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Bourbon l'Archambault
bourbon l'archambault

Bourbon-l'Archambault is a spa town which was built by Louis Bourbon in 1300 and was the original seat of the House of Bourbon. It was named after both the Celtic god of springs, Borvo, and the first Bourbon family, the Archambauds. Since antiquity, it is has been known for the virtues of its thermal waters. In 1681, Louise Marie Anne de Bourbon, the third daughter of Louis XIV and his mistress Françoise-Athénaïs, Marquise de Montespan, died there at the age of seven. Over three decades later, Mme de Montespan herself died in Bourbon-l'Archambault at the end of her luxurious exile. Charles Delorme – who was the doctor of Henry IV, Louis XIII, and Louis XIV – treated the great people of the court in this town, such as Mrs de Sévigné, Scarron, Boileau, and also Mrs de Montespan. Prince Maurice de Talleyrand regularly came here from 1801 to 1832 to treat his osteoarthritis and said that "his body's vigour and his spirit's sprightliness were thanks to the water of Bourbon." Camille Saint-Saëns and Paul Doumer were some famous guests who also enjoyed the soothing qualities of the waters of Bourbon l'Archambault and its favourable climate for rest and relaxation as so many have done since.

In the middle of the undulating, verdant Bocage Bourbonnais (typical landscape of the area), and half-way between Moulins and the renowned forest of Tronçais this is the northenmost of thermal spas of the Auvergne. A characterful town with a prestigious past, Bourbon-Archambault continues to provide quality thermal facilities. With a covered walkway between he Grand Hotel Montespan-Talleyrand *** and the thermal station, Bourbon-Archambault is one of the few stations of Auvergne where curists can access their baths and treatment rooms directly fron their hotel bedrooms.

Thermal Station

For more information call 04 70 67 09 79
For resevations call 04 70 67 07 88

Open from 16 March to 18 November 2017

Housed in an historic monument, the building and décor is quite exceptional, taking you back in time to another world. Between 2008-2009, the treatment rooms, bathrooms and the special baths dedicated to the treatment of rhumatolotgy were renewed, the pool completely renovated and an espace « Bien-Etre » was created.

The thermal waters possess a therapeutic mixuture of mineral salts, micro elements and rare gasses of helium, neon and krypton which during treatments create a relaxing, sedative and aniti-inflammatory effect on the body. The waters of Bourbon Archambault are particulary recommended for rhumatic and gynaecological conditions. Normally cures last for 3 weeks but for those who do not have the time, Bourbon Archambault offers a range of mini cures of 6 to 12 days.

Spa Liberté

Public access to the pool with its thermal water, high pressure jets, steam room and tisanerie is availlable from 4 pm till 6 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.