POMPEIAN BATHS' CABINS

 Inspired by Roman baths, this sea bathing area and its cabins were designed in 1923 by the architect Charles Adda. In the same year, he created the unique Planches promenade, extending for 643 m along the seaside. Enjoy modern architecture, pure lines and mosaic décor…a refined universe with atria, a fountain, galleries…

Pompeian baths© Patrice Le Bris
© Sandrine Boyer Engel
© Béatrice Augier

BEACH CABINS, THREE DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERES

 

The 450 Pompeian baths’ cabins of Deauville, spread out 9 Art deco-architecture courts, can be rented for one day, one week, one month or for the whole season.

You can choose among three options: beach side on the famous Boardwalk, boulevard side with the shallow inside pools and bathing courtyard side, with the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties. Reservations open every year in January at the “Établissement des bains de mer”.

Enjoy modern architecture, pure lines and mosaic décor…a refined universe with atria, a fountain, galleries…

Paddling pools situated in the internal courts (behind the Boardwalk) are exclusively reserved to children and for their favourite activity: splashing about under the supervision of parents…Extra clean water: a basin is equipped with a permanent water-filtering system; in the other, water is changed every day!

© Béatrice Augier

HISTORY

 

As many seaside resorts, Deauville has based its reputation on sea bathing with healing effects. Since 1860, when the city was founded, several hydrotherapy facilities have been established in Deauville. In 1921, the Parisian architect Charles Adda (1873-1938) won a competition organized by the municipality of Deauville to replace the bathing establishment, which was highly deteriorated at the time. His innovating project called Pompeian baths took inspiration from ancient models, preserving a close relationship with modernity through engraved lines and the use of concrete. A notable mosaics decor breaks the monotony of concrete. 250 cabins, including 50 luxurious cabins, placed in two districts, are designed. The establishment project also includes a network of galleries with porticoes, sweating and massage rooms, a hammam, an American bar, a hairdressing salon and some shops. As the Pompeian baths have a low and horizontal structure, guests can see the horizon from the casino terrace.  This project, immediately adopted, was implemented and inaugurated on July 5th 1924, in the presence of Denise Grey. On that day, she was dressed up like Undine, and had a bath in the basin of the bathing courtyard.