An assortment of resorts in France's Midi-Pyrenees region are offering guests the chance to relax after a long day of skiing.
Resorts like Aquensis in Bagnères de Bigorre and Les Bains de Couloubret at Ax les Thermes have launched thermoludism, a concept combining hydro-relaxation, body and facial treatments, and tonic activities.
While each centre is unique, all are built of what the French call "noble materials" like wood, stone, and marble with particular attention to the aesthetics of the place. The architecture, ambiance, and decoration come together for a complete sensory experience.
"The region has strongly developed its thermal services in the past few years," explains the Midi-Pyrenees Regional Tourism Committee. "We wanted to diversify our offer and to better meet clients' expectations in terms of non-skiing activities."
The Midi-Pyrenees region has been a prized thermal destination since ancient times. Some of the thermal centres, like that of Bagnères de Luchon, rely on the same sources that the Romans enjoyed.
Today, guests can take advantage of steam baths and jacuzzis, but also of waterfalls, bubble beds, geysers, and massage jets. The centres also offer relaxing massages, body wraps, and other personalised treatments.
The Midi-Pyrenees region includes seven thermoludisme centres: Aquensis in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, les Bains du Couloubret in Ax-les-Thermes, Balnéa in Génos - Loudenvielle, le Centre des Thermes in Barèges, Luzéa in Luz-St-Sauveur, Sensoria in St Lary and the Forme et bien-être centre of the Thermes de Luchon .
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