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Discover Benelux | Mini Theme | Beauty & Wellbeing
Beauty and wellbeing For 15 years now, the world of beauty and wellbeing has developed in France mainly through hotels and spas, offering guests a space for wellness and fitness. Access to these activities has been greatly democratised by the opening of all kinds of urban establishments offering body care through to wellness and massages. TEXT: SPAS DE FRANCE | PHOTOS: JEROME MONDIERE / SPAS DE FRANCE
Since then the wellbeing market has seen various new concepts spring up, like oriental and Asian wellbeing, in which parlours are trying to compete by offering outstanding services, but often lacking in quality and standards. In this context, it was important to create a quality label guaranteeing welcoming, quality care, professionalism, high-end equipment and perfect hygiene.
The label ‘Spas de France’ is the only one to certify etiquette, know-how and elegance for the French beauty and wellbeing establishments (Made in France). This warranty reassures and guides customers who want to experience an exceptional moment in a certified facility.
and spa days), all gathered around the same commitment to quality, ethics and customer services on the basis of 20 rigorous selection criteria. These centres are all engaged in an active quality approach, in order to regulate and guarantee to consumers their wellbeing and health in good practices.
Today the label is assigned to nearly 200 institutions throughout France (hotels, spas
Naturally yours… Bordered by the river Bruche and surrounded by the beautiful mountains and forests of Alsace, the entirely renovated Spa by Julien welcomes its visitors every day of the week to relax in an idyllic setting, far from the noise and buzz of the city. TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: SPA BY JULIEN
Spread over 2,000 square metres, the spa has a range of installations to delight your senses under the care of their friendly and professional staff. Customers are invited to enjoy the two swimming pools, with one stretching from indoors to outdoors for an incredible aquatic experience. Pick your treat between breaking a sweat in the fitness room or in the sauna, enjoying a massage or a beauty treatment, the choice is yours. Enveloping, relaxing and purifying, heat is the ultimate tension-tamer, to be enjoyed in the hammam, Finnish sauna or the sanarium – halfway between the two. Alternatively pick the panoramic sauna with large glass windows to marvel at the gorgeous natural surroundings.
The spa’s pride is the salt grotto, a deeply relaxing area in dim light where customers often fall asleep, surrounded by walls and ceilings made of salt – a mineral proven to have many health benefits on respiratory problems and tight joints. While originally reserved for guests at Hotel Julien, the spa has opened its doors to daily visitors, with the bonus access to the bar area, where customers can enjoy live music while sipping on a refreshment. Make sure to book your spot in advance on their website (in French, English, German and Dutch) to enjoy short or weekly stays at the Spa by Julien, and return renewed. www.hoteljulien.com
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