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France: Wellness & Yoga Week-end in La Clusaz

  

Day 1

The Yoga

I had the pleasure of rediscovering the mountain in the summer, during the Satiam Yoga Festival in La Clusaz, in the French Alps. An epic arrival after a day between two flights, two airports! In the morning, I flew back to Belgium (first trip), then changed airport that turned into an odyssey via the train (lol). Followed by a big thunderstorm over the airport of Geneva that has us (a journalist friend and I) held an hour and a half in the air … Then transfer by car to La Clusaz. 

So the next morning at 8 AM, sitting on my yoga mat, I can’t wait to benefit from the first yoga and meditation “Master Class” with Robin Golt marking the opening of the festival. In the background, the mountains! Very good meditation session followed by workshops and activities around Yoga and well-being. In the photo above: SUP yoga (or Stand-up paddle yoga) at Lac de La Ferriaz, in a beautiful setting!

  

Sushi Time

Lunch break at Sushi Fumi: cool little restaurant with a slightly surfer atmosphere. Very nice sushi dishes with traditional sushi and others reinterpreted by the two cooks and patrons, with local ingredients and more Western flavors (photos above and left).

We ate so much sushi that we had trouble getting off the restaurant, where you can also have a drink in the afternoon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Discovery : SNÖ Eternelle

The workshop that I really liked (you know I’m a beauty junky, lol): the meeting with the founder of luxury organic cosmetics and relaxation, Snö Eternelle and also former multiple World Champion in moguls skiing, Raphaëlle Monod.

The range of the brand includes sun protection (“Mon fluide protection”), a face skin care (Ma crème riche) and a body oil (“Mon huile S.O.S”) with 100% natural ingredients.

As soon as I have tested them, I will give you my thoughts. As they contain essential oils, I prefer to wait this fall or this winter, my skin being more reactive in spring and summer. Coached by the bubbly Raphaëlle to tone our face, we made a lot of grimaces (and laughed a lot). A kind of facial yoga (photo below). 

The Dinner

We go up to the Chalet du Lac, an altitude restaurant of Savoyard traditional cuisine based on local products. Awesome landscape! The cottage is in the Aravis nature reserve. Too bad that night falls quickly.

The dishes are delicious, with huge portions and the atmosphere really cosy thanks to the very friendly owner who made us taste many different Génépi. Photo below: a 5 kilo bread made especially for the restaurant.

  

Day 2

Finally in Nature!

As I didn’t want to try for the first time mountain biking, I took the Beauregard cable car and then walked for an hour through the pastures in altitude. 

Feeling of peace and euphoria sourrounded by the mountain tops and my friends, the cool cows (lol). Then again the cable car to join the group for lunch.

Bucolic Lunch

While part of the group arrived by mountain bike, we arrive on foot to the Chalet de Paccaly located at 1490 meters (photo above and photo on the right). The Aravis chain is spectacular! And the weather oscillates between threatening clouds and blinding sun.

The dishes are simple, but tasty based on flowers and cheeses (photos below). A pure moment of relaxation. 

  

The spa

And to finish in style this short weekend in La Clusaz: 2 hours Deep Nature Spa, one of the largest spa in the French Alps (with an area of 850 m²). The water course of 160 m² is designed by Serge Blanco (a French famous former rugbyman) and includes multiple hydromassage jets …

Exactly everything my body needs before the long drive to Geneva by car and then the plane! 

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Many thanks to the Tourism Board of La Clusaz for this beautiful invitation. As always theses are my opnions.

France: week-end wellness & yoga à La Clusaz

  

Jour 1

Le yoga

J’ai eu le plaisir de redécouvrir la montagne en l’été, lors du Satiam yoga  festival à La Clusaz, dans les Alpes françaises. Une arrivée épique après une journée entre deux vols, deux aéroports : je rentrai en milieu de journée d’un premier voyage, puis changement d’aéroport qui s’est transformé en une odyssée via le train (lol). Suivi d’un gros orage au-dessus de l’aéroport de Genève qui nous a (avec une copine journaliste) retenu une heure et demie dans les airs… puis transfert en voiture jusqu’à La Clusaz.

Donc le matin suivant, dès 8h : assise sur mon tapis de yoga, j’ai hâte de bénéficier des bienfaits de la première “Master Class” de yoga et méditation, avec Robin Golt qui marque l’ouverture du festival. En arrière plan, la montagne! Très bonne séance méditation. Puis s’enchaîneront les ateliers et activités autour du Yoga et bien-être. Comme sur la photo ci-dessus : du SUP yoga (ou Stand-up paddle yoga) au Lac de La Ferriaz, dans un décor spectaculaire!

  

Sushi Break

 

Pause déjeuner au Sushi Fumi : très chouette petit restaurant avec une ambiance un peu glisse. De très jolis plats de sushi avec des sushi traditionnels et d’autres réinterprétés par les deux cuisiniers et patrons, avec des ingrédients de la région et des saveurs plus occidentales (photos ci-dessus et à gauche).

On a tellement mangé de sushi que nous avions du mal à décoller du restaurant, où l’on peut aussi prendre un verre dans l’après-midi. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Découverte beauté : SNÖ Eternelle

L’atelier qui m’a beaucoup plu (la beauté bien sûr, je suis une beauty junky, lol) : la rencontre avec la fondatrice des cosmétiques bioluxe et relaxation, Snö Eternelle et aussi ancienne multiple Championne du monde de ski de bosses, Raphaëlle Monod.

La gamme de la marque comprend une protection solaire (“Mon fluide protection”), une crème pour le visage (Ma crème riche) et une huile pour le corps (“Mon huile S.O.S”) et jusqu’à 100% d’ingrédients naturels.

Dès que je les aurai testés, je vous donnerai mes impressions. Comme ils contiennent des huiles essentielles, je préfère attendre cet automne, ou cet hiver, ma peau étant plus réactive au printemps-été. Bref coachés par la pétillante Raphaëlle, nous avons fait beaucoup de grimaces (et beaucoup ri) pour tonifier notre visage, une sorte de yoga facial (photo ci-dessous).

Le dîner

Nous montons au Chalet du Lac, un restaurant d’altitude de cuisine traditionnelle savoyarde, à base de produits du terroir. Le cadre est superbe, le chalet se trouve dans la réserve naturelle des Aravis. Dommage que la nuit tombe vite.

Les plats sont délicieux, les portions gargantuesques et l’ambiance très agréable, notamment grâce au très sympathique et volubile propriétaire qui nous a fait goûté les différents Génépi de la région. Ci-dessous un pain de 5 kilos fait tout spécialement pour le restaurant. 

  

Jour 2

Enfin dans la nature!

Comme je ne me sentais pas de tester le VTT direct en montagne sans en avoir jamais fait, j’ai pris le téléphérique de Beauregard, puis me suis promenée une petite heure à travers les pâturages.

Sentiment de paix et d’euphorie face à la cime des montagnes et mes copines les vaches, imperturbables (lol). Puis à nouveau le téléphérique pour rejoindre le groupe pour le déjeuner.

Déjeuner champêtre

Tandis qu’une partie du groupe est arrivée en VTT, nous arrivons à pied au Chalet de Paccaly situé à 1490 mètres (photo ci-dessus et photo de droite). La chaîne des Aravis est spectaculaire! Et la météo oscille entre temps couvert menaçant et soleil aveuglant.

Les plats sont simples, mais goûteux à base de fleurs et de fromages (photos ci-dessous). Un pur moment de détente. 

  

Le spa

Et pour finir en beauté ce court week-end à La Clusaz : 2 heures au Deep Nature Spa, un des plus grands spa des Alpes françaises (d’une superficie de 850 m²). Côté bassin : le parcours aquatique de 160 m² est signé Serge Blanco et comprend de mutiples jets hydromassants…

Exactement tout ce dont mon corps a besoin avant le long trajet vers Genève en voiture, puis l’avion qui a eu du retard (lol).

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Un grand merci à l’office du tourisme de la Clusaz, pour cette belle invitation. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Well-Being Weekend in Val Thorens

On The Road Again

The Lake of Annecy

My first time skiing into spring! As always, we arrive by Geneva and the beautiful Lake Annecy under a lovely light. The weather is hot that I wonder if there will be enough snow to ski. 

When we arrive in Val Thorens, I am reassured! The ski resort has benefited from exceptional snow this year: 10 meters of cumulatived snow (photo below). And it’s always a great pleasure to come back to Val Tho!

Pashmina Le Refuge

View of the Slopes

I am back to the Pashmina Le Refuge hotel, still so comfortable and pleasant! The balcony of my (Triple XL / 45 sqm) room offers a spectacular 180 degree view of snow-capped peaks and slopes.

Euphoric feeling of total plenitude! On one of the bedside tables, I discovered the notebook of the My Serenity anti-stress and well-being program. During this long weekend, I will relearn to listen to my inner me.

  

Heathy Breakfast

At The Base Camp Restaurant

Some doctors consider breakfast to be our most important meal of the day, others not. In short as always, there are several contradictory opinions! To be honest, I only take breakfast when I’m really hungry.

And I don’t take it when the night before, I ate too much at the restaurant. In addition to My Serenity program, the Base Camp restaurant offers a breakfast buffet with a wellness corner and a plant milk bar. Awesome!

Pashmina Spa By L’Occitane 

Before and After Skiing

The first day: early morning I go to the spa to swim and gently wake up my numb muscles, before joining the small team for an intense day of skiing (including Alpin ski and ski touring)!

The second day: after a morning of skiing, I spend the afternoon at the spa with two friends. I start with a back massage with l’Occitane cosmetics I like a lot. Then hammam and outdoor jacuzzi with direct views of the slopes!

  

Ski Touring

My First Time On Ski Touring

First we ski to Chez Pepe Nicolas restaurant, where we have lunch (photo editing below: 2). Still as good! Then we put the climbing skin (in synthetic fibers) under our super light skis. Strange feeling on the trail at the beginning.

We are all very excited about this first ski touring experience with Caroline Vincent. This instructor has the originality to add a Qigong session while ski touring.

The climb to Lake Lou is gradual without real difficulty. It is a question of well stick one’s breath with the effort and to remain constant, pure cardio. Moreover, as often I found the descent much more difficult to manage (perhaps because of muscle fatigue). We went back to the car exhausted!

Although close to the ski resort, the landscape is spectacular and gives the impression of being at the end of the world (photos above and below). I also took the opportunity to test my new Osprey backpack (1): very comfortable and practical, despite the fact that it is a little big for a half day trip. And my first neon pink Hydro Flask thermos that matches to my ski jacket (sooooooooo girly!).  

  

Skiing at 2600 Meters

The following day, part of the small band skied solo, another preferred to stay in the station, while with Henriette, a Dutch blogger friend (with the same glorious level of eternal ski beginners, lol), we have preferred to take a ski lesson with an ESF instructor

After he checked our ski level, we take the chairlift which stops because of the big wind. Honestly, it’s pretty scary when you are (yes yourself) in the chairlift, to reach a blue slope at 2600 meters. Once arrived: strong gusts of wind and very poor visibility. Wow! No choice, we have to ski on the icy snow to get down to the resort. 

Thankfully the weather is very fast changing in the mountains. A little further down, the snow is powdery. And all my stress left! Once more, we take the chairlift. But this time the descent is much more pleasant! The wind has stopped blowing and I’m really having fun!

The Hype

The Apen Art

It’s not the good restaurants that are lacking in Val Thorens! This time my favourite goes to the Alpen Art that I’ve just discovered! A tea room and restaurant super welcoming, with an urban decor, works of young artists and a very friendly and professional team.

The food is great, I recommend the scallops and the homemade cake collection is to die for! Especially the chocolate cake (lol)! What else? Happiness! 

  

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Many thanks to the Val Thorens Tourist Office for this lovely invitation. Many thanks to the team of Pashmina Le refuge, Alpen Art and ESF Val Thorens too. As always, these are my opinons (it gets boring to have to specify it, lol!).