What is a holiday if not a chance to relax? Once you’ve stretched your legs, skipped the queues and avoided lengthy waits by travelling with Eurotunnel why not keep up the winding down with a well-earned break in one of France’s many spa towns?
You don’t have to travel far to find somewhere to enjoy a good pampering and escape the grind of the working week. Let Eurotunnel be your guide as we take you through some of our recommendations for top weekend spa breaks in France.
This commune, just 14km from the centre of Paris, was founded after an 18th Century priest discovered a hot sulphur spring near the lake of Enghien.
Thankfully things have moved on since the time when the area was just a warm marsh and now you can enjoy all the pleasures of an exclusive relaxing spa.
The website boldly claims that you can lose as much as 5cm of your waistline during your time there and there is a huge variety of therapy programmes and facilities to help you achieve your goal, whether it is shifting the pounds or just melting into a soft sea of calm.
The complex boasts 24 treatment rooms, a beauty bar, which offers everything from manicures to massages, and enough pools and saunas for you to lose yourself in.
Cost: The spa has two luxury hotels which you can book along with your treatment. A two-day programme to revive your tone and vitality beings at 400 €.
It turns out bottled water isn’t just good for drinking – you can bathe in it too. The picturesque commune of Vittel is situated in the Lorraine region of northeast France.
Get straight to the source of the world famous mineral water at the thermal spa, with a range of rejuvenating therapies on offer (though we wouldn’t recommend drinking from the swimming pool).
Give your body an all-over service with programmes including hydrotherapy, detoxification and stress removal and seaweed wraps; Therapy treatments focus on every area, from your face to your hands and feet.
If you do fancy a trip out after a hard-day’s unwinding the nearby town is a popular tourist destination in its own right, with annual festivals, a casino and a golf course amongst the attractions.
Cost: There is a range of prices for the different services, but you can buy a package of 15, including sauna, aquajets and Jacuzzi from 75 €.
The town of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux grew on the site of an ancient monastery in northern France, near the border with Belgium. The nearby spa is situated on the edge of a national forest and offers exceptionally beautiful surroundings in which to take a therapy break.
The natural thermal spring at the spa has been know about for centuries and water temperatures have been recorded as high as 26.2˚C. Locals claim the minerals in the water, particularly the high sulphur content, make it an ideal treatment for joint conditions such as rheumatism.
The surrounding forest offers an excellent opportunity for exercise in the fresh air, with 450km of paths and tracks running through it.
The spa’s proximity to the coast also provides access to thalassotherapy, the use of sea water in treatments, which has been popular in France in the 19th Century. Through this process the spa targets three main conditions – musculoskeletal disorders, skin problems and respiratory allergies.
Cost: Prices vary with treatment and season, check the website for the latest deals, including overnight accommodation.
This commune in the Orne department of northwest France is famous for its hydrotherapic baths and the legends which surround them.
Rumoured to have given miraculous health boosts to notable figures ranging from the local lord’s horse to King Arthur, the prestigious waters have played host to such historical figures as Alexandre Dumas, the Prince of Greece and even the Maharani of Kapurthala.
For this reason Bagnoles-de-l’Orne markets itself as a combined spa and resort, with a busy cultural calendar of exhibitions, theatre, music and lectures.
The spa itself offers specialist thermal treatment for phlebological (surrounding veins), rheumatological and gynaecological conditions. Visitors can also experience the latest trend in exercise, Nordic walking, which claims to burn as many calories as jogging with less of the negative effects.
Cost: Specialist packages can be booked with varying prices, check out the website for details. A basic day of four treatments costs from 49 €.
Nestled in the heart of southern Vogues, Plombières-les-Bains claims to be Europe’s anti-stress city.
The hot springs were first discovered by the Romans and, similarly to Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, over time they have played host to a variety of notable figures from history including Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoléon III and Berlioz.
As a result the area is steeped in history and guided tours can be arranged directly from the spa if you want to take a break from your treatment.
The resort itself offers a range of packages focussed on various ailments, including muscle conditions, digestive disorders and joint pains. Of course you can just relax and enjoy the therapeutic spa facilities, which include hot pools, massage rooms and sauna.
Cost: The spa offers a number of weekend packages, including a special low cost one which starts at 29 € per person per night.
Remember, just because you’ve only got two days to get away doesn’t mean you can’t relax. Grab your bathing suit and hop on the Eurotunnel to start your French weekend spa break today.