2020 Advice and tips

This winter, escape the hustle and bustle and focusing on yourself! Whether it’s a short break or a week away, indulge in some R&R this winter, and enjoy wellness activities, healthy cuisine and relaxing accommodation, all amid the stunning natural beauty of the mountains.


There’s nothing better than taking the time to look after you once in a while. Catching up on sleep, eating more healthily and staying active is a good start, but sometimes you need to get away from it all, maybe incorporate some yoga classes, meditative walks or even a plant-based cooking class? Tempting, right? Add some idyllic eco accommodation in the beautiful natural surroundings of the mountains into the mix, and you have the perfect relaxing retreat from everyday life. Here are five suggestions for wellness and detox retreats in the mountains this winter…


Les Hauts de Saint-Lary

An exclusive chalet village overlooking the village of Saint-Lary-Soulan, Les Hauts de Saint-Lary offers hiking and yoga holidays. This haven of peace in the Pyrenees offers the perfect combination of comfort and active relaxation. Days here begin with a gentle postural awakening followed by a breakfast of fresh local products, overlooking the mountains. After breakfast, enjoy scenic hikes in the Pyrenees, along hiking trails and over mountain pastures. The end of the day is dedicated to meditation and yoga.  For more information, click here

L’Auberge du Grand Bornand

In the Aravis mountain range sits the village of Le Grand Bornand, where you can enjoy a range of yoga retreats. Stay at L’Auberge du Grand Bornand and choose between Snowshoeing & Yoga, Nordic Skiing & Yoga, Yoga Detox, Snowshoeing & Tai Chi, or Detox Cure. There’s no better way to combine relaxation and wellness activities in the great outdoors! For more information, click here


Healthy cuisine


Cleanse your body with some healthy eating in the spa town of Brides-les-Bains! The French ‘Healthy Eating’ label (Label Diététique) was established in 2013 and has since been awarded to 12 hotels and restaurants across Brides-les-Bains, guaranteeing diners both healthy balanced food and fresh seasonal products. Meals are thought up by a team of dieticians under the direction of Nathalie Négro, head of the Brides-les-Bains Nutritional Centre, and can be enjoyed by anyone visiting the town to enjoy its thermal springs. More information

L’Eau Vive

Fancy a full-on detox? The Chalet Hôtel L'Eau Vive in Saint-Nicolas-la-Chapelle offers a fitness and detox retreat which revolves around fasting, hiking and yoga. Led by Emmanuel Roux, mountain guide and yoga teacher, this programme aims to achieve wellbeing and self-regeneration. Yoga and meditation in the morning are followed by gentle hikes during the day, enjoyed alongside a diet of juices, herbal teas, and organic and seasonal soups. Fasting is monitored and complemented by osteopathy, massage and naturopathy sessions. For more information, click here

Relaxing accommodation

Le Chalet du Blanc

When it comes to wellness retreats and the great outdoors, the Chalet du Blanc has it all! A beautiful renovated old farmhouse in the Savoy resort of Aillons-Margériaz, this mountain haven is run by Karine, a qualified Pilates and stretch yoga instructor and graduate in sports nutrition, and Patrick, who knows all the hiking trails in the surrounding area like the back of his hand! Expect yoga sessions, meditation, hiking and relaxation galore during your stay at the Chalet du Blanc, accompanied by delicious 100% homemade vegetarian cooking. For more information, click here


Crédit photos : On Met les Voiles,  Chalet du Blanc
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