Europe is endowed with a wide range of idyllic summer holiday destinations, but when it comes to achieving the ultimate in relaxation, France is hard to beat. From the storied countryside of Brittany to the sweeping Mediterranean coastline, there’s no shortage of fascinating regions to explore – and each offers ample opportunity to relax in the form of lavish hotels, resorts and inns. Whether you want to explore centuries-old cities, bask in the beauty of the Alps, or just relax in the hotel’s spa, these palatial properties are sure to please.
Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet
Paris is no stranger to ultra-luxe accommodations, and when it comes to palatial suites paired with top-notch spa offerings, Le Fouquet’s is hard to beat. Though this property is best known for being the home of the legendary Fouquet’s restaurant from the 1890s, the hotel offers far more than just refined French food and drink. Below the lobby, guests can discover the Spa Diane Barrière, one of the best wellness centers in the heart of Paris. This 8,600 square foot palatial space is home to a 50 foot swimming pool, water jets and double sauna and steam rooms, with no shortage of extravagant art for you to admire during your stay.
Hotel Du Palais Biarritz
Located on the seafront of the Basque city of Biarritz, the renowned Hôtel Du Palais Biarritz began as a summer villa for Empress Eugénie de Montijo in the mid-18th century – although this stately mansion has found a new life in modern times as a premier holiday destination. With summer in full swing, there’s no shortage of relaxing ways to beat the heat, from a dip in the outdoor pool to a hair treatment at the Imperial Spa — and the property is no slouch when it comes to dining and drinking, either. There are five unique concepts to choose from throughout the property, with the Michelin-starred La Rotonde offering spectacular seafood amidst stunning coastal views.
Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat
France’s famous Cap Ferrat has gained worldwide recognition for its high concentration of stately palaces and villas, with the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat serving as one of the area’s finest accommodations. Despite its proximity to Monaco, newcomers can have a truly spectacular vacation without having to leave the peninsula, with amenities like free bikes, on-site tennis courts, and bookable mixology classes. After a long day in the sun, guests can start their afternoon with a soothing aromatherapy massage and then head to the open-air club Dauphin for a perfectly crafted poolside cocktail.
Jiva Hill Resort
Lavish amenities meet spectacular natural beauty at Jiva Hill Resort, a sprawling property west of Geneva Airport. There are numerous outdoor recreational opportunities on the property, including a 9-hole golf course and a water ski lake, both of which are available to guests, but for those looking to relax, Jiva Hill’s Spa is a must. In addition to a hammam, Nordic spa, and two indoor and outdoor pools, the property also offers a wide range of treatments, ranging from hot stone massages to the hotel’s Evasion facial, a concept that targets specific zones on the face for ultimate relaxation reach.
Hotel Thalasso & Spa Miramar La Cigale
Located in the heart of France’s lush Gulf of Morbihan, the Hôtel Thalasso & Spa Miramar La Cigale is the perfect base for exploring the southern reaches of Brittany. Between outdoor expeditions to some of the country’s most fascinating Neolithic ruins, guests can unwind with a treatment at the property’s top-notch spa, which offers a variety of options including sea scrubs, spirulina facials, and Californian massages — though that’s far from the only ticket to relaxation available at the resort. During the day, the heated saltwater pool is a particularly popular meeting place, while the Goëland Bar is the ideal destination for a refreshing cocktail in the sunset light.