Snow sports holidays are often about adventure and adrenaline - but they can also be a great chance for you to unwind. So, if you're looking for a bit of relaxation and pampering during your next getaway, be sure to look for a winter holiday destination that includes plenty places where you can feel pampered in luxurious surroundings.
For example, the Morzine and Les Gets resorts in the French Alps offer a broad range of options when it comes to spas, massages, treatments and fitness classes. Here are some options to consider:
●Le Dahu - This hotel in Morzine has one of the region's largest spas. Called the Pure Altitude Spa, it's open to anyone and facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a jacuzzi and saunas. If you're feeling hungry, visit the smoothie bar for a detoxing treat, while other services include massages and beauty treatments.
●Le Samoyede Hotel - Another hotel in Morzine, this one has a lovely spa that includes a relaxation room, hammam, sauna and jacuzzi.
●Hotel La Marmotte - Located in Les Gets, this hotel is home to the Sereni Cimes spa. It features an infinity pool, hammam and sauna, as well as hydro and light-therapy showers. A relaxation area is also available, and a number of beauty treatments are available, including facials, massages and body scrubs.
●Reves de Bien Etre Clair Moment - This wellness centre in Les Gets is open every day throughout the season and offers a variety of beauty treatments to help you feel your best - from head to toe.
●Mobile Mountain Massage - If you don't want to go to a spa, why not have the spa come to you? This mobile service offers a variety of options, such as deep tissue massages to treat aches and pains and you just need to have enough space for the massage table to be set up.
A snowy mountain in the middle of the French Alps might not seem like the type of place to try some tasty shellfish, but if you're an oyster lover visiting Les Gets this winter, then you won't want to miss the weekly tasting sessions at the restaurant La Biskatcha.
La Biskatcha is a mountain brasserie and grill that boasts colourful and casual decor. It's a great place to sample traditional dishes and grilled meats, as well as more exotic options - and nearly everything is cooked on the authentic wood-fired barbecue. It's located in the Hotel La Marmotte and is a perfect place for a romantic meal for two, or dinner with the family after a day on the snow.
Every Tuesday, the restaurant hosts an oyster tasting session from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Try a selection of the tasty molluscs while you relax on the terrace, enjoying the view and soaking up some warmth from the wood fire.
If you've never tried oysters before, a tasting session could be the perfect chance to decide whether you like them or not. But, if you're not sure about eating them, here are some tips:
●Take your time - Seafood aficionado Simon Lamont says that one of the biggest mistakes people make is swallowing the oyster in one go. He told the Independent that you can get a lot more of enjoyment if you actually chew it and savour the flavours. "It brings out the sweetness and brininess, and of course the umami. You'll miss out on a lot of that if you're swallowing it whole," he explained.
●Don't pour out the juice - Called liquor, this liquid acts like a warm-up for your taste buds. "The liquor gives you a great indication of what's to come. so take a sip, process the taste," Simon says.
●Pair them with a great drink - Oysters are often seen as a luxury food that should be served with a glass of bubbly, but other drinks might pair better with the shellfish. Simon suggests trying a crisp coastal wine or a glass of stout. The latter might be surprising, but it's a popular pairing that goes back hundreds of years.