Top 5 spa resorts and spa villages

Waters of Evian, photo by Erik Charlton/flickr

Nowadays everyone lives a stressful life. Spending your holiday in a spa resort or spa village is one of the best methods to get rid of stress and relax. France is home of dozens of spa villages and resorts. There are luxurious resorts and also charming little villages in the country. Whatever you prefer, you will be amazed by the numerous facilities that are offered in these resorts. To help you find the perfect place for your spa holiday, in the following article there will be presented the top 5 spa resorts and villages in France. Whether you choose a resort or a little spa village, you will surely be satisfied of the accommodation, the numerous spa and wellness facilities, the peaceful atmosphere and the friendly specialists you will be served by.

 

Les Sources des Caudalie

 

Les Sources de Caudalie is the first Vinotherapie Spa, being located in an environment of rare beauty surrounded by vineyards, nearby Bordeaux. It offers a range of spa treatments that combine the benefits of warm spring water rich in minerals with the latest scientific findings on the benefits of the vine and its grapes. The five-star hotel of Les Sources de Caudalie Spa is situated on the grounds of the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Estate, overlooking fantastic vineyards. The wonderful place gives the treatment rooms a peaceful atmosphere. After the treatments made by Vinotherapie experts, you will be refreshed and more relaxed. The treatments include red wine baths, barrel baths, Merlot wraps, crushed Cabernet scrub and Sauvignon massage. The resort also features two restaurants and a bar.

 

Evian-les-Bains

 

The elite spa resort, Evian-les-Bains is situated in the northern part of the Haute-Savoie department, in the Rhône-Alpes region, in south-eastern France. It is located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Until the beginning of the 19th century, the springs of Evian were unknown. In 1807 and 1808 a scientist analyzed the waters of the springs and discovered the curative qualities of the mineral waters. After this the waters began to be used for medical purposes. Today this popular resort attracts many people for its curative waters, which have been bottled as drinking water for years. The thermal spas of Evian offer several treatment packages. There are luxurious hotels in the resort, Evian being one of the top resorts in Europe.

 

Waters of Evian, photo by Erik Charlton/flickr

 

Alet-les-Bains

 

It is a spa village situated in the Aude department, in southern France. Alet-les-Bains‘ thermal spa is not an upscale resort. This charming village features medieval and Roman architectural examples. It was once a fortified town, having an abbey. Natural springs here were known since ancient times and attracted the Romans. According to local legend, even Nostradamus favored the water here. In 1886 the French Ministry of Health granted official authorization to bottle the water. The spa at Alet-Les-Bains is open from the 1st of May to the 30th of September, daily from 7:00 to 13:00, except Sunday. Spa waters here are considered to be effective for the treatment of digestive disorders and metabolic afflictions. The treatments include dips in the thermal spa waters, sauna, hydro-massage bath and massages.

 

Vichy

 

It is known as a spa and resort town situated in the heart of the Bourbon Mountains, in the department of Allier, in central France. The waters of Vichy have been famous since the Roman times for their beneficial virtues. Today, Vichy welcomes about 13.000 visitors yearly who take the waters for different therapeutic reasons: rheumatology or gastro-enterology. There is also a dermatological practice service here. There are several four- or five-star hotels in the resort. The treatment facilities include the following: hydrotherapy treatments, such as the famous Vichy shower with apricot oil massages, warm spa mud and thermal alga, multi jet baths and jet showers. These will surely help you relax and refresh your body.

 

Aerial view of Vichy, photo by jean-louis zimmermann/flickr

 

Dax

 

The enchanting village of Dax was the first spa village in France. Today about 60.000 people use the beneficial virtues of the village’s ancient waters each year. It is situated closely to the Pyrenees and the Atlantic coast. The thermal springs and mud baths of Dax have been famous for the cure of rheumatism since Roman times, when it was known as Aquae Tarbellicae.

 

Fountain in Dax, photo by fredpanassac/flickr

 

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