Spas in France

What better way to spend a spa vacation than relaxing in the lap of luxury? France offers many opportunities to enjoy the "bon vivre," or good life: from the lavish castles in the Loire valley to the glitzy beaches of Cannes to the wineries of Bordeaux to the healing waters of Lourdes.

France is a country of ingenuity despite its strong ties to the past, and this trait has shown itself in its spa culture. French spas have taken the old ideas of thalassotherapy and balneotherapy and created new treatments with a French flair. Vinotherapy combines the virtues of naturally warm spring water, rich in minerals and trace elements, with vine and grape extracts, which are said to combat aging and help circulation.

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