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
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
Les Trésoms Lake Resort and Spa
Where is it: 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. – 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.