The best spa hotels in France for all your family
13 June 2019
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 hotel 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!
1 – GRAND HÔTEL THALASSO & SPA *****
In the seaside resort of Saint-Jean-de-Luz
First stop: the French Basque Region! The sweetness of the Southwest leads the whole family to the doors of the prestigious Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa. The Art Deco architectural establishment offers 52 rooms, suites and luxury apartments with views of the ocean or the city. Ideally located between the sea and the mountains, and only 10 minutes from the Spanish border, the hotel has a unique spa comprising a 31° heated seawater pool with multi-jets and underwater music, a hammam, sauna, contrast shower and salt grotto. Accessible to adults 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm, the premises also welcome children under 16 years of age from 1 pm to 2.30 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm. Check out their list of treatments and massages (in French).
Parents love: the Thalasso & Spa Loreamar centre, private aqua gym and aqua training lessons, interconnecting family rooms, fitness room, the “L’Océan” Michelin star restaurant and the Chantaco golf course located 10 minutes from the hotel.
Children love: the massages for children aged 6 to 12, lasting between 20 and 50 minutes, the Petit Chipi summer beach club (July/August) for children aged 3 to 16, the playroom and babysitters in the babysitting service.
2 – HÔTEL ROYAL EVIAN *****
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.
3 – DOMAINE DE MANVILLE *****
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.
4 – JIVA HILL RESORT GOLF & SPA *****
10 minutes from Geneva, in Crozet
Lovers of nature will be thrilled to visit Jiva Hill Resort Golf & Spa, located in a 40-hectare setting of wild greenery in the heart of the Haut-Jura Natural Park. The 5-star establishment with 33 rooms and suites stands proudly facing the majestic Mont Blanc. The hotel’s spa, famous in the region, consists of a magnificent 17-metre long swimming pool heated to 28°, hot tub, outdoor sauna, hammam, Nordic bath (10°), solarium and spa booths where children are treated in the most refined way. Among them is the “Mini Escale Frimousettte” program, offering back massages and chocolate wraps to your little blond head. Check out their list of adult treatments and massages (in French).
Parents love: The suites with garden and outdoor hot tub, the fitness room, the high-end cuisine, interconnecting rooms and suites, and the 9-hole golf course with a panoramic view of Mont Blanc.
Kids love: The outdoor playground, welcome gifts, the nannies of the babysitting service, the playroom, tennis and golf academies; and the children’s cosmetics in the room.
Starting at 295€/night
5 – GRAND HÔTEL DES THERMES *****
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
6 – GRAND HÔTEL LES FLAMANTS ROSES ****
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.
Sarah, 26 years old, passionate about Italian cuisine and travel, from Brussels