by Avril O’Connor Few of us would ever consider holidaying for a fortnight in a 5* hotel on the swanky Côte d’Azur. That’s because we’ve been given the impression that it can only be afforded by the mega wealthy, owners of … Continue reading
France is twice the size of Britain and has a population of just over 62m – a few thousand more than the UK – which is why there is so much more space to get away from the hustle and … Continue reading
This is a perfect hotel for a long weekend. About one-hour’s drive from Marseille – so you can do France’s second largest City and escape to the tranquilty of this five star hotel, set beside a links golf course.
Spa Mosaïc Decléor & Carita at the Hilton Arc de Triomphe Set in the heart of Paris, the spa uses skincare treatments by luxury beauty lines Decleor and Carita. One of the most popular is the Decleor Perfect Buste which improves skin … Continue reading
Guerlain Institute at theHotel Crillon, 10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 ParisT: +33 1 44 71 15 00; www.crillon.com
31 Avenue George V, Paris T: +33 149 52 72 10; www.fourseasons.com This five-star hotel near the Champs Elysée has chandeliers, mirrors, lots of flowers and is very luxurious. There is a swimming pool, a gym, male and female saunas and … Continue reading
Les fermes de Marie, Chemin de Riante Colline, 74120 Megeve T: +33 4 50 93 03 10 www.c-h-m.com In the neart of the French alps, near Mont Blanc there is skiing in winter and walking in summer. The spa skin-care ranges … Continue reading
Royal Parc Better Living Institute at the Hôtel Royal Royal Parc EvianSouth Bank of Lake Geneva BP8, 74501 Evian-les-Bains CedexT: + 33 4 50 26 85 00; www.royalparcevian.com In a private park of 42 acres with two hotel – the Hotel … Continue reading
Les Pres d’Eugenie, 40320 Eugenie-les-Bains, Landes T: +33 5 58 05 06 07; www.michelguerard.com In one complex there are four hotels, three restaurants and a spa, all owned by French chef Michael Guerard and situated in a pine forest outside Bordeaux … Continue reading
T:+33 4 92 98 7300; www.hotel-martinez.com An established hotel on the croisette with a spa offering facials, body wraps, hydrotherapy, reflexology and massage – all using Givenchy products.
33650 Martillac T:+33 5 57 83 82 82: www.caudalie.com In the Bordeaux countryside this “grape” spa has a gourmet restaurant in which you are actively encouraged to drink one to two glasses of red wine daily. There are also calorie controlled … Continue reading
T: + 33 5 59 41 30 00; www. sofitel.com The hotel and the fully-refurbished Thalassotherapy centre are located on the beach. There are 109 rooms, 17 suites and two non-smoking floors. The two restaurants serve gourmet and low calorie and … Continue reading
Atlanthal Hotel, 153 Boulevard des Plages, 64600 Anglet, Biarritz T:+33 5 59 52 75 75; www.atlanthal.com This hotel is close to the beach and the Chiberta golf course. There is a gym, outdoor pool as well as hydrotheraphy pools. Activities include … Continue reading
If you love pristine beaches of fine yellow sand, gourmet food, fine wine and world-class spas then the Western Loire is a perfect destination if you want to splash out on a romantic weekend. Its also great for budget family holidays – eating out doesn’t need to be expensive – the area is also known for its crêpes and local cidre.
Hotel Royal-Thalasso Barriere, 6 Avenue Pierre Loti, 44504 La Baule T: +33 2 40 11 48 48 The Royal-Thalasso Barrière is a “temple” of health and fitness, set in the heart of a garden surrounded by century-old pine trees. Facing … Continue reading