Above: Indoor thalassotherapy pool at Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa

The benefits of thalassotherapy have been known for centuries. In 414 B.C., Euripides wrote that “the sea cures all human ailments.” Modern thalassotherapy, a series of seawater spa treatments with proven medical benefits, was born in 1964 when Louison Bobet, a famous French cyclist, was amazed by the speed and ease with which he recovered from a serious accident while being treated at a seawater medical institute in Roscoff. Bobet translated his cure into a series of treatments at the spa he opened in Quiberon. The popularity of thalassotherapy as a get-in-shape and weight-loss cure exploded. I spent a week at the Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa hotel two years ago. It was a deeply relaxing and reinvigorating experience, during which I effortlessly shed pounds. I look forward to returning to this wonderful spa again sometime in the very near future.

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Above: Indoor thalassotherapy pool at Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa

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