The healing effects of spa centres were discovered in the 17th century by the Romans and quickly became very popular. And no wonder; a relaxing spa treatment is an experience for body and mind and represents the perfect complement to a ski holiday.
The feeling of escaping from everyday life, enjoying nature and taking care of the body after a long day of skiing come together in a ski holiday, forming a dream après-ski experience.
In the ski resorts there are numerous renowned spas and spa centres that, in addition to winter sports, have focused on health tourism. Wherever thermal waters gush forth, you will find thermal baths, spa centers and spas.
There is practically no hotel in the ski resorts that does not offer at least a sauna or a small spa to its visitors. But today we will focus on the best spa centers in European ski resorts.
Brides Les Bains - Meribel (Les 3 Vallés)
We start our tour in the largest ski area in the world, 3 Vallés. Here, very close to the ski resorts of Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens is Brides les Bains, a town very focused on wellness and health and famous for hosting the Olympic village during the 1992 Winter Games.
The facilities of the Grand Spa Thermal are state-of-the-art, offering all kinds of comforts to the user.
Brides les Baines is home to Le Grand Spa Thermal, the largest spa centre in France which was inaugurated in 2017 and where you can relax after a day of skiing with a revitalizing treatment or with a visit to the wonderful aquatic area, which has more than 600m2. The Grand Spa Thermal is not only a place to relax, but also to regenerate and revitalize after a skiing holiday in Les 3 Vallées, with a wide range of à la carte activities and treatments including massages, body wraps and thermal water treatments, the ideal complement to a skiing holiday in Les 3 Vallées.
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La piscine - Les Arcs (Paradiski)
We continue in a large French ski area, this time in Paradiski, more specifically in the resort of Les Arcs. This jewel of alpine skiing is home to "La Piscine" an impressive aquatic centre of 3800 m² dedicated to wellness, fun and relaxation. Its location, in the heart of Arc 1800, is easily accessible on foot or by skiing from the centre of the village.
La Piscine is the ideal place to relax with the whole family after a long day on the slopes of Les Arcs.
Recharge your batteries while relaxing in a whirlpool bath or contemplating the soothing mountain scenery, with breathtaking views of Mont Blanc. If you're on a ski holiday with the family, you'll love the huge indoor leisure pool, where even the little ones can have fun with its jets and water slide.
QC Therme - Chamonix
We don't stray far from Mont Blanc and head to the world-famous ski resort of Chamonix. This place where nature, tradition and history blend with sport and leisure is home to QC Therme Chamonix, a spa and wellness centre offering state-of-the-art facilities, ideal for ending a Chamonix ski holiday in style.
The outdoor space of the QC Chamonix spa offers breathtaking panoramic views.
The 3000 square meter facility offers over 30 wellness activities for a multisensory journey, as well as an infinity pool reflecting the waters of the adjacent alpine lake, with breathtaking views of the Bossons glacier. Now you know if you decide to spend a ski holiday in Chamonix, be sure to visit this incredible temple of relaxation!
Les Grand Bains du Monterier - Serre-Chevalier
If you want to ski in Serre-Chevalier, you cannot miss this thermal centre. The village of Le Monetier is known for its thermal baths, fed by a natural hot mineral water spring and whose therapeutic properties have been used for centuries. The water reaches a temperature of around 40 °C and is said to help relieve muscle and joint pain, improve circulation and promote relaxation. Sounds like the perfect way to end a ski holiday, doesn't it?
The outdoor area of the spa stands out for its privileged location, open even in the coldest winter months.
The spa centre features a range of facilities, including indoor and outdoor thermal pools, saunas, steam bedrooms, relaxation areas and a wide range of spa treatments. The outdoor pools are especially popular, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
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Centre Esportif - Val d'Isere
The popular ski resort of Val d'Isere, located in the French Alps, is considered by many as a high performance sports centre, where the most skilled skiers can test their skills. And as such, you can't miss its aquatic sports training centre. The "Centre Esportif" is a large aquatic centre where you can enjoy a multitude of services.
The "Centre Esportif" offers a relaxing aquatic experience for everyone.
From its indoor swimming pool for families, to the sports area with large facilities, to the wellness and wellness area, the Centre Esportif de Val d'Isere is the ideal meeting point to put the finishing touch to your skiing holiday!
Bains du Rocher - Cauterets
We move away from the Alps, but without changing country. We move to the French Pyrenees, where we find the resort of Cauterets. Skiing in the French Pyrenees may not be as famous as skiing in the Alps, but it doesn't have to be left behind when it comes to thermal baths.
The Bains du Rocher stand out for their incredible integration with the natural environment, offering privileged views of it.
In Cauterets, known for centuries for the virtues of its thermal waters, we find Bains du Rocher with 2,500 m² dedicated to treatments and relaxation in the middle of a grandiose environment and perfectly integrated with nature. Bains du Rocher offers many activities to enjoy after a day on the slopes: tropical showers, indoor pool, outdoor lagoon, jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, solarium and a variety of beauty treatments.
Angleo Spa - Les Angles
The ski resort of Les Angles, located in the French Pyrenees, is one of the most popular ski destinations for families. It is not surprising, then, that its aquatic and spa centre is the most visited site and represents the perfect complement after a day of skiing on the slopes.
The French resort of Les Angles is characterized by its family-friendly atmosphere.
The Angleo Spa has a dedicated area for children, as well as two distinct areas: In the indoor area there is a large pool with swan necks, water cannons, hydromassage nozzles, phototherapy, massage jets. The spectacular outdoor area has a jacuzzi with vortex from where you can enjoy incredible mountain views. Know what's best? If you book on Esquiades.com, you can easily add your Angleo Spa tickets to your booking.
Caldea Spa Centre - Andorra
Last but not least, the local highlight. You already know that in Esquiades.com we are experts in ski holidays to Andorra, so we could not forget Caldea, the largest spa centre in Europe and a real top seller of skiing in Andorra.
A visit to the Caldea Spa Centre is a must after a ski holiday in Andorra.
Caldea spa has different spaces where the water gushes at a pleasant temperature (32-34ºC) and where visitors can relax among jets, swan necks, bubble beds and other amenities. In the interior the Great Lagoon stands out, while in the exterior of the Thermoludic Center you will enjoy spaces that merge with the spectacular Andorran environment.
Caldea offers Likids, a space especially dedicated to the little ones, while adults and couples can live an unforgettably relaxing experience in Inúu, the thermal and wellness space reserved for those over 16 years of age. Without a doubt, a visit to the Caldea Spa Centre is the icing on the cake after skiing in Andorra. Make sure to include it in your next booking!