I was lucky enough to escape to Trouville-Sur-Mer this weekend. The village is a fisherman village in Normandy. In its heyday artists and writers flocked to the seaside town and I can still see why. This time of year Trouville is a tranquil, sleepy village but I can imagine that in the summer it is a very different scene, I am sure tourists make full use of the Casino of an evening and long, hot, summer days could be spent on their sandy beaches. We stayed at the chic Cures Marines Hotel decorated by Interior Designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.
Trouville is still an active fishing village and it is definitely worth exploring the fish market if you are a seafood lover. Some of the stalls even have wine pairings on display which I thought is a lovely touch. If you walk through the village you will find many seafood brasseries opposite the port which are perfect for a spot of lunch.
After a day exploring we headed down to the Hotel pool. Thalassotherapy is where the trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide found in seawater are believed to be absorbed through the skin. These properties are meant to have beneficial effects on the body. The pool and spa area at the Cures Marines Hotel has been designed beautifully – I adore a stripy interior. I would definitely recommend taking some time to unwind in one of their pools filled with the warming, natural sea water or, why not go all out and book your self in for one of the spa treatments?
Thanks to the regenerative power of sea water and increasingly tailored treatments, the thalassotherapy of tomorrow is about healing the mind as well as the body.
I always feel a bit lazy if I eat in the restaurant of the hotel I am staying at rather than explore what the area has to offer, but having seen some mouthwatering images of the cuisine at the Cures Marines 1912 restaurant we reserved a table for the Saturday evening and it really did not disappoint.
Tip – if tables are available I would ask to be seated downstairs in the restaurant. The incredible high ceilings which feature images from the original sea bathing in black and white and an elaborate, giant gilded mirror really add to the whole ambience of the evening.
The presentation of the food was second to none and the staff were friendly and attentive. My 2 course meal turned into 6 courses as the waiters surprised us with little dishes in between each course. If you have read any of our afternoon tea reviews you will have noticed that I have a massive sweet tooth so the desserts were of course my favourite part of the meal. To my delight, whilst we waited for the bill some more complementary cakes were brought out to us.
Many of the buildings around Trouville are of the Second Empire architectural design and the amount of detailing in some of the grander looking buildings along the seafront is incredible.
Trouville is close to Deauville and Hon Fleur which are both places that are worth exploring if you have the time.
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