1. Balthazar hotel and spa
The luxurious one
Tucked away in one of Rennes’ most glamorous hotels, the Nuxe spa at the Balthazar is a little slice of heaven on Earth in the capital of Brittany. Just five minutes away from the train station and close to the museums and the city centre, this five-star hotel is home to a spa with relaxing facilities (jet-stream pool, hot tub, hydromassage, waterfall, etc.), sensory showers that plunge you into different atmospheres and climates and the full range of Nuxe treatments and massages. A zenful experience that continues with a session in the sauna or hammam, complete with ceiling studded with a constellation of Swarovski crystals.
- Nuxe spa at the hôtel Balthazar 19, rue du Marechal Joffre 35000 Rennes. Tel.: +33(0)299323232
2. The Saint-Antoine hotel and spa
The stylish one
Within striking distance of the station and Champs Libres, the Saint-Antoine is a high-end destination for all spa and well-being aficionados. This slick and stylish four-star establishment is home to a Carita spa renowned for its exclusive, custom-designed treatments and massages. The Hinokibo treatment comes particularly highly recommended: a traditional Japanese massage for intense relaxation. A temple of well-being complete with pool, sauna, hammam and more. Available for private bookings upon request.
- Hôtel & spa le Saint-Antoine: 27, avenue janvier 35000 Rennes. Tel. +33(0)223443333
3. Aquatonic Rennes – Saint-Grégoire
The sporty one
Just next-door to the four-star Océania hotel, the Aquatonic is so much more than a spa. This huge water centre is an entire journey for the senses. You start by plunging into a jet-stream corridor before moving on to experience the 120 hydromassage jets that work their magic across your entire body. Next, relax under the waterfalls and swan-neck fountains before swimming a few lengths in the pool. You then move on to the super-sized jacuzzis, water-jet massage loungers and waterfall showers. You can even get aquabiking in a pool heated to 30°C. Once you’re done, relax in the sauna, hammam or ice fountain to help muscle recovery. Facials and body treatments are also available in this haven of well-being designed by the Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo.
- Aquatonic Rennes Saint-Grégoire, centre d’affaires Alphasis, 35760 Saint-Grégoire. Tel. +33(0)299237877
4. Domaine de Cicé-Blossac
The bucolic one
Welcome to a hidden gem in one of Brittany’s leading golf courses, deep in the heart of the countryside in Bruz, a stone’s throw away from Rennes: a four-star hotel and residence on the banks of the Vilaine and lakes, complete with a 5 Mondes spa. The experience starts with breathtaking views over the golf course, with no sound other than birdsong to be heard. Enjoy a freshly-pressed lemonade before treating yourself to one of the many massages, experiences or rituals available in the five treatment suites. A range of different packages are available, and the spa area with pool, hammam and sauna (complete with views over the golf course) can be privately booked upon request. Other well-being activities (yoga, relaxation, pilates, etc.) are on offer to help you reconnect with nature and your inner self. The perfect place for combining golf, introductory classes, strolls along the water’s edge and fine-dining thanks to the restaurant’s tempting brunch and spa offer.
- Domaine de Cicé-Blossac, avenue de la chaise, 35170 Bruz. Tel. +33(0)299527778
5. The spa & institut Villa Gadby
The eco-friendly one
Awarded the EU’s Ecolabel status in 2008 (and France’s first four-star hotel to do so), Lecoq Gadby’s Armor Arcoat spa is nestled in a boutique four-star hotel close to Rennes’ old town. The massages and treatments here are carried out using eco-friendly IsB products, a range that draws on the powers of an iconic Breton staple: apple. Decked out in 100% natural materials (slate, tadelakt, rush), the spa overlooks the villa’s garden. A cosy cocoon of well-being with aquazen pool, jet-stream pool, Moroccan hammam and Swedish sauna. A chance to catch your breath close to the Parc du Thabor.
- Lecoq Gadby spa Armor Arcoat, 156 rue d’Antrain, 35700 Rennes. Tel. +33(0)299380138
6. Novotel spa centre gare
The urban one
A two-minute walk away from the train station, the Novotel Spa Centre Gare boasts an indoor pool, gym (with yoga and pilates classes available), jacuzzi, hammam with scrub bar and sauna. The Spa In Balance combines all the comfort of a spa with the premium treatments of a beauty institute. Expect a wide range of detox and well-being treatments (facials and body treatments) to enjoy with the family, a partner or friends. The perfect setting in a contemporary hotel – ideal for exploring the city while treating yourself to spa sessions throughout your stay.
- Novotel Rennes centre gare, 22 avenue Janvier, 35000 Rennes. Tel. +33(0)299840808
7. Hôtel isidore
The art déco one
Close to the airport, Roazhon Park and the exhibition grounds, the Hôtel Isidore is a four-star Best Western Plus in the brand-new Courrouze eco-district. A well-being hotspot with an Art Déco vibe (its name is a reference to Isidore Odorico, whose family of mosaic artisans left their mark across town), spa, gym, jacuzzi and hammam. Easily accessible and perfect for exploring the charms of Brittany or for business travellers looking for a contemporary establishment in the centre of the city’s eco-friendly neighbourhood, the spa is a chance to recharge your batteries during your weekend or short stay in the Breton capital.
- Hôtel Isidore, 1 rue de Nicéphore Niepce, 35136 Rennes. Tel. +33(0)299057088