Sexy French hotels: the best accommodation with spas

By Lachlan Probyn,

In the age of swiping right or left, why not regress to a touch of old-fashioned spa romance with a lustful getaway in France? Whether you’re looking for the perfect honeymoon in France, or just a week away in the world’s most romantic country, we’ve found some of the hottest French Jacuzzi hotels.

With Bubbles, a flute of Veuve Clicquot, and your dreamy-eyed beau or belle, these places are certain to leave you about as smitten as us!  So go on, ignite the flame and get packing for that honeymoon, anniversary or indulgent week away!

Félicien by Elegancia – Paris

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Bold, lavish, and located in the city of love – Felicien by Elegancia is where to stay in Paris if you want to ignite the flame of love. Oh and did we forget to mention it has a Jacuzzi? If you’re feeling tired after a day strolling through the Left Bank, return to the bubbling spa which is situated on the hotel’s rooftop and boasts panoramic views of Paris. All that’s left to organise is the champers and the film scene is complete.

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Designed by world-famous fashion designer, Olivier Lapidus, this four-star hotel evokes all of the same creativity and attention to detail Lapidus channels into his clothing. A little like the sequence of a fashion show, each of the hotel’s six levels develops in theme and style, ranging from the Black floor, to the Ruby and Couture floors.

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Rooms are elegant in design, pairing neutral tones alongside splashes of vivid colour. Freshen up in a walk-in Italian shower, and then indulge in a café crème at the breakfast buffet from 7am–11am.


Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa – Colroy-la-Roche

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Perched on a hill amidst the rolling landscape of France’s Alsace region, La Cheneaudière is simply made for romance. This Relais & Chateaux hotel puts indulgence at the heart of the guest experience, offering tasteful rooms, three outdoor swimming pools, and four steamy saunas. Boasting a typical Alsatian style, featuring flower boxes, window shutters, and gable roofing, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were spending the night in a gingerbread house.

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If your idea of a spa getaway involves an afternoon floating in a bubbling spa with an alpine backdrop, you have come to the right place. For that extra special experience, book a night in the Cimes Suite which offers loft-style accommodation, a private terrace, and an outdoor spa.

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If you’d rather keep things a little ‘simpler’, Les Alisiers Suite features mountain-esque wooden furnishings, a king-sized bed, and a dreamy free-standing bath to heat up in – in every sense!


Les Jardins d’Epicure – Bray-et-Lû

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Anyone who’s read Austen’s Pride and Prejudice would be all too familiar with wanting to find their very own Mr. Darcy or Ms. Bennet. Les Jardins d’Epicure can’t necessarily guarantee such an encounter, but it can certainly promise a stately environment in which to initiate some old-fashioned chivalry. Cosseted in a dense woodland and not far from Claude Monet’s village Giverny, Les Jardins d’Epicure consists of three buildings dating back to 1865: Napoleon Castle, Florentine Villa, and The Old Stables.

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Stately, secluded, and unashamedly lavish, this is THE kind of place that simply beckons a romantic venture away. If a Jacuzzi is pencilled into your accommodation criteria, one of the six suites will successfully deliver. The Marquise Suite boasts elegant papered walls, vivid blue tones, and an inviting two person spa. If you want to up the ante even further, a bed of scattered rose petals can also be requested for arrival. Too much? Never!

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France is renowned for its robust culinary cuisine, and Les Jardins d’Epicure’s in-house restaurant certainly doesn’t stray from this tradition. Head Chef Aymeric Henon and his team carefully prepare tasty regional fare that is sure to satisfy the senses.


Le Gourguillon – Lyon

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Lyon is revered for being the foodie capital of France, and for Jacuzzi hotels it seems! Positioned under the watchful eye of the Basilica Fourvière, and boasting spectacular panoramic views of the Lyon skyline, Le Gourguillon is an experience for the senses. Although only minutes from Lyon’s oldest quartier Vieux Lyon, Le Gourguillon is a vortex to a serene world of romance and pampering.   gourguillon-papillotte-avec-forfait

Offering eight different rooms, this place is boutique in size yet grand in luxury. Each of the rooms blends modern design with tradition, and provides a private garden or terrace with your very own sexy spa to get snug in.

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If you’re wanting to turn the heat up for that special anniversary, go for one of the romantic packages which features rose petals in silk, a bouquet of roses, and a bottle of champagne upon arrival. All that’s left to do is bid ‘I do’ and the Hollywood scene is set.


Le Boutique Hotel – Bordeaux

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Quality wine paired with a private Jacuzzi is an absolute match made in heaven. At Le Boutique Hotel, this marriage is only natural. After a day quaffing some red in one of France’s best wine regions, recline in your very own spa on a private terrace, and initiate your evening in true elegance. For something special like a honeymoon, book a night in the Chateau Haut Brion suite and float in a free-standing round bath, encircled by sheer white curtains. What better way to initiate a marriage?

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Set in a UNESCO World Heritage building which dates back to the 18th century, Le Boutique Hotel seamlessly voices all the grandeur one would expect from a sojourn in Bordeaux. Rooms reveal a classic design, combining stone walls and parquet flooring with contemporary furnishings and fittings by Phillipe Starck, Kartell and Eichholtz.

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With every room named after the region’s most famous chateaux, it only seems natural that you and your respective other would feel like royalty for a night.


Le Clos des Vignes – Neuville-Bosc

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If you’re hoping to put the R back into romance, a stay at Le Clos des Vignes is likely to be a good starting point. Just 45 minutes from France’s romantic capital, Paris, this upscale guesthouse is situated on expansive farmland and makes for some intimate R&R time with your significant other. Each of the six suites comes with a unique theme and a private Jacuzzi, allowing you to explore all 50 shades of sensuality.

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Things can’t get much more romantic than watching the stars with your dreamy-eyed beau or belle.  All of this is possible in La Nature Suite, which features a glass pyramid skylight allowing you to indulge in some stargazing from your round bed. Otherwise slide into your private spa and create just the right mood with adjustable coloured light variations and massage jets.

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As gluttonous as it might be to spend all day and night ensconced in your room, be sure to head to in-house restaurant La Table du Clos des Vignes for a spot of French fare. Offering a month-by-month seasonal menu, your palette will be delighted with the likes of beef tartare alongside potato gratin with truffle oil.  Bon appetit!


Les Granges d’Hailllancourt – Saint Crepin Ibouvillers

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Let’s face it, we all have our go-to cues when we want to ignite the romantic flame. Chocolates, roses, and maybe champagne? But if you’re hoping to up the ante on your last box of Ferrero Rocher and bouquet of long-stem roses, pencil in a stay at Les Granges d’Hailllancourt. Located in the heart of the Oise region, just 45 minutes from Paris, Les Granges is arguably the finest dame of the region. The redbrick barn offers a tasteful blend of eight suites which all carry their own unique design and touch of pizzazz.

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The Coquine Suite which translates to ‘Naughty Suite’ reverently holds true to its name, featuring gluttonous pink velour throws and cushions, black lace drapes, and a private spa to help get things started!

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Too much? Find your inner Zen in the Indonesian Suite. Thanks to its imported Indonesian furnishings, dreamy four-poster bed, and two-person Jacuzzi, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a honeymooner’s bungalow in Ubud.


Royal Antibes – Antibes

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Antibes is home to one of the world’s largest Picasso museums. While your lover may not be quite as adept at painting a surrealist portrait of you, they sure can make it up to you with a stay at Royal Antibes. Situated in front of the striking blue Mediterranean Sea, this place truly evokes all the right elements for a lustful experience on the Côte d’Azur.

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When in Antibes, you should do things well, and that means a night in the Royal Design Suite. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the suite boasts a contemporary design which is perfectly juxtaposed against the panoramic views of Antibes’ historic town centre.

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Still not convinced? Head upstairs to your very own terrace, and get comfortable in your private Jacuzzi. If the thought of venturing out for food kills the mood, don’t despair, a private chef can be requested directly to your suite. As you marvel at views of Cap d’Antibes from a steaming Jacuzzi, let your chef prepare moreish morsels of goodness – this truly is luxury at your fingertips!

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