photo: Dennis Wong

After a hard day of having fun on the slopes, what could be better than a nice long soak in steaming thermal water before joining friends for a drink? Sounds like the perfect added ski holiday extra! Luckily in the Pyrénées mountain range you’re never far from a natural thermal spring where heated water seeps up from fault lines deep in the mountain ready to soothe aching and weary limbs. Many of these springs have now been channeled into excellent spa facilities, offering a range of complementary treatments (massages, facials, saunas etc.). Here we give information on the main spas near the slopes in the eastern Pyrénées:

Bains de Saint Thomas: near Font-Romeu/ Pyrenees 2000, La Quillane and Espace Cambre d’Aze Ski Stations

Set into the mountain, a stone amphitheatre curves itself around a pool of steam – the thermal spa at Saint Thomas is in a remarkable setting, with views over the mountains and forests. There is also a sauna, solarium and jacuzzi and a range of beauty and massage therapies available. A major pro are the very affordable prices.

Les Bains de Llo: near Espace Cambre d’Aze, Cerdagne-Puigmal and Font-Romeu/ Pyrenees 2000 Ski Stations

This spa is a little less swish, but does the job very well! With indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis as well as sauna and a café-bar all your needs are catered for – you can even hire a swimsuit and towel if you’ve forgotten yours! The spa is located at the entrance to the Gorges du Sègre near the village of Llo, which provide a stunning background to your bathing.

Bains de Dorres: near Porte-Puymorens Ski stations and Spanish border

Slightly further way from the ski stations, but definitely worth a visit, this charming Roman baths is something quite different. Used for centuries by the local population, you too can relax in the warm waters and marvel at the panoramic views across the Puigmal summits.

Ax-les-Thermes: near Ax 3 Domaines Ski Station, Ariege

The Residence le Grand Tetras is where to go for a bit of après-ski relaxation after a day on the Ariège Pyrenees slopes – the thermal station here boast the warmest waters in the Pyrenees, with temperatures reaching 77 degrees Celsius underground. The Résidence is equipped with a gym, sauna, jacuzzis and with aromatherapy treatments are available.

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