Spas and treatments are available in all kinds of places but campsites are not usually associated with pampering self-indulgence.
Recharge and refresh
The growth of spas and interest in personal wellbeing in recent years has been remarkable. In these busy, stressful times it seems more and more of us need to stop occasionally and relax and recharge the batteries once in a while. Spas, health centres and alternative treatment clinics have sprung up, whether in bespoke complexes, hotels or smaller, private centres and ‘pampering yourself’ has become part of the holiday expectation.
Interestingly, campsites have also embraced this recent trend. Some have developed impressive, purpose-built centres with a range of the latest treatments and facilities, from thalassotherapy to hot stone treatments. Indeed certain continental campsites have spas that would put many UK centres to shame: havens of tranquillity, well equipped, from the latest technology down to the perfect fluffy robes, and exuding zen-like calm.
Many campsites consider themselves great holiday destinations, but also offer the chance to relax, unwind and indulge in their wellbeing facilities. Maybe you’re looking for a high quality modern campsite with the very latest in on-site spa facilities; or perhaps you fancy a great campsite where you can sneak off and indulge in an occasional massage.
New age campsites
Many campsites throughout Europe are responding to demand by investing in professional spa and wellness centres with qualified staff and excellent, high quality facilities. They may already have developed superb recreational facilities, such as water parks, stables or golf courses and they may even have an hotel, lodges, or chalets to rent, as well as the usual campsite pitches. Smaller campsites may be more intimate, perhaps with a less extensive menu of treatments, but no less specialised in what they offer.
Choosing your spa campsite
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and treatments are a very personal thing. The bottom line is to ensure a balance between great treatments and a location with the right facilities, whether it’s numerous activities for the children to enjoy or a good restaurant serving local cuisine. So be sure to check with the campsite directly regarding your own specific questions and requirements.
Campsites with bespoke spa centres, often as a stand alone complex with all the ‘trimmings’ you’d expect of a high quality establishment. Staying on-site is as convenient as it gets. A number of Hungarian campsites are actually situated on thermal springs and have huge naturally heated pools, as well as a range of specialist treatments. Others in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy also boast impressive centres.
Campsites which offer spa treatments Examples: many sites have treatment centres within The main campsite. Camping Resort de la Rive in the Landes, France has just opened such a facility.
Campsites close to spas or in centres renowned for spa facilities Examples: some campsites in southwest France, around Bordeaux, are well placed for local spas offering grape pip body-scrub treatments; in coastal Brittany many campsites are not far from spas specialising in invigorating and cleansing thalassotherapy.
Expect to find a range of treatments available, varying from site to site. Many will be fairly standard, others more esoteric and specialised. Variously, you’ll be able to relax in child-free indoor pools, saunas and solariums; enjoy a range of massages; opt to be smothered in warm clay, mud, seaweed, algae or grape skins; cocooned in cold fog (cold water mixed with air), tropical rain (warm water and exotic fragrances) or a warm mist; you might be bombarded with various colours (blue chromotherapy for a feeling of freshness and youth, orange for a tropical sensation).