The Best Luxury Wellness Retreats In France To Find A Little Joie De Vivre

With a penchant for the finer things in life, France has become synonymous with fine dining, fine arts and fine wine—so you’d be excused for not considering it top of your wellness getaway list. Think again: from palatial escapes to rural retreats and everything in between, France is home to a wealth of luxury retreat spaces to suit every type of wellness traveller. Check out our favourite luxury wellness retreats in France to feed mind, body and soul.

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La Réserve Ramatuelle

Offering panoramic views over the Mediterranean, La Réserve Ramatuelle is nestled in the heart of the French Riviera just outside of St Tropez. Fusing together clean, contemporary design with the old-school glamour and five-star hospitality the region is renowned for, the highlight of this luxury French wellness retreat is the spa. With technology and therapies from Swiss medical-wellness centre Nescens, the 11 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, steam room and fitness room cater to guests seeking everything from intensive fitness boot camps to anti-aging cosmetic treatments.

Prices start from US$950 per night |  lareserve-ramatuelle.com

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Hotel Royal

With views of Lake Geneva and the Alps in the distance, Hotel Royal sits among 47-acres of private land. Guests feel like royalty here, even more so since the hotel received Palace status back in 2016. Its three-day Yoga Season Experience is inclusive of yoga, multiple spa treatments, mindfulness walks and vegetarian cuisine throughout your stay. Retreats are structured based upon the traditional components of Traditional Chinese Medicine and are tailored depending on the season.

Prices start from US$1,369 | hotel-royal-evian.com

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Aman Le Melezin

In spite of its winter wonderland surroundings, an Asian-inspired zen ambience pervades Aman Le Melezin’s ski-in, ski-out hotel in the French Alps town of Courchevel. While skiing is the main attraction at this luxury mountain retreat, the Aman Spa provides a compelling reason to retreat indoors: a dedicated floor of wellness with five treatment rooms, including one for couples; an authentic Turkish Hammam; water suites including a sauna, Jacuzzi and 14-metre subterranean lap pool; a fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment; and a yoga studio, complete with TRX equipment. With exclusive adventure activities like hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours and paragliding available for the daring, Aman’s take on luxury ski resorts is anything but conventional. 

Prices start from US1,200 per night | aman.com

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Gordes Airelles

This five-star facility is perched atop a hill in the Luberon district. Based in an 18th-century castle, this intimate sanctuary offers a unique sense of privacy to guests travelling alone, in a couple or in small groups. The one-night Sisley Spa Getaway is inclusive of accommodation for two in a room type of your choice, breakfast, dinner prepared at the hotel chef’s suggestion, a 30-minute exfoliating body treatment, an hour-long facial or massage, and access to the spa and the hotel’s water suite. This seasonal retreat opens from April, hosting wellness getaways throughout the summer and early autumn months.

Prices start from US$506 per night |gordes.airelles.com

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Praana

Praana Wellness offers unique customisable retreats, providing you with the tools and resources you need to put your best foot forward and find your way to optimal wellness. From couples’ therapy to women’s wellness, this luxury wellness retreat in France provides immersive retreats to invigorate body, mind and soul. Retreats are based in Chez Vallee, an expansive five-bedroom house with a Roman pool, and can include yoga, Ayurvedic wellness and psychotherapy sessions on request.

Prices on request | praanawellness.com

Amanda Sheppard

The former Art & Culture editor at Time Out Hong Kong magazine, Amanda is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Asia's world city. Amanda grew up in Asia, loves hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and a day well spent outdoors. Her last holiday sunrise trekking along Indonesian volcanic landscapes gave her a taste of the healthy holiday bug, and she’s been on the lookout for her next great adventure ever since.

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