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Rejuvenation is essential for your next family vacation! Step through the doors of these six magnificent hotels in France, all of which feature exceptional wellness centres that can accommodate your toddlers and teenagers for a well-deserved thalasso weekend. On the agenda: relaxing massage, facial care and manicure, all between two early learning workshops offered at the children’s club.
Little Guest (luxury hotels collection for families) has selected for you the best spa hotels in France, whose services and facilities are also available to the youngest epicureans, including infants, toddlers and teenagers. These include mother/daughter and father/son care in one of the most beautiful villages in Provence; mother/baby treatments on the shores of Lake Geneva; and special treatments for the sensitive skin of teenagers on the beach of Canet-en-Roussillon. Who said the thalasso experience was only for adults? Let’s take a closer look at the six kids-friendly spa addresses that have become a must-visit in the French Hexagon!
In the smoothness of the Island of Beauty
It’s under the Corsican sun that lays the Hôtel Don César *****, majestic wellness-oriented institution overlooking the Bay of Porto-Vecchio. This high-end resort nested in a luxurious vegetation provides an exceptionnal journey for those willing to discover the Southern part of the island and its multiple treasures. But what makes the Don César stands up above all the others is its famous NUXE spa (the only one in Southern Corsica), whose collaboration with the notorious natural cosmetic brand allows copious amounts of amazing property treatments. Four-handed massages, hot sand pouch use or skin cares will make you reincarnate into a new person, while the pool, hammam and solarium will rejuvenate you. Check out their list of treatments and massages (in French).
Parents love: the Nuxe Spa, the natural cosmetic products, the hotel starred restaurant, the pleasant weather, the cute town of Porto-Vecchio, the beaches, the natural pools and the soothing environment.
Children love: the Hippocampe scuba diving club, the nearby beaches, the hotel pool, the natural pool of Cavu, the fruit juice and candies upon arrival, the restaurant, the summer weather and the caretakers in the babysitting service.
On the shores of Lake Geneva in Evian-les-Bains
Head for the French spa town par excellence since 1829: Evian-les-Bains! Surrounded by an immense 19-hectare park, Hôtel Royal Evian, which recently won the distinction of « palace », enjoys exceptional views of Lake Geneva from its outdoor swimming pool and luxurious suites. The Belle Epoque building boasts a total of 150 exquisite rooms, fantastic kids-clubs, and above all a superb 1,200 m2 spa designed by La Prairie, including a hydro-contact course. But the hotel’s main attractions are its spa treatments specially developed for young mothers and their 4 to 10-month-old babies. On the agenda: introduction to infant massage and skincare. Check out their list of treatments and massages.
Parents love: The 18-hole golf course and free access to the Evian Golf Academy (accessible by shuttle from the hotel), fitness room, « Les Fresques » Michelin star restaurant, delicious cocktails at the bar and shuttles on the lake by ultrafast Evian One boat.
Children love: The nursery for babies from 4 to 36 months, the free children’s club for toddlers from 3 to 13 years old, the teenage dedicated « Arty » workshops with baking, graffiti and dance mix, casino evenings, film screenings and ski lessons.
In the heart of Baux-de-Provence
Nestled in the heart of the Alpilles Natural Park, in the village of Les Baux-de-Provence, Domaine de Manville is a rural palace with 30 rooms and suites, and 9 hotel houses. Immersed in the music of cicadas and lavender fragrances, the estate enjoys an exceptional Provençal environment. The property’s spa includes an indoor swimming pool heated to 32°, sauna, hammam and hot tub. Kids up to 16 years of age are welcome at the spa from 10 am to 1 pm. Past this age, they enjoy full free access. The wellness centre also offers special care and treatments to pamper mother/daughter and father/son pairs. Check out their list of treatments and massages.
Parents love: The « La Table » gourmet restaurant, the two outdoor swimming pools, the sports hall, cinema, free bike rental, Pilates and yoga lessons, petanque court and the 18-hole eco-responsible golf course.
Children love: The recreational activities of the free summer kids-club for children over 4 years old, theme evenings for Halloween, Easter and Christmas, birthday snacks, babysitters and horseback riding in the Camargue.
Facing the bay of Saint-Malo
Situated in front of the bay of Saint-Malo, the prestigious Grand Hôtel des Thermes is definitely the preferred spa destination for families visiting Brittany’s most beautiful coasts. A true treasure of French heritage, the historic Belle Epoque building offers 177 contemporary rooms, most of which are family-oriented. Its thalassotherapy centre has been attracting locals and tourists from all over the world since 1963. Today, it boasts a famous Aquatonic course developed by the Thermes Marins and consists of 14 courses including a sauna, hammam and ice fountain. Good news for the inseparable tribes: children over 6 years of age are welcome in the waters of the thermal course! Check out their list of treatments and massages (in French).
Parents love: The thalassotherapy centre, fine Breton cuisine, interconnecting rooms, aqua cycling and aqua gym lessons; and the 27-hole golf course at Saint-Malo Golf Resort, located 30 minutes from the hotel.
Children love: The nursery for toddlers from 2 months to 6 years old, the nannies of the babysitting service, the kids-club for children from 6 to 12 years old (only open during Parisian school holidays), the « Les Pirates » summer beach club (from 3 years old) and the Saint-Malo Surf School (from 6 years old).
Starting at 159€/night
On the beach of Canet-en-Roussillon
The Grand Hôtel Les Flamants Roses is a magnificent 4-star property inspired by Art Deco and located along the Canet-en-Rousillon beach. Located 20 minutes from Perpignan, the hotel with 63 family rooms enjoys a green setting and superb views of the Mediterranean Sea. Spread over 3 floors, its 1,200 m2 spa houses feature an Oriental hammam, sauna and three seawater pools heated to 33° with free access for children. Teenagers aged 12 to 17 are welcome at the spa’s treatment rooms. Professional masseuses provide them with daily treatments adapted to their sensitive skin. Check out their list of treatments and massages.
Parents love: The Mediterranean cuisine, the hot tub and outdoor swimming pool heated to 28°, adjoining rooms, yoga and aquabike lessons; and the fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment.
Children love: Free accommodation and meals for children under 12 who sleep in the same room as their parents; and recreational activities organized within the kids-club, and which are free for children between 4 and 12 years old.
If France is not enough for you, Little Guest has also compiled the most beautiful spa & wellness hotels perfectly adapted to families! It’s right here, but beware, you may well fall under the spell of one of these exceptional establishments!
Sarah, 26 years old, passionate about Italian cuisine and travel, from Brussels
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