to accommodate a couple with one or two child(ren). Enjoying a generous size of 40 sqm (430 sqft) and a view of the city, they have a bedroom with a large double bed (200x200cm) and a separate living room with a sofa bed (160cm wide). Their bathroom has a bathtub, a shower and two basins. Practical and comfortable, these rooms will make familes very happy. Little bonus: a flat screen TV is installed in the room, with another in the living room, so that adults and children can each choose their own programs!

For each member of the family to enjoy their own space, there are many options for connecting rooms. The hotel can, for example, connect a Superior City View room with a Deluxe Ocean View Room.

Staying in one of the suites of the Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa will provide you with Bvlgari cosmetics in your marble bathroom, the services of the housekeeper, and also ‘pillows’ menu.



The Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa has 1 bar and 2 restaurants, each offering varied, tasty and quality gastronomy.

At lunchtime, Badia offers you an inventive and tasty cuisine, with the accent on the South-West of France. Besides the unmissable dishes revisited (the children will enjoy the burgers, beef, Ossau-Iraty cheese, Espelette Piment ketchup, all accompanied by fries), the Chef offers suggestions of the day and two- or three-course menus at very low prices

At dinner time, the 1-star Michelin restaurant L’Océan, overseen by Chef Alexandre Soulier, welcomes you to its splendid Art Deco rotunda overlooking the sea and opening on to a majestic terrace. You will discover French cuisine inspired by the sea and Basque traditions. Do not miss the signature dishes such as oyster candy jelly filled with lemon confit and celery.

The Bistrot Badia and L’Océan restaurant each offer a detox menu and dietary suggestions. This innovative culinary approach puts the emphasis on vegetables, without excess fat to advocate a return to a natural and balanced diet that is lactose and gluten-free.

The Clipper Bar is a cosy, warm, British-style area with a panoramic view of the blue ocean. You will taste some famous cocktails, as well as some more audacious creations. Served at any time of day, tea-time will satisfy all the sweet desires of small and big ones.

The Hotel’s family programme has also placed great emphasis on gastronomy for children. A special children’s menu is available at l’Océan restaurant or even in your room, from breakfast to dinner. The choice of food is adapted and the hotel regularly takes into account the opinions of children to compose menus.


  • Baby-club
  • Kids-club
  • Teens activities
  • Sports activities
  • Kid's excursions
  • Crafts
  • Games and books
  • Connecting rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Kid's menu
  • Allergen-free menu
  • Welcome gift
  • Emergency baby bottle
  • Bottle warmers
  • Baby phone
  • Baby cosmetics
  • Baby bath
  • Baby cribs
  • Stroller
  • Baby chair
  • Emergency pacifier
  • Shuttle with baby seat
  • Potty
  • Kid's shop
  • Lifeguard
  • Nearby Hospital
  • Nearby doctor




At the Grand Hotel, children receive special treatment all the time. The hotel is very proud to welcome families and offers a multitude of activities for young and old.

As soon as they arrive, the children will receive a welcome surprise!

During the French school holidays, a play area is open to all children from 4 to 12 years old, from 10 am to 6 pm. They will be supervised by qualified instructors. On the programme: creative activities, entertainment, games and shows! Many customers on the web have praised this area and the professionalism of the animators.

During the months of July and August, your children have the opportunity to experience a unique experience at the Petit Chipi, the children’s club on the beach at the foot of the hotel. Is your child 3 to 16 years old? Good news! He will be able to participate in all activities and make friends, all supervised by qualified staff. The smaller ones will be able to play ball, make sandcastles and use slides, while teens will turn to swim or beach soccer.

Rates of Petit Chipi:

– 6€/hour
– 15€/morning (from 10 am to 1 pm)
– 20€/afternoon (3 to 7 pm)
– 30€/day (from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm)

Your children also benefit from fully adapted massages in the thalasso area. These massages are reserved for children aged 6 to 12 and last between 20 and 50 minutes. A massage of the scalp, hands and feet and ‘water awakening’, there is a wide choice and the prices are democratic! Parents must be with their children during the care sessions.

The hotel also provides a babysitting service (25€/hour), beds and baby equipment, books and games to take with you to your room, and a specially trained doctor if needed.



The fishing port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz is located between Biarritz and the Spanish border, on the Atlantic coast. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area and there are plenty of ideas for walks.

3 min walk – La Promenade Jacques Thibault is an extremely pleasant walk to relax and enjoy the sea air, with your family. Many beautiful villas to observe, not to mention the fishing boats off!

5 min on foot – The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, located on the rue Léon Gambetta, is definitely worth a visit. Equipped with a true Basque personality with its wooden balconies, the church immerses you in a true atmosphere of meditation. Not to be missed: the gilded wooden altarpiece, with its statues and richly decorated columns.

8 min on foot – On the Boulevard Victor Hugo stands Les Halles, a market that honours Basque agriculture. Discover chorizo ​​with Espelette chilli, hams, fish, crustaceans, local cheeses, sheep cheeses and the essential salads of Basque pork. It is the ideal place to stock up on good products before going for a picnic on the beach with the kids.

8 min walk – Movie fans, why not discover the latest fashionable films at Cinéma Le Sélect on the Boulevard Victor Hugo. On the programme: mainstream films, 3D screenings and children’s films.

12 min on foot – On the harbour, your children will love the Grand Manège and the karting track of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, open from 11 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 8 pm and even until 11 pm in summer. A friendly and warm welcome.

20 min on foot – The port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz welcomes its colourful fishing boats in a typically Basque-style atmosphere. The harbour is home to many trawlers destined for western Africa and the Atlantic coasts of North America, but pleasure boating is becoming more and more popular. A magnificent view of the Rhune.

25 min on foot – Le Sentier du Littoral starts from the port, following the promenade of the beach until the Pointe Sainte Barbe, or even to Erromardie. The views of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Spain and Biarritz are worth a visit! You can walk, run, or cycle, all in an exotic atmosphere. No special difficulty for children.

30 min on foot – If you want to have fun with your family, Toro Piscine Labat is a great place to be, a 1h 30 minute hour show in the Ermardy arena with games and cowboys. The show takes place every Sunday and Wednesday in the summer at 9:30 pm. A change of scenery is guaranteed!



The first place you want to visit when you unpack your luggage at the Grand Hotel is, of course, the Thalasso & Spa Loreamar centre. The decoration is extremely refined, combining daylight with exotic woods, the iridescent blue of the columns with the golden yellow of the vaults, the gray and white marble with the elegant brick of the ceilings. Imagine yourself in the sea kingdom of the Greek god Poseidon. Medical cures are developed by specialists. Do not miss the 31-degree multi-level heated seawater pool, multi-sensory shower and fitness room including a private coaching room.

Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the gym, as well as private aquagym, running, aqua training and cardio strengthening classes. These courses are complimentary and organized for groups of 1 to 3 people. A reservation at the hotel spa is required.

Lovers of Golf? We highly recommend the mythical Golf de Chantaco, located on the road to Ascain, about 10 minutes drive from the hotel. Why this golf course rather than the other courses nearby? Because the 18 holes are perfectly located and were designed by the famous British architect Harry Colt, and many champions have passed through here, including Raymond and Jean Garaïalde, Bernard Pascassio and Catherine Lacoste. The course is varied, technical and very well maintained. Do not miss the Club House and its Art Deco decoration!

Along the Grande Plage, on the Jacques Thibault promenade, stands the majestic Casino Joa. Many games are available, including poker games throughout the year, slot machines, electronic roulette and all the most popular card games. The machines are recent and varied. The reception is friendly, without being too stuffy. The staff has a good sense of humour, and children are welcome with independent access to the casino, without an identity check.

What about Basque gastronomy? Little guilty pleasures are legion in this region, where the kitchen is queen. Discover Bayonne ham, Basque black pork cured meats (lomos, sausages and other chorizos) and complete it with the tasting of a delicious hard sheep cheese served with a cherry jam. Other specialities: piperade, veal axoa and marmitako. An entire programme! Do not miss the local wines such as Irouleguy and Izarra brandy – Izarra means star in Basque, and it is a liquor made from plants and spices, walnut husk, prunes and Armagnac.




  • 24/24 check-in
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Beauty salon
  • Boutique
  • Concierge
  • Pets friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Valet parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • WiFi


  • Conference room
  • Fitness room
  • Hammam
  • Indoor Pool
  • Parking
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Thalassotherapy


  • Animations
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Paddle
  • Scuba diving
  • Sport activities
  • Surf
  • Yoga



Sophie, 33 years old, married, mother of Achille, 2-and-a-half-years old, from Brussels



For a long time, I dreamed of discovering the Basque Country. Last year, my husband came back delighted with a trip he had made to Biarritz and since then he has been boasting about the beauty of this region, nestled between the sea and the mountains. The Easter holidays were fast approaching and we needed a break after this endless winter!



With two other couples, we decided to rent a house in Biarritz. Six adults and five children: a hell of a gang! But as I like to have my comfort and I love to share family moments with my man and my little son, we chose to escape for three nights in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

We landed in Bordeaux. This allowed us to discover magical places such as Arcachon Bay, Cap Ferret and Dune du Pyla.

As soon as we entered the lobby of the hotel, we were warmly welcomed with a refreshing cocktail of mint-lemon-grenadine, served with some sweets. Mmmmh, it felt good!

We opted for a Family Suite. Located on the first floor, this suite features a large terrace and beautiful ocean views. What better way to enjoy the good air? The suite was very spacious and divided into two main areas: the bedroom and living room, where a comfortable sofa bed allowed my son Achille to enjoy restful nights. To preserve the intimacy of the parents, a fine curtain separates the living room from the bedroom.

In the bathroom, Bulgari welcome products were waiting for us on the sink next to the large bathtub (very convenient for bathing children after long days at the beach).


As a welcome gift, my son received a chocolate lollipop, cookies and a stuffed chipiron. The chipiron is a variety of squid from the Basque Coast, which gave its name to the children’s club of the Grand Hotel: “The Little Chipi”. Special mention for this nice ‘fair trade’ quality gift, produced to respect everyone: for each one sold, the brand donates some of its profits to an association that’s fighting against poverty affecting children in south-east Asia.

We were starving when we arrived and the hotel restaurant was closed in the middle of the afternoon. So I called room service, which brought me a generous platter of cheese and charcuterie, mozzarella di bufala, that we all shared in the living room of our suite. Convenient!


“The Family Suite has a large terrace and a magnificent view of the ocean”



Who says holiday…often says aperitifs and hearty meals as well, so I was delighted to discover that the Grand Hotel offered supervised sports activities. Shortly after our arrival, there was a water aerobics session given by a sports coach in the indoor pool. In a snap of my fingers, I lowered all the electric shutters of the suite and sent my man and my son to bed for a well-deserved nap! As for me, I put on my best jersey to enjoy 45 minutes of sport. I enjoyed the session and the teacher’s help so much that I signed up for the aquabike session the next morning. I was to be there accompanied by my husband, while our son Achille had a good time with the hotel’s baby-sitter (25€/hour).

Our first day ended quietly with a nice walk near the water, before going for a walk in the pretty town center of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and ended in a restaurant serving local people Basque specialties. After a digestive walk back to our hotel, it was time to fall asleep to the sound of the waves…  


“I was delighted to discover that the Grand Hotel offered supervised sports activities”



When I travel to a hotel, I like to take the time to enjoy my family breakfast and succumb to sweet temptations. The breakfast buffet at the Grand Hotel is divine and varied. Between Basque biscuits, fresh fruits, eggs … there is something for everyone. A little something extra for the kids, a honeycomb that comes directly from a beehive!

On this beautiful day in April, the weather was excellent and we decided to visit the surroundings of the hotel. After a walk in the picturesque center of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and a small train ride through the streets of the city, we took the road to the Saint-Ignace pass.

It is at this point, located about 10 kilometres from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, that the famous Train de la Rhune starts. In 35 minutes, this authentic rack railway dating from 1924 takes you to 905 metres high and offers a panorama of the French and Spanish coasts as well as the Pyrenees. Once at the top, charming wild ponies welcome you for hugs and unforgettable photo shoots. An exotic experience, tailor-made for children, that I recommend.

In the afternoon, we returned to the hotel to enjoy its facilities. The swimming pool is accessible to children between 12h and 14h and between 18h-20h – Achille took advantage of his new buoys and swimming goggles!

In the evening, we booked a table at the Michelin-starred restaurant of the Grand Hôtel: l’Océan. We love gastronomy, but usually we never take our three-year-old son to a starred restaurant, lest the clientele be too “restrained” and the dishes not suitable for young taste buds. Here, there was none of that! The chef adapted to my little boy’s cravings and the ambiance of the restaurant was chic and laid-back.

“The swimming pool is accessible to children between 12h and 14h and between 18h-20h”



We could not stay at the Grand Hotel without indulging in the benefits of the spa. The center of Thalasso & Spa Loreamar is one of the best in the region and enjoys sea water with its recognized properties. Set on the beach, the spa offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. The decoration is sober and warm, the light soft. On site, a team of professionals: osteopath, acupuncturist, naturopath, beauticians, masseurs, hydrotherapists…

I opted for a remodeling session of 50 minutes (110€), while my husband was tempted by a hot stone massage lasting 80 minutes (160€). A bonus that reflects the great interest that the hotel takes in families, the spa menu offers no fewer than six treatments for children, from 3 to 16 years. Thus, our son Achille had the chance to indulge in a 30-minutes aquatic awakening session (30€, reserved for 3-6 years old). In the indoor seawater pool, a super-nice therapist taught him to become familiar with the joys of water.

It was therefore in total relaxation that our well-being stay at the Grand Hotel ended. We left the establishment with a light spirit and relaxed bodies, with only one desire: to come back for a longer thalassotherapy cure.


“The spa offers no less than 6 treatments reserved for children from 3 to 16 years old”



Note that during the months of July and August, ‘Le Petit Chipi’, the Beach Children’s Club of the Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa, welcomes children from 3 to 16 years old and benefits from qualified staff. An ideal setting for learning to swim – indeed, experienced lifeguards offer individual swimming lessons. The lessons are held in the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz just in front of the ‘Petit Chipi’ (in calm waters).

All year long, during the French school holidays, the Grand Hotel transforms one of its most beautiful meeting rooms into children’s clubs. An assistant is responsible for entertaining your little ones, safely.



  • Rate: €25/hour/child


  • Check-in: From 3 P.M.
  • Check-out: Until noon

Closing dates

  • The hotel will open its door on the 1st of July 2020

Petit Chipi (kids club)

  • Age: From 3 to 16 years old
  • Opening hours: From 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. and from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M.
  • Tarif : €6/hour; €15/morning; €20/afternoon; €30/day

Spa programme

  • The Thalasso & Spa Loreamar programme.
  • Opening hours: Every day from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.
  • Access to children: Under 16 years old, every day from 1 P.M. to 2.30 P.M. and from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.


  • Closest airport: Biarritz, France (15′); €50
  • Closest train station: Saint-Jean-de-Luz (2′); €15

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