Tensions subsided after the turmoil caused by the promised use of the hotel pool by the Ouessants. The inscriptions on the walls of the new establishment have still not been linked to its author. “After reflection, I prefer not to know who did it, since it is a person who lives on the island and whom I will surely come across”, explains today Sophie Chave, owner of the hotel.
All kinds of audiences
Since this regrettable sequence, the Sport Santé Ouessant association has indeed seen the light of day, with an office composed mainly of inhabitants of the island. It is the creation of this association that made it possible to respond to the call for projects from these centers allowing the reception of people followed for a pathology. Obtaining this label (several units in Finistère) recognizes the establishment’s ability to accommodate people requiring rehabilitation through sport. “I am going to approach the Brest University Hospital to strengthen our reception of people requiring support to resume physical activity, especially for the inhabitants of Molène and Ouessant”, continues Sophie Chave.
Yoga, Nordic walking, muscle strengthening, swimming and aquatic activity (aquagym, aquabike), relaxation… All of these activities are offered to ordinary customers, excluding medical courses. The specially created association will also make it possible to launch supervised activities for the Ouessants who will be able to benefit in particular from activities in the swimming pool. “There was never any question of making the swimming pool (18 m by 3 m) and the jacuzzi area accessible to the general public. I believe that the population has understood this well today, ”underlines Sophie Chave. But to offer group activities, via specific supervision.
Can’t wait to complete a whole year
We know how difficult it is to take a transplant on the Ponant islands… The local association is, in any case, operational. The hotel is seeking to finalize the hiring of a pool supervisor for supervised aquatic activities.
The luxury hotel (equivalent to four stars) will reopen at the beginning of February (until mid-November) and is about to experience its first full year of activity. “We can’t wait to have a full year, our last buildings having been completed last December and even though we had a very nice New Year’s Eve welcoming 27 clients,” says the owner.
There remains the uncertainty of the health crisis, despite a rigorously respected protocol in this fitness center built facing the bay of Lampaul in Ouessant. The hotel currently employs three full-time equivalents and plans to increase to five as it ramps up.