The clear, cold waters at Évian, legendary for their health and beauty benefits, used to be the sole privilege of a clientele that possessed both the time and the money to appreciate them. Some of this hydro-grandeur is still to be found at the Évian Resort’s hotels. Both Hôtel Royal, bd. de Royal (www.evianresort.com; tel. 04-50-26-50-50), and Hôtel Ermitage, av. du Léman, maintain private spa facilities, open only to well-heeled guests, offering the most expensive packages and are adept at pampering patrons’ bodies, souls, and egos.
More reasonably priced are the spa facilities at Les Thermes Evian, pl. de la Libération (www.lesthermesevian.com; tel. 04-50-75-02-30). This public spa is adjacent to Débarcadère (the dock), just uphill from the edge of the lake. The hotel spas are more likely to emphasize beauty regimes and stress therapies; the public facility offers a broader range of services, including tanning, massage, and skin and beauty care, plus a well-equipped gym but no facilities for overnight guests.
You can indulge yourself with a daylong thermale, which provides access to exercise rooms and classes, saunas, steam baths, water from the Évian springs, and two massage sessions. Depending on the program you select, you will spend 120€ to 180€. You can also spend up to 130€ extra per day on additional massage, health, and beauty regimes. The spa is open Monday to Saturday, usually from 9am to 7pm.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.