The current increasing tendency to suffer from stress, triggered by a variety of reasons that include professional competitiveness, the setting of excessively high goals and the wish to keep up with the frantic pace of today’s social life, is leading travellers to choose a different kind of holiday: the wellness retreat. When booking a spa hotel for your vacation, you will normally be able to enjoy relaxation and beauty treatments, detoxifying programs, access to thalassotherapy circuits, massages and other pampering services as an addition to the usual perks of a stay away from home.
Among the benefits of using the spa and wellness facilities of your holiday hotel we count getting a toned, moisturised and rejuvenated skin that will glow when you reunite with your colleagues and clients, gaining positivity through the release of serotonin, improving your blood circulation, relieving chronic pain, recharging energies and restoring essential minerals and nutrients. Often times, even doctors prescribe a week or two at a wellness hotel in order to treat specific conditions like arthritis or back pain.
One of the countries in the world that can boast the best spa hotels is, undoubtedly, France, so we have selected our favourites for this post, which are located in Lyon, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Cannes. Our top picks feature indoor and outdoor swimming-pools, steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis, healthy meals, hair and body treatments, massages, fitness centres, heated sea-water whirl pools, turkish baths, thermal baths and thalasso circuits.
Hôtel Lyon Metropole: a 4-star spa hotel in Lyon, France
All types of travellers will feel just like at home inside the facilities of this hotel with spa in Lyon which offers comfort and prestige rooms of double occupancy –some of which feature a living area with sofa beds- and family apartments ready to accommodate adults and children. With complimentary WiFi all throughout the premises, round-the-clock reception providing babysitting, laundry and ironing services, daily breakfast buffet at the guests’ disposal and onsite restaurant, the Lyon Metropole is an excellent choice for families who also want to enjoy an outdoor olympic pool, a 2.500 square-metre spa centre, a gym and a tennis court. Furthermore, it lies within short walking distance of several bus and metro station and across the street from a bike rental office, and guests who have hired an electric vehicle for their trip can use their charging point. The city centre is only 3 kilometres away and a distance of 21,5 kilometres separates it from Saint Exupery airport.
5-star Grand Thalasso & spa hotel in France
We found this luxury thalasso hotel in the charming French town by the sea known as Saint Jean de Luz. Thanks to its proximity to the sea, visitors can not only get all the benefits of thalassotherapy but also heal the body and mind in its warm salt water pool, admire the stunning ocean views from their beds or walk less than one kilometre to the nearest beach. All confirmed guests are granted free access to the spa facilities, although specific sea-water treatments are available at an additional cost. All suites and guest rooms are soundproofed and air-conditioned, and feature complimentary wireless internet, satellite TV and private bathroom. During your stay, we recommend you indulge in the delightful cuisine served at the onsite restaurant, which has earned it a Michelin star, either at lunch or dinner time. A daily buffet-style breakfast may be included in your nightly rate.
Affordable spa hotel in Cannes, France
The Beau Sejour is a 3-star spa hotel in Cannes situated in a privileged location close to the beach as well as to some of the city’s main landmarks. Cannes Ville railway station is only 1,2 kilometres away, which makes it perfect for travellers arriving by train. Guests particularly like the garden by the pool, where they can have refreshing drinks while sunbathing, and the terrace with views also serving coffee and cocktails. All rooms feature either a terrace or a balcony and include en suite bathroom with amenities, being equipped to accommodate couples and families alike, with children under 2 years old staying in a cot free of charge. The daily continental buffet breakfast may be included in the total price, and there is free WiFi internet and parking spots available. Aside from enjoying the spa facilities, if you intend to book other wellness treatments such the Finnish sauna and therapeutic massages, you are advised to select a package rate including the stay in your hotel room plus free access to these services.