Nestling in the heart of the magnificent Alps, this charming village offers a multitude of sporting and leisure activities.
A village of WELLNESS
Brides-les-Bains is classified as a tourist resort by order of the Ministry of Crafts, Trade and Tourism.
To find out more about this commune, we meet Sébastien Cottarel, Director of Sports, Leisure & Culture, and Benoit Jocallaz, Brides-les-Bains Marketing Manager.
What’s so special about Brides-les-Bains?
Brides-les-Bains is an unusual tourist resort because we work 11 months out of 12. The spa starts in March and finishes at the beginning of November.
The thermal baths are the town’s DNA. Their expertise has been recognised for over 170 years!
Thanks to its springs with slimming, appetite-suppressant and pain-relieving properties, Brides-les-Bains is France’s leading spa for slimming down and treating rheumatism.
The resort was renovated in 2018, with a brand new building to welcome our customers in the best possible conditions.
And then, in winter, we have a resort that is linked to the 3 Vallées ski area, the largest in the world.
In fact, Brides-les-Bains was the athletes’ village for the 1992 Albertville Olympics. That’s when the Olympe cable car linking Brides to Méribel was built.
Thanks to our cable car, you can reach the 3 Vallées, made up of 8 ski resorts, in 22 minutes.
There are a multitude of wellbeing activities?
It’s true that there’s a desire to develop everything to do with well-being.
Physical activity is very important. That’s why we have a huge range of walking, cycling and gym activities, with over 50 hours of activity per week on offer to spa guests. They’ll be able to find the activities that suit them best.
People who come to us to lose weight also need to eat well. We’ve developed a diet label that can be found in all 12 of our restaurants in the resort.
There’s also our spring water and a spa refreshment bar for spa visitors.
People who are overweight need to regain their self-confidence. This psychological aspect of well-being is very important.
It’s true that we’re in a village where people don’t have to look at each other. I mean, people are here to feel good.
Everyone does their own thing and can let off a bit of steam to achieve their goals and regain their health.
We went to this village for 5 days in May. Here is our feedback.
Brides-les-Bains is easy to get to. On the outward journey, we travelled by car. Motorways and expressways, all the roads are well maintained. To return, we took the train to Moutiers, then the TGV to Chambéry. The stations are clean.
Brides-les-Bains offers plenty of opportunities for walks in a protected natural environment.
Every week, the Brides-les-Bains Tourist Office offers a wide range of activities based on the themes of Health/Excursions/Leisure.
We were delighted by all the activities, from gentle walking to sophrology, not forgetting the do in workshop, walks and gastronomy.
We tried out the Grand Spa Thermal: “Aquatic Area” with bubble beds, jacuzzis and other water games, “Relaxation Area” including a hammam, an aromatic steam bath, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, and a solarium, it’s a truly relaxing experience…
There is a wide range of accommodation options, from 4-star hotels to rental accommodation in Brides-les-Bains, with special rates for 3 weeks’ rental. A full catalogue is available from the tourist office.
At the last minute, we booked the Olympe residence via Booking. The residence belongs to the Barrière Group and is managed by Nexty. However, we were unpleasantly surprised.
The price is high compared with other rentals. The car park is so narrow and lacks light. Our car door was scratched during a manoeuvre. Two days without hot water due to lack of fuel and a technical fault, resulting in cold showers.
On the positive side, the place is clean and the security guards were very friendly and helpful. For us, the Olympe residence should be a last resort.
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