Well-being and Culture
Even though medicine has existed since Ancient Roman times, a new type of wellness and care in the form of spa centers and thalassotherapy have been more and more popular since the 1980s. Since then, many new resorts have been built around old monuments to offer various types of care and cures.
Château de l'Ile, Strasbourg
A unique castle hotel in Strasbourg (Alsace), built in the town Ostwald, Castle Island is a place marked by history. Built in the 17th century, it was restored in 1891 by the Heydt family. Abandoned after World War II, it was bought in 1991 by the “Grandes étapes françaises.” After two years of work it reopened in April 1994. Built in the style of traditional Alsatian architecture, the castle also boasts a hotel, restaurant and spa. The spa specializes in Thai health care, including traditional massages and foot reflexology. A sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi and swimming pool are also available.
Hostellerie Bérard, La Cadière d'Azur
Between sea and mountains, dotted with pine forests, fields of lavender, olive trees and vineyards, Provence is like heaven on earth. Here, time stops. At the heart of this unique environment, rich with sunshine, in the Provencal village of La Charlotte d'Azur, the Hostellerie Bérard appears is a necessary step. The property has four buildings decorated with charming authentic furniture, including a former 11th century convent renovated with great respect to tradition. Enjoy the warmth and friendly hospitality - there's even a fitness center inspired by Roman baths. It's simply magical.
Hôtel du Palais, Biarritz
Built in the 19th century by Napoleon III and adored by his wife Eugenie, this former imperial residence still echoes the charm and elegance of the Belle Epoque. The imperial and royal suites at the Hotel du Palais (in Biarritz, Aquitaine) are decorated in the traditional style of the Second Empire (Napoleon III), and each suite pays homage to the personalities who have stayed there. While this building boasts a glorious past, it now includes modern, high-quality facilities. There are 3000 square meters divided among five floors that are dedicated to care and relaxation, all of which is facing the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful Basque coast.
Domaine de la Bretesche, Missilac
Between Brittany and the Pays de la Loire in the town of Missilac sits the majestic area of Bretesche. This 4-star resort is backed by a 15th century castle, once an important place of Calvinism. It houses a gastronomic restaurant, a golf course (18 holes) in a wooded park of 200 hectares, and a spa. You can stay in a room, cottage, in the old sheepfold or in the heart of the forest. A wide range of treatments and massages are available. Try the ayurvedic ritual, an Indian method that has existed for thousands of years, which includes a spicy body scrub followed by a toning massage. A delight for the body and mind!