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55 Avenue Thermes

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Natural Wonders, Spas Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

If you're a spa junkie, you'll definitely want to pay a visit to the Thermes Sextius. This luxurious spa is built on top of the thermal baths of Aquae Sextiae, which were discovered by the Romans in the 18th century. Visitors can view the excavated remains beneath the lobby's glass floor. These natural spring waters have long been an Aix staple — famous figures Pablo Picasso and Winston Churchill have even experienced these soothing waters. These days, you can enjoy a soak in the baths, as well as an Aroma Purifying Treatment or a Nuxe Body Slimming Massage, among other spa treatments. While some travelers mentioned the high prices that come along with the notoriety, others said the experience was other-worldly. "The water treatments all felt divine," one TripAdvisor user said. Once you've completed a treatment, continue your rejuvenation by kicking back in the relaxation area and sipping on your choice of herbal tea.

The Thermes Sextius is located in the heart of the city, just a short walk northwest of the Cours Mirabeau. Since the spa is popular, you should aim to book your treatments in advance. The spa is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit its website for more information on packages and pricing.

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