It takes two!Exceptionally delicious delights on Valentine’s Day
From the old town center to the historic canals, by way of the cobblestone streets and the lake’s crystal clear waters, Annecy’s incredibly romantic air and wonderfully enchanting setting delights and inspires.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here is a short to-do list to enjoy a great time as a couple. In the heart of the city, as you gaze at the mountains and the lake, the opportunities abound.
Salt therapy at Pure Breath
For those who have yet to hear of them, Pure Breath is a therapy center like no other. It explores every facet of halotherapy (salt treatments and therapy) and bridges the gap between traditional and alternative medicine. The center consists of three distinct wellness and relaxation environments: a salt cave, a float booth, and a tropical greenhouse. This journey for the mind and senses occurs in an “iodized cocoon”. The experience focuses on rejuvenation, offering yoga, meditation, and massages in a salt cave, as well as guided olfactory meditation. Why not take full advantage on Valentine’s Day to treat you and yours to the different options available on February 12, 13, and 14?
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Experience the float
A float booth with water heated to 35°C and filled with Epsom salts allows you to float for a full hour, bringing you into a state of relaxation for both the body and mind. (€130 for two people)
The couples massage includes: a 30-minute drainage massage for the legs followed by 30 minutes of energy therapy in a salt cave, as well as access to the relaxation area. Beverage included. (€210 for two people)
The Valentine’s Day package includes: 60 minutes in the float booth, a 30-minute drainage massage for the legs followed by 30 minutes of energy therapy in a salt cave, as well as access to the relaxation area. Beverage included. (€340 for two people)
A Zen escape at Villa Caroline
Take the time as a couple to enjoy a truly serene experience at Villa Caroline, the first health and wellness center in France to focus on food and digital detox, along with rest and relaxation. In Duingt, along the shores of the lake, the truly peaceful locale fosters a state of contemplation, meditation, and oxygenation. The day’s activities include: Spa by Clarins, yoga, meditation, relaxation treatments, energy therapy, culinary and art workshops, paddle boarding, bike rides, and more.
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Daylong intro package, healthy eating & exercise
Take the opportunity to enjoy the relaxing “villa” experience before revving up for some invigorating exercise to whet your appetite for a healthy lunch. In addition to the massage included in your package, enjoy testing everything the facility has to offer, from the gym to yoga by way of the calming of effect of simply sitting by the library’s fireplace and reading. If a cooking class is planned during the day of your visit, you will, of course, be invited to participate.
Rest and relaxation at the Rivage Hôtel & Spa
Facing the lake and across the street from Albigny Beach, spend the afternoon unwinding at Spa Nuxe at the Rivage Hotel & Spa. Use the more than 1000 m² of high-end equipment to take care of your body and mind: a sauna with a cold bath, a steam room, a Jacuzzi, a swimming pool, a relaxation area, and a tea room.
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Champagne & Spa Nuxe package
Access to the wellness area, a 45-minute treatment of your choice, and a glass of champagne served with macaroons to enjoy in the relaxation area. (€110 per person)
A relaxing interlude at Les Trésoms
A hidden jewel located in an area between the city, countryside, a mystical forest, and the lake’s turquoise-blue waters, Les Trésoms offers delightfully discreet luxury in a natural setting that fosters the perfect combination of contemplation and delectation. Chef Eric Prowalski carefully oversees the gourmet restaurant La Rotonde des Trésoms. His unique style of cooking, which has earned the restaurant a one-star rating from the world-renowned Michelin Guide, mixes regional influences: Southwest France where he grew up and Annecy, his adoptive home. Every plate includes finely prepared meals made with local Savoyard products as well as a nod to his roots. Audor salmon, piquillo peppers, different types of eel, chorizo, and Bellota ham play delicious supporting roles for such local fish as Arctic char, trout, and the northern pike.
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Special Valentine’s Day Meal
Appetizer – roasted cauliflower and trout eggs – potato mousseline, black truffles, reduced chicken jus – Red mullet, wild sunflower, and chocolate – Duck pot pie, seaweed, blueberry sauce – Brillat cheese, piquillo peppers, and gingerbread – Dessert for two to share (creamy chocolate with a hint of rose and candied gooseberry). (€139 per person without drinks and €218 per person with food and complementing wines).
A gourmet escapade at Abbaye de Talloires restaurant
For a couple’s getaway, the time has come to venture off to the village known as “The Pearl of the Lake” with its breathtaking bay. The area has everything: a captivating setting, over one thousand years of history, a long list of celebrities who have stayed there, including Mark Twain and Paul Cézanne. Frédéric Claudel, chef of the gourmet restaurant, offers take you on a culinary journey where flavors, colors, and smells engulf the senses. Simple in presentation, Chef Claudel employs high-quality products with precision, and uses a wide range of seasonings to enhance every subtle taste.
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Special Valentine’s Day Package
A five-course Valentine’s Day dinner (drinks not included) – Overnight stay on Monday, February 14, at the hotel – Buffet breakfast on Tuesday, February 15 – Chocolates and roses in your room. Optional: A €50 Valentine’s Day flower bouquet (specify when you make the reservation). Starting at €356 (the rate varies based on the type of room you choose)
Love at first sight on Mt. Semnoz
As an original way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the more pensive will enjoy snowshoeing and cocktails at sunset. Meet two hours before the sun sets at the top of Mt. Semnoz where a state-certified hiking guide will be waiting to take you on this late-day excursion. Leisurely snowshoe off-trail for two hours through snow-covered alpine meadows and the spruce forest. When the sun begins to sink into the horizon, as the sky transforms into to a beautiful shade of red, pause for a drink and share delicious local Savoyard specialties while enjoying nature’s splendor. Once night falls, walk by headlamp back to the starting point. (Private outings start at €175)
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Journalist: Aude Pollet-Thiollier
Translation: Darin Reisman