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Unwind in Nice, top 5 spa breaks for 2019

The best places to relax and pamper yourself in Nice

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| Pam Williamson, Nice Editor | Published
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Before Nice became the cosmopolitan city and gateway to the Riviera we know today, it was often touted as a health retreat. That legacy continues today with the local spas making the most of the gentle Mediterranean climate, Alpine spring water and sparkling sea. 

Imagine a spa day to recover after a long night exploring Nice's nightlife or a beauty treatment before hitting one of the beach clubs looking your best. Maybe even a week-long detox programme to forget the winter rain while enjoying the Mediterranean sun. All of this is on offer in Nice.

Le Spa at Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat

You can't mention luxury spa hotels in Nice without talking about the exquisite Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. A firm favourite with the Cannes Film Festival goers and the jet set who come to Monaco to enjoy the annual F1 Grand Prix, this hotel is set within 17 acres of secluded grounds, exquisite gardens and has a private coastline overlooking the Mediterranean. Enjoy their luxury spa and experience the range of signature facial and body treatments by Dr. Burgener, Biologique Recherche and Sodashi. Between treatments, stroll or sit in the 1200m2 spa garden with sea-view sun terraces. As if this luxury location wasn't enough, you can also enjoy a world-class Michelin-starred restaurant. The menu varies by the season, reflecting the finest ingredients from local markets with a selection of fresh fish, seafood and meats.

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Splendid Spa & Hotel

For a city spa break, then the Splendid Hotel & Spa in the heart of the musicians quarter of Nice is perfect. With all the immediate amenities of city living, combined with a sanctuary of wellness away from the hustle and bustle, this is the recipe for a perfect holiday. The rooftop swimming pool and terrace have magnificent views over the city and the coast, while the spa offers massages and treatments, a hammam and jacuzzis. Open to guests and non-guests, this could be the place to come for a day spa or even just a one-off treatment.

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Spa Maria Galland at La Reserve de Beaulieu Hotel

For classic French opulence with Mediterranean charm, La Reserve de Beaulieu Hotel in neighbouring Beaulieu-sur-Mer offers luxury in a discreet setting. La Reserve’s celebrity guest book is a compendium of illustrious names from the fifties and the age of glamour such as Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable, Paul Newman, Charlie Chaplin, Edith Piaf, Jean Marais and Frank Sinatra. The Maria Galland Spa, a cruise-themed wellness centre within the hotel, will welcome you for relaxation and pampering with treatments such as hot stones, energy rituals, Nirvana massage and Oxyderme facials.

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Thalassoleil Spa

In order to immerse yourself in the full spa health and well-being experience, a trip to the Thalassoleil & Spa, along the coast in Villeneuve Loubet, is a must. Offering treatments for osteoarthritis, rheumatism, back pain, weight problems or circulatory problems as well as for those who need to recharge and relax, this specialist centre has been providing these services for over 30 years. They offer packages for the day, weekend or week, staying in a hotel or apartments. There is even a restaurant with a selection of world teas, juice bar and light dishes.

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Le Mas de Pierre Hotel & Spa

For something more traditional, try the renovated Provencal country house feel of Le Mas de Pierre Hotel. Nestled in the hinterland of St Paul de Vence, close to Nice, this hotel features seven authentic, luxurious and discreet houses in a two-hectare park. The high-end Le Mas de Pierre Spa helps complete your journey into holiday relaxation. With spa cabanas around an outdoor heated swimming pool with underwater music, a Jacuzzi surrounded by flowers, sauna, steam room and solarium, you'll forget the outside world.

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More inspiration...

Many luxury hotels in Nice feature spas open both to guests and visitors. Check out our selection of the best spas in the area.

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