February 12, 2016

Treat yourself to a countryside spa break in France – Image by Flickr user © Unique Hotels

After the long winter months, I often feel like I need a pick-me-up. What with the kids, work and the million other things on my plate, I have to recharge before launching into summer. It just so happens that I’ve discovered the best way to do this – a spa break. Once a year, I book a few days, or a week (if I can spare that long!), at a spa in France, giving me some much needed ‘me time’. I try to pick a new place each year, and love spending my time relaxing in the spa, eating good food and exploring the surrounding area. I highly recommend it!

If you’re in need of a bit of French-style R&R, here are my favourite spots for a countryside spa break in France.

Château des Vigiers

Where is it: Monestier

Chateau des Vigiers is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards.
Chateau des Vigiers is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards. – Image by Flickr user © Thierry Ehrmann

 Château des Vigiers is a hotel, golf club and beauty and wellness centre, set amongst the Dordogne’s rolling hills and vineyards. The 16th century building is everything you’d expect from a French château, with its vine-covered walls and manicured lawns, and the beauty and wellness centre is everything you’d expect from a luxury spa, and more. The salt scrub and re-mineralising face treatments were two of my favourites.

Les Trésoms Lake Resort and Spa

Where is it: Annecy

Beautiful Lake Annecy
Beautiful Lake Annecy. – Image by Flickr user © Tim Ford

Nestled between Lake Annecy and the Massif des Bauges Regional Nature Park is Les Trésoms Lake Resort and Spa. There are so many luxurious treatments available, including essential oil massages and Scandinavian sauna sessions, that you could happily stay within the resort for days. However, if you do feel like venturing out, there are lots of walking trails in the park and around the lake.

La Clairière Bio and Spa Hotel

Where is it: La Petite Pierre

I went to La Clairière Bio and Spa Hotel several years ago, but there are so many reasons why I’d love to go again. Located in the heart of the Natural Park of the Northern Vosges in Alsace, this spa hotel offers traditional holistic treatments (Naturopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda), special programs (detox, yoga, weight loss) and a restaurant that serves up nutritious food and local wine.

Le Chalet du Mont Vallon Spa Resort

Where is it: Les Menuires

Les Menuires, the setting for Le Chalet du Mont Vallon Spa Resort.
Les Menuires, the setting for Le Chalet du Mont Vallon Spa Resort. – Image by Flickr user © Dieter Deramoudt

If you like to mix your relaxation with adventure, then Le Chalet du Mont Vallon Spa Resort is for you. Situated in Les Trois Vallées, this ‘ski in, ski out’ resort is perfect for snow lovers who want to unwind after a hard day on the slopes. Rejuvenate your skin with a seawater pearls treatment, relax with an Ayurvedic-inspired massage or enjoy a refreshing facial.

Plan your countryside spa break today

With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can get from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes. From there, relaxation is an easy drive away.

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