2011 Mountain activities

Celebrated for fresh air and athletic activities, the mountains are also a place for relaxation and well-being.  With the development of aquatic recreation centres in the resorts, you can enjoy the pleasure of aquatic activities even in the depths of winter.  The centres are designed for you to have fun, relax, and pamper yourself, all with a grandiose view of the summits.

While everyone else hits the slopes, would you rather stay warm and look after yourself ?  Are you looking for fun, original activities for the whole family ? Or a moment of relaxation after a day in the fresh air ?  Without a doubt, the aquatic recreation centres in numerous resorts are just what you are looking for.  Imagine yourself swimming through water of the perfect temperature, looking through the windows at a spectacular view of the summits, testing the delights of an essential oil massage, or being gently rocked by the bubbling waters of a jacuzzi in the luxurious ambiance of a spa, while the kids take advantage of specialised activities such as games, slides, diving boards and current pools… aquatic recreation centres offer all this and more.  With something for the whole family, they have become a can’t miss component of a successful mountain holiday.

Tignes, Val d’Isère, Villard de lans, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Orcières, La Bresse, etc., not counting all the projects in progress… more and more resorts, in all the massifs, are proposing these types of facilities, which combine the benefits of water, fun, and relaxation.  Among the pioneers : thermal resorts which have become havens of well-being, such as d'Ax les Thermes with Les Bains du Couloubret, in the Pyrenees, and Les Grands Bains du Monêtier, in the Alps. The roman trilogy (frigidarium, tepidarium et caldarium) : mineral baths and current pools at Monêtier ; sauna, steam room and cold plunge in the nordic tradition at Ax les Thermes, plus a taste of the orient with the rituals of hammam… enjoy the beneficial effects of water in these temples of well-being.  Don’t hesitate – whatever you are looking for, for yourself and your family – fun and fitness, or a pause to unwind and recharge your batteries, give the aquatic recreation centres a try.  So yes, for your next mountain holiday, even in the winter – bring your swimsuit !

Photos : Philippe Royer

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