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Well-being and thermalism in Champagne

06 July 2020

The region of Eastern France stretches from the outer reaches of Paris to the borders with southern Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany and encompasses five distinct destinations: Alsace, Ardennes, Champagne, Lorraine and the Vosges Massif.

When venturing into Champagne, it is not just the beautiful countryside and interesting towns, and of course the bubbly, there are also a few little jewels that add to the feeling of luxury and relaxation with well-being. As a bonus too, it is easy to get to – just a car ride away from the UK.

Troyes in the Aube has a few lovely places that offer well–being facilities – just try one of these to recover from the traumas of everyday life and the stress of the restrictions we have all endured over the last few months.

 

Photo credit: Best Western Premier Hôtel de la Poste and Spa Nuxe, Troyes

Photo credit: Best Western Premier Hôtel de la Poste and Spa Nuxe, Troyes

 

Best Western Premier Hôtel de la Poste and Spa Nuxe**** – Troyes 
An old relais in the centre of Troyes is now a lovely hotel with a superb spa – the Nuxe – which offers a haven of calm in the middle of a busy town. There are treatment rooms, a sauna, a hammam and sensorial showers – all set around an interior courtyard. Treatments include nine different massages, four body cures and nine different facials. The Ecrin du Relais is the signature treatment of the Spa Nuxe – an exclusive and unique massage with lymphatic drainage.

 

Photo credit: Maison M

Photo credit: Maison M

Also in the centre of Troyes are other establishments offering some well-being features. The Maison M for example has a jacuzzi, sauna, fitness and relaxation room.

 

Photo credit: La Maison de Rhodes

Photo credit: La Maison de Rhodes

La Maison de Rhodes***** has a jacuzzi, sauna and a pool.

 

Urban Spa - Photo credit: Olivier Douard

Urban Spa – Photo credit: Olivier Douard

 

The Urban Spa **** – The Urban Spa has just one room for two – complete four-star luxury including a bottle of champagne per couple and spa facilities of a jacuzzi and sauna.

 

Photo credit: Ome Sweet Home

Photo credit: Ome Sweet Home

Ome Sweet Home – Ome Sweet Home is a gorgeous chambre d’hôtes in Laubressel which is just ten kilometres from Troyes town centre. The buildings are of natural wood and house just four rooms.  There is a heated pool and well-being space containing sauna and hammam.  Private massage can be arranged

 

Photo credit: Ome Sweet Home

Photo credit: Ome Sweet Home

 

Photo credit: Domaine de Vermoise

Photo credit: Domaine de Vermoise

Domaine de Vermoise – Domaine de Vermoise is a chambre d’hôtes at Sainte-Maure which is just a ten-minute drive from the centre of Troyes. The quiet setting in a wooded park is ideal for the wellbeing space which includes hammam, jacuzzi and sauna.  There are just four rooms in the little auberge.

 

Photo credit: Domaine de Vermoise

Photo credit: Domaine de Vermoise

 

Photo credit: L'Auberge du lac

Photo credit: L’Auberge du lac

 

L’Auberge du lac*** – hôtel-restaurant – Mesnil-Saint-Père
The Orient Lake is north-east of Troyes and where the Gubin family have their domaine – L’Auberge du lac.  The restaurant came first before the guest rooms – Au Vieux Pressoir, under the auspices of chef Patrick Gubin.  He, in turn, had learnt the finer points of cuisine from his mother and insists on using only the best local ingredients.

The older buildings surrounding a pretty garden have been modernised with glass and windows giving an air of being at one with nature and offer 21 bedrooms renowned for their comfort.  To emphasise the relaxing nature of a stay here, a spa has been opened too, with solarium, sauna, jacuzzi, hammam, pool and well-being area.

 

Photo credit: Thermal Resort of Bourbonne-les-Bains

Photo credit: Thermal Resort of Bourbonne-les-Bains

 

Thermal Resort of Bourbonne-les-Bains

Bourbonne-les-Bains is the second most important thermal resort in the Eastern France region with waters renowned for the mineral salt, magnesium, calcium and oligo element content. These have been known for over 2000 years and are at a constant 66 degree C – particularly good for respiratory problems.

Today, the Valvital Baths offer well-being stays with all sorts of thermal water and beauty treatments as well as ‘cures’ that aim to restore energy and vitality.  A number of different levels are offered – back based programmes, anti-stress, relaxation courses….  And there’s a casino on site for those wanting a different sort of relaxation and entertainment!

Photo credit: Véronique Montané - Coll. ADT Marne
Photo credit: Véronique Montané – Coll. ADT Marne

Sophrology Nicole Kulhaneck-Sarry 

Nicole helps clients come to a better understanding of their well being by listening to their bodies and their emotions.  This method of psycho-corporal treatment helps the client slide into a state of deep relaxation whilst reinforcing bodily sensations that help one live in the present.  This singular sensory experience inspired in Nicole a type of workshop that unites champagne tasting and sophrology.

Opening Soon:

Cottages Antoinette – Chigny-les-Roses
Cottages Antoinette are due to open this year in this four-star complex where the buildings are renowned for their ecological excellence. The three cottages are built with 100% environmental high-quality wood and are surrounded by vines that reach right up to the edge of the village.

Aqualudique of Reims

Due to open sometime in 2020, this new swimming and skating complex offers facilities not just for sports enthusiasts but also something special for those searching for relaxing and for wellbeing.  The ice – skating area includes an indoor arena as well as an exterior ice path too.  The swimming area includes several pools and different aquatic entertainment features.  There is also a hammam, sauna, solarium, jacuzzi,  ….
Photo credit: Jupiter Images

Photo credit: Jupiter Images

Travelling to Champagne and Eastern France:

The main gateway to Champagne is Reims, an easy 2.5-hour drive down the A26 motorway from the ferry and Eurotunnel terminals in and around Calais. For rail travel, take the Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord, and then a direct TGV from Paris Gare de l’Est to central Reims (45 minutes). Charles de Gaulle airport has a 30-minute TGV service to Champagne-Ardenne TGV station, just south of Reims.

 

Note to editors: Part of Eastern France, Champagne is as varied and refined as the famous wine that it produces. A land of kings and counts, of Cistercians and crusaders, of monasteries and masterpieces, artists and philosophers – the history and heritage of Champagne is embedded in that of France and is linked to the present by the inscription of its vineyards, houses and cellars on the UNESCO World Heritage list.