Several hotels in the Chamonix Valley offer access to their spa centre and pool to non-hotel guests. What follows is not a full list of tried and tested spas and massages; I have clearly not done enough of my own “parent pampering” in the last six years, as the only spa I have managed to visit has been Deep Nature’s Les Granges d’en Haut in Les Houches. I have had two wonderful massages there and I really enjoyed the spa area; there is lots to choose from in a small area (pool, jacuzzi, hammam, Finnish sauna, Nordic bath, relaxation area) and I found the location to be very relaxing and the views are simply stunning. I have also taken part in Charly’s Sunday morning Murmure Yoga atelier; this comes highly recommended (by me!) and you get reduced entry to the spa afterwards!
Chamonix Valley Spas
Le Refuge des Aiglons (Chamonix) – the entry here to the Deep Nature spa is 19 euros for non-hotel guests. See here for more deals.
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 55 90 93
Le Morgane Chamonix (Chamonix) – another Deep Nature spa in the centre of town, open to non-hotel guests for 19 euros. See here for more details.
Address: 145 Avenue de l’Aiguille du Midi, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 4 50 53 57 15
Les Granges d’en Haut (Les Houches) – has a lovely spa and small swimming pool run by Deep Nature. There is an outdoor Finnish sauna and Nordic bath on the terrace and it boasts superb views. There are also yoga and pilates classes held here. Booking a massage or treatment gets you entry to the spa and pool; or you can simply purchase entrance to the spa and pool for 29 euros. Deep Nature also offers a series of children’s soins. See here for more details on the spa.
Address: 1000 route des Chavants, 74310, Les Houches
Tel: +33 (0)4 85 30 00 17
Hôtel Héliopic (Chamonix) – with a spa run by Nuxe, non-hotel guests can use the spa and hotel pool for free with the purchase of a massage or products. See here for more details.
Address: 50 place de l’Aiguille du Midi, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 55 56
Albert 1er (Chamonix) – this well-known hotel and restaurant’s spa, Le Bachal, is open to non-guests. See here for more details.
Address: 38 route du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 05 09
Le Park Hotel Suisse et Spa (Chamonix) – see here for more details about the Serenity Spa at this hotel (open for non-hotel guests for 30 euros).
Address: 75 allée du Majestic, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 07 58
Grand Hôtel des Alpes (Chamonix) – see here for more details about the spa and wellness centre at this grand hotel.
Address: 75 rue Dr Paccard, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33(0)4 50 55 37 80
Hôtel Mont Blanc (Chamonix) – the Spa by Clarins (run by Deep Nature), at this sumptuous recently-renovated hotel, offers non-hotel guests entrance to its spa for 30 euros. See here for more details.
Address: 62 allée du Majestic, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 71 09
Excelsior Hôtel & Spa Chamonix (Tines) – run by the Best Western, the Spa Pure Altitude and swimming pool are open to non-hotel guests. See here for more details.
Address: Best Western Plus Excelsior Hotel & Spa Chamonix, 251 chemin de St Roch, 74400, Chamonix
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 18 36
Résidence Vallorcine (Vallorcine) – the Spa du Mont-Blanc by Cinq Mondes is open to non-hotel visitors by reservation. There are also children’s soins available (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Address: Résidence & SPA Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, Chef Lieu, 74660, Vallorcine
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 75 20
Further afield spas
Pré St Didier (Italy) – located a short drive from Courmayeur, the spa of Pré St Didier is a favourite place for Chamonix locals and tourists to go and relax. See here for more details.
Address: Terme di Pré-Saint-Didier, Pré-Saint-Didier, Val d’Aoste, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)165867272
And in neighbouring Switzerland you will find Lavey-les-Bains and les Bains de Saillons, not too far from Martigny.