If this year it’s decided: you’re going to enjoy a week of Thalasso in the Basque Country in France, this topic may interest you. I won’t detail all the benefits of thalassotherapy for your health, nor all the advantages of fitness for your spirit or your body… In fact, as for thermal waters, the advantages of seawater are undeniable and absolutely recognized.
That said, I will answer in detail all the questions I have asked myself to find the best Thalasso & Spa hotel in the Basque Country:
What form of wellness stay should I choose in the Basque Country? How many days are necessary for a good Thalasso in the Basque Country? Thalasso Centre or Thalasso Hotel on the Basque coast: What to choose? What are the quality guarantees of Thalasso centres of the Basque Country? Which Thalasso and Spa hotel to choose in the Basque Country?
It is by answering these questions that I was able to identify the best hotel Thalasso and Spa on the Basque coast, more precisely the one that will meet my desires, my requirements and in particular my quality criteria.
What type of wellness stay to choose on the French Basque coast?
Thalasso, balneotherapy, thermalism… Wow! It’s all very confusing! In order to choose the kind of cure you really want, it is necessary to start by understanding what it is about.
Thermal cure South West of France
It is a treatment based on mud and mineral water that is given close to springs. These cures are intended mainly for people suffering from rheumatism, respiratory problems, dermatological problems… These are curative treatments that can help to relieve various pathologies. The majority of spa treatments are usually prescribed by a doctor and take place in a thermal center over a period ranging from 3 weeks to a month.
Balneotherapy South West France
Balneotherapy is the name given to all water-based treatments regardless of the type of water: spring water, thermal water, fresh water, sea water. As a result, a balneotherapy stay can be done anywhere, even at your home in a “balneotherapy” bathtub. The benefits of balneotherapy do not result from the specific virtues of the water used but from the way in which the water is administered to your body: showers with powerful jets to stimulate blood circulation and tone the skin (can also act on the loss of cellulite), hydro-massage baths (to relax and promote venous and lymphatic circulation), whirlpools (principle of balneotherapy baths to relax the muscles), etc…
It is therefore just the equipment that will determine the quality of balneotherapy care. A balneotherapy stay in the Basque Country can thus be enjoyed anywhere in the Basque Country and not exclusively in a marine environment.
Thalassotherapy South West France
The term thalassotherapy includes all the treatments practiced with all substances from the marine environment: water, mud, algae… A thalassotherapy stay on the Basque coast can therefore combine the therapeutic properties of seawater with the benefits of balneotherapy. A thalassotherapy cure in the Basque Country will therefore be practiced exclusively on the seaside resorts of the Basque Country.
Thalassotherapy treatments, generally provided by health professionals, can relieve back pain, overwork, heavy legs, osteoarthritis…
But for most people, a thalasso holiday in the Basque Country is first and foremost a stay that feels good, to enjoy the sea, to relieve stress, to get back in shape or to lose weight. Thalassotherapy essentially includes comfort treatments (physical + mental).
Recommended duration for a thalasso on the Basque coast in France?
When I explored the many Thalasso centres on our beautiful Basque coast, I realized that a Thalasso weekend will only be a simple (but very pleasant) weekend of relaxation, rest and well-being.
In fact, for a good recovery and longer-term therapeutic effects, it is necessary to plan a stay of at least six days with a minimum of four daily treatments.
What are the quality guarantees?
With the many Thalassotherapy centres on the southwestern French coast, it is difficult to know which are the quality establishments that provide professional and supervised care and whose hygiene will be unbeatable.
In practice, there is a French National Professional Union of Thalasso which joined forces with the International Federation of Thalassotherapy to create the organization France Thalasso in 2008.
This organization ensures that the label “Thalassotherapy” and the fundamental values of Thalasso are respected. For a Thalasso hotel, being accredited by France Thalasso is therefore a recognition of quality.
In fact, to be listed by this organization, Thalassotherapy centres must adhere to a quality charter based on the AFNOR XP X50-844 standard and must comply with the following commitments:
- Site exclusively on the seaside in a preserved environment
- Use of natural sea water
- Medical surveillance to guarantee a serene cure
- Team of qualified and attentive professionals
- Guarantee of optimal hygiene and safety
- Compliant and maintained installations
It is therefore essential to check, for your next thalasso cure in the southwest of France, that the hotel you have chosen is approved by this organization.
This is what I did when I looked for the best Thalasso hotels on the Basque coast. I applied my usual selection criteria (attractive geographical location to combine a Thalasso spa and tourism, comfort, cleanliness, restaurant) and I checked that they were well referenced by France Thalasso. Thus, I can guarantee that the hotel I present to you below is a recognized and quality Thalassotherapy Centre.
Thalasso center or hotel in the French Basque Country?
Among the more than twenty thalassotherapy centres that exist along our Basque-country coasts, all of them offer different types of stays whose lengths are variable and customizable, ranging from a simple day to a stay of one week or more. For accommodation, you have the choice between staying in the hotel in the Thalassotherapy centre or staying elsewhere outside the centre. In the latter case, you do not opt for a Thalasso stay but for a Thalasso cure alone.
The option of the hotel in the center or linked to the center is the ideal option, especially since most hotels offer attractive prices for this type of stay.
South West best Thalasso & Spa hotel in Biarritz
For its exceptional setting, for its equipment but above all for the quality and modernity of the treatments at its Thalasso centre, it is Miramar Thalassa sea & spa that I have chosen from the best establishments on the Basque Coast. Of course, I also took into account the very many excellent comments that users and customers have published on the Internet.
Best Thalasso and Spa Hotel in Biarritz for its location
Located on the beautiful beach of the elegant and chic city of Biarritz, very close to Spain and in the heart of the Basque Country, the location of this luxury hotel allows you to enjoy a region rich in heritage, culture and traditions.
Best Thalasso and Spa Hotel in Biarritz for its equipment
Everything is there: Indoor seawater pool, sauna, hammam, outdoor heated water pool with panoramic view of the ocean, high-tech fitness room… Nothing is missing from this most prestigious thalassotherapy centre.
Best Thalasso and Spa Hotel in Biarritz for its innovative treatments
This Thalassotherapy center, integrated into the hotel, offers a large number of new and innovative treatments such as Whole Body Cryotherapy (benefits of immersion for a few minutes in a dry cold at -170°C) or Softmesology (effective non-invasive and painless anti-ageing treatment).
Best Thalasso and Spa Hotel in Biarritz for for its restaurants
For a delicious stay in the very chic city of Biarritz, Sofitel Miramar Thalassa has a wonderful chef (Robert Job) who, according to your taste, can satisfy your desires for a gastronomic or dietetic cuisine.
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