Spas, thermal spas and wellness centres in Provence
Provence is an ideal place to experience the benefits of thermal baths, spas and wellness centres thanks to the presence of the sea, lavender and excellent natural treatments.
A trip to Provence is a mix of colours, scenic roads, natural wonders, picturesque villages and well-being.
Well-being that can be interpreted as beauty for the eyes with the splendid landscapes that you can admire, as a taste for the palate thanks to first-class gastronomy, but also as relaxation, massages and aroma therapy.
Why not treat yourself to a break in one of the many wellness centres and spas? Provence is an ideal place to be pampered thanks to the sea, lavender and excellent natural treatments.
Naturally, lavender is the main ingredient in the treatments and wellness programmes at Provence spas.
Lavender baths and massages provide pleasant pampering that strengthens body and soul, ideal after days of wandering around villages and museums.
At the Etablissement Thermal in Digne-les-Bains, for example, you can enjoy a hot thermal bath with lavender essential oil.
Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche
Lovers of luxury can stay at the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche near Tourrette, 20 minutes from Cannes: here, you can indulge in L’Escape Provençale, or olive oil and lavender massages, rosemary and honey masks, and Camargue salt scrubs for 110 minutes of pure relaxation.
At the Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa honey, lemon, verbena and lavender are used for treatments fit for kings for an afternoon of total well-being. In addition to the goodness of the wellness centre, you can enjoy the Provençal atmosphere in this former convent of the nuns of Minimes, not far from Mane, built in 1613 for the study of local plants. It is also a hotel, so you can treat yourself to an entire regenerating stay.
For a luxury stay in the Luberon, there is Les Bories & Spa, a 5-star hotel set in 8 hectares of olive trees, cypresses, lavender fields and aromatic gardens. It is ideal for recharging your batteries with nature and a wellness centre with two swimming pools, spa, sauna and hammam, herbal tea room, fitness room and tennis court.
Lastly, we recommend Auberge de Cassagne & Spa on the outskirts of Avignon: this divine Provençal mansion will amaze you with its terraces and flower-filled courtyards, its spa with indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and chromotherapeutic shower. But above all for the Soin à la lavande, a warm compress with bags of Provençal herbs and flowers and a massage with lavender oil to relax the muscles. Divine!
Wellness centres in Provence do not rely exclusively on lavender, but draw on a centuries-old tradition of using plants, flowers, herbs and products of the earth.
You’ll be spoilt for choice and many hotels include charming spas to pamper their guests.
Immersed in an ancient Roman atmosphere at Thermes Sextius, you can enjoy a wide range of treatments to choose from, such as Zen massages, Camargue salt scrubs and propolis treatments. In addition, the hotel offers anti-cellulite treatments, remodelling and back programmes along with prodigious facials for true and exclusive rituals of youth.
Exclusive atmospheres, on the other hand, at the Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo, where in addition to the classic treatments there is also a little madness: a diamond powder and gold cream massage that will leave your skin rejuvenated.
In the Hostellerie Berard et Spa in the enchanting medieval town of La Cadière d’Azur, you can not only soak up the Provençal atmosphere and enjoy the best examples of gourmet cuisine, but above all relax in the AromaSpa, a 500 m2 space where you can enjoy balneotherapy, chromotherapy, aromatherapy, muscotherapy, sauna, hammam and remodelling massages.
To feel completely in tune with the Camarguese spirit, you can stay at the Auberge Chevalier du Pont des Bannes, where you sleep in cabanes, an elegant reinterpretation of the drovers’ huts. The hotel has a fabulous spa and you can also sample the gastronomic specialities of the region.
If, on the other hand, you love social life and luxury, then you can relax at the Lancaster Spa at the Hotel Martinez, one of the most elegant hotels in Cannes, overlooking the Croisette!
Thalassotherapy is a combination of the beneficial effects of the marine climate and the healing properties of water:
the skin absorbs mineral elements
the water activates a mechanical massage
the thermal action regulates blood circulation by relaxing and toning
Provence is full of centres that use water as a regenerating element and a stay of a few hours will allow you to enjoy its extraordinary benefits.
The thermal resort of Gréoux-les-Bains, the village that has been dubbed ‘the romantic oasis of the Verdon’: 28,000 square metres mainly for medical purposes, with pools, treatment rooms and wraps. Don’t miss the kaolin bath, where white clay combines with thermal water to erase stress and muscle tension. www.greoux-les-bains.com
In Cannes, we find Therme Marins: no less than 2700 square metres and 46 cabins dedicated to anti-ageing and anti-stress treatments based on the active principles of seawater. Moreover, the facility is located in a panoramic position directly on the harbour and will give you moments of relaxation with its refined materials such as wood, silks, velvets and mosaics in an elegant style. www.lesthermesmarins-cannes.com
Also in the magical setting of Hyères you will find Thalassa Sea & Spa Hyères, where you can undergo pleasant treatments or a healthy laze in the thermal pool.
In one of Provence’s most pleasant seaside resorts, Bandol, is the Thalazur Thalassothérapie & Spa, attached to the 4-starHotel Ile Rousse Bandol on the Bay of Renècros. In a relaxing zen ambience, you can indulge in the indoor heated seawater pool and treatment with effusion showers, jet showers and hydromassage.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for peace and quiet, surrounded by nature and in a truly unique setting, you can book at the Thalacap Camargue: the thalassotherapy centre offers specific programmes such as algotherapy, sophrology, pressotherapy and iontophoresis in addition to all the classic treatments of a spa.
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