Whether you’re skiing in the French Alps, sipping wine in Provence or sunbathing on the Côte d’Azur, these spa hotels across France will leave you feeling restored.
France is known for many things, including timeless style, classical art, and gourmet cheese and wine. Now, thanks to this guide, we can add fabulous spa hotels. Take your pick from properties with Turkish baths, diamond-dust facials and head massages. Whether you’ve spent your day on the slopes, swimming in the Mediterranean or exploring elegant Paris, finish it off in one of these luxurious spas.
On the snowy slopes of Flaine is the vibrant and funky Terminal Neige Totem. Focussed on skiers, the Spa by Pure Altitude is the ideal retreat after a day on the mountain; treat yourself to the Le Totem, a sports massage. Unwind in the sauna, nap in the relaxation area and soak in the large outdoor jacuzzi with views of the snowy peaks. There is a small fee to use the facilities, but it’s included for upgraded room types.
Dozing in the dreamy French countryside in Baron, in a converted 16th-century building, is La Maison D’Ulysse. Take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, surrounded by wild gardens filled with the scent of flowers and cool shadows of oak trees. In the spa, Eastern-style relaxation is the name of the game. Get rid of toxins in the Turkish bath, quiet your mind practising yoga poolside with Brigitte, and let go of your worries while experiencing an hour-long massage with William.
The pristine spa at Lou Pinet in Saint-Tropez is stocked with high-end organic Tata Harper products. An intimate space at the end of a lush garden, it also boasts a hammam and a skylit fitness room with a trainer available by request. Enjoy the Lomi Lomi massage, which is a traditional Hawaiian massage with flowing movements. Afterwards, spend a perfect afternoon on a sun lounger next to the heated pool while sipping a cocktail.
The elegant Hôtel Cap Estel sits on a 2ha (5 acre) peninsula in Èze, offering striking Mediterranean Sea views throughout the property. The indoor heated pool features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea, as do the spa treatment rooms, sauna, eucalyptus steam room and fitness centre. The Sothys Spa caters to your individual needs; a must-try is the 11-step Secret Signature for the face and body, using rose stem cells and flower oil.
What’s more relaxing than a wellness-orientated hotel? A wellness-orientated hotel a sparkling tipple in hand. See the best hotels in the Champagne region and book your stay with Culture Trip.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Sylvia Edwards Davis.
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