There is no denying the beauty of the French Alps or the health benefits of the fresh air and sunshine. However, as many of us are fully aware the sunshine, wind and snow can play havoc with our hair and skin!
Taking some time out from skiing to visit one of the many spas in Courchevel is an indulgent treat, they are certainly not to be missed if you have some time on your hands.
Courchevel is well known for providing excellence in the hospitality sector and it certainly doesn’t let itself down when it comes to wellness and wellbeing of the mind and body. Whether you ski every day or you are a non-skier simply enjoying the resort, why not indulge yourself at one of the many spas for a facial or massage?
The Chabichou is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in Courchevel and has a complex beneath the ski slope dedicated to wellbeing and fitness. Spa ‘Cha’Banya’ is a multi-sensory aqua space and the biggest private spa in Courchevel. It boasts a salt cave, a hammam, a sauna, a fountain of ice and four different types of pools at different temperatures and sensual areas. There is also a plethora of treatment facilities ranging from specialist massage, high beauty, cellulite elimination, facial scrubs and hair removal. Despite the exclusivity of the hotel and spa, it does have special prices for non-hotel guests (adults and children) between 10am – 12pm for 25 euros.
Matching Chabichou’s high standards is Hotel Cheval Blanc next to Jardin Alpin ski slope. Keeping winter sports in mind, they cater their Guerlain sponsored spa treatments and massages directly for the cold climate and high altitude. There are a multitude of treatments available such as anti-ageing facials, physiotherapy, make-up artistry and men’s treatments. Sessions in yoga, pilates, aquabiking and cross training are available too if you are wanting to keep your physical fitness in tip top condition. There is also a beautiful infinity pool with adjoining jacuzzi inviting you to swim and relax in style.
A fitness coach is on hand at the Goji spa at K2 Altitude 5* hotel. They can assist with swimming coaching, aquagym and personalised programmes in their top of the range gym. If you want to enjoy the pool area alone then there is a counter current, fountain, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and an exterior hot tub. Again, Goji offers pure indulgent spa and beauty treatments using the innovative Swiss brand La Prairie. There is a wide selection of massages available with treatments to match. There is also an established hair salon with skilled hairdressers ready with their expertise to chop you a new do or simply give you a wonderful head massage.
A more reasonably priced spa experience is at Aquamotion swimming complex in Courchevel moriond. The Aquawellness area is for over 18's only and is located upstairs. It also has a heated indoor and outdoor leisure pool, salt pool, steam rooms, three different saunas, a quiet room, jacuzzis and an ice-cold dipping pool. There are massage therapy and beauty treatment rooms where you can pamper your body at an additional cost. It cost 35 euros for a 3 hour pass into the Aquawellness area.
If you want to be pampered in the privacy of your own chalet, then Pamper Off Piste will deliver. They provide a private, personalised service with a range of body, face and nail treatments. Tibetan, Mexican and Bali Body Booster massages are 75 euros per hour and specialist physio and hot stone massage is 90 euros an hour. Expectant mums can also be pampered with specially tailored treatments for their needs; a lovely foot massage or mini facial can be arranged.
Most of the major hotel spas are open to non-residents but do check ahead before going. Booking is also advised for any of the spa and beauty treatments. A visit to one of the many spas in Courchevel adds a real treat to your holiday and allows you to truly relax and unwind from a day on the slopes. When choosing a spa, ensure you have picked somewhere you feel comfortable so your mind and body is stress-free and calm.
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