Saint Thomas les Bains
After a stroll in Conflent, why not spend a relaxing moment or two in some natural hot springs? Nestled in the heart of a stone amphitheatre, the St. Thomas springs are part of the regenerative waters of Conflent. Just imagine - the water gushes out at 58˚C, ideal for relaxing with family or friends. So there is not a moment to lose; it’s time to put your costume on!
As well as being the ideal temperature, these waters are known for their properties and benefits in treatment of the skin which is why a range of cosmetics is produced on site: Authentica Bio.
Saint-Thomas-les-Bains, an exceptional place
Imagine a sunny corner in the mountains, in the basin of a valley with a vast stone amphitheatre sheltering three pools of sulphuric water in the open air… You are at St-Thomas-les-Bains in the municipality of Fontpédrouse, 1,150m (3,772 feet) above sea level, where a sulphurous spring with long-recognised health benefits gushes out at 58˚C.
There are three exterior pools at a temperature of 37°C equipped with jacuzzis and massage jets as well as two natural thermal showers with regulated temperatures. Inside there are three hammams at rising temperatures, perfumed with eucalyptus essential oils and with chromotherapy mood lighting (fibre optic), and with a cold pool and showers. You can also enjoy two jacuzzis, a relaxation area and three beauty and massage rooms as well as a tea room.
The thermal waters of Saint-Thomas are classified amongst the hottest in the Pyrenees (58˚C). The water contains sulphur and bicarbonate and is rich in fluoride, silica and trace elements. Its thermal plankton means it is light and soft on the skin. This exceptional water, used naturally, has an analgesic action, muscle relaxant, is hypoallergenic and has wound-healing properties. Water that does you good!
The temperature in the pools varies depending on the climate: between 34° and 38°C. It is ideal for families – the pools’ maximum depth is 1.20m. The baths of St. Thomas welcome you all year round from 10.00am to 7.40pm. During the high season, they are open for an extra hour.
Authentica Bio, cosmetic range
Made with thermal plankton from the St. Thomas baths as an active ingredient, the Authentica Bio cosmetic range is particularly beneficial for skin problems. The micro-organisms, such as thermal plankton, stimulate the skin’s natural defences, allowing it to fight daily aggressions. The plankton also helps to maintain a healthy epidermis and has soothing properties.
Authentica Bio should be used like any other cosmetic product, over a minimum period of 28 days to allow for the natural cycle of cell renewal and thus gain maximum benefit from the product.
You can buy the Authentica Bio range on the website or in the Authentica Bio boutique beside the St. Thomas baths.