Did you say spa?

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Did you say spa?

SPA… three lovely letters at the bottom of hotel brochures, sought-after today in the world of wellbeing.  Originally, the word spa comes from the Latin "sanitus per aqua," or "health through water."  
While thalassotherapy and thermalism play both a therapeutic and aesthetic role, spas focus on enhancing wellbeing and relaxation.

Spas consist of two complementary spaces: a wet area, with water the undeniable centrepiece, and an area for aesthetic treatments and massages, where the ambiance (smells, colours, a warm welcome) is key.  Each spa reveals its own unique sensorial experience, stimulating all five senses.


There are different types of spas in France: 

- The destination spa: usually located outside of urban centres, it focuses on lifestyle improvement and offers exercise programs, massages, body care and treatments, pools, meditation and the chance to commune with nature.

- The day spa:  a venue offering beautifying, relaxing or pampering services on a day-use basis.

- The urban spa: a new type of spa that also includes spa and beauty salon.

- Resort (or hotel) spas 

Take a well-deserved wellness time-out.  In France, you are sure to find a spa formula that tickles your fancy and suits you.