Time to splash out on a spa break

Center Parcs villages offer a relaxing escape for adults and kids alike

The French take their health very seriously and can even get a spa break prescribed by their doctor. Samantha David looks at spa options from luxury detox to value family escapes

New Year is traditionally a time for struggling to keep ambitious resolutions and here in France many of them are about getting into shape after repeated feasting over the Christmas period. It is also traditional however, to give up soon, especially when faced with the temptations of tartiflette and cassoulet: after a few days of steamed vegetables and fish, resistance is low! It’s the same with exercise regimes; they’re easy to start and difficult to continue when it’s cold outside and a warm, cosy sofa beckons indoors.

This is where spas, wellness therapies and hammams can help. Apart from being blissful experiences in themselves, they can shore up our determination to stick to the straight and narrow; at least for long enough to get back in shape. The range of wellness treatments and experiences on offer is stunning, from afternoons in the local hammam costing around 20-25 euros to entire weeks at a glossy spa for as much money as you can earn. Why not check out what is available in your area?

Evian-les-Bains in Haute-Savoie is one ...

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