Le Spa du Mandarin Oriental, Paris │ Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Paris -
You might not think it, but Paris can be a rather stressful place to live or visit. Whether it’s work, wandering the tree-lined boulevards or shopping that has tired you out, here are 10 of the best luxury spas in the French capital where you can relax and rejuvenate with a massage or beauty treatment.
Institut Dior at the Hotel Plaza Athénée
One of Paris’ leading fashion houses and one of its most luxurious hotels have joined forces to deliver a spa experience inspired by the exclusivity and specificity of haute couture. The Institut Dior’s expert therapists offer a wide range of treatments, all of which utilize the brand’s top-quality products and follow a specially-designed structure. Every treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation and detailed skin examination, which they say guarantee instant and long-lasting results, and a customized back massage. Likewise, every treatment concludes with an awakening hand massage and the offer of a ‘Finishing Touch’ beauty treatment including makeup and perfume.
The Spa Valmont, located on the luminous mezzanine of Le Meurice, uses products by the Swiss anti-ageing skincare specialists Valmont and offers exclusive treatments that combine cutting-edge technology with natural ingredients. The Eye Contour Lifting Intensive Treatment, which rejuvenates tired-looking eyes, is just one of the exclusive beauty treatments offered. There’s also a sunny terrace where you can dine on a light lunch or enjoy a freshly squeezed juice. To end your day of relaxation, allow the team of in-house makeup artists to perfect your look using By Terry beauty products, including the coveted Baume de Rose balm.
The Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is an oasis of peace in the heart of the frenetic city of Paris. It offers eight treatment rooms, including one double cabin that is perfect for couples, all of which open onto a courtyard garden that’s bathed in sunlight. La Prairie, known for their pioneering work in anti-ageing cell therapy, provide all the products necessary for effective and enjoyable face and body treatments. You can also experience the spa’s Russia Room, inspired by the banya, a traditional Russian sauna, or take a tea or infusion on one of the private terraces.
The Spa by Sothys at Le Burgundy Paris provides 250m2 of luxury dedicated to wellbeing. The spirit of relaxation begins with the interior décor, which uses a calming backdrop of beige leather, stone, and golden mosaics to seduce the eye and prepare the body for a host of soothing treatments. One of the two large massage rooms can accommodate couples and in both you can enjoy a wide range of facials, body treatments, massages, and beauty rituals for women and men. There’s also a sauna and hammam where you can further unwind and recuperate from the demands of work and travel.
The Ritz Club Paris has been a space of perfect bliss – where the outside world and even time itself can be forgotten – for more than 27 years, but only recently has it been totally rethought, redesigned, and reborn. You can swim in the magnificent pool under a beautifully painted summer sky, work out with a personal trainer, or take it easy with one of a multitude of made-to-measure treatments. Every beauty and wellbeing experience at the spa has been designed to be a treat for the senses, combining scents and sounds that help restore harmony to the body and mind.
The Mosaic Spa by Decleor & Carita is another haven of peace in Paris. Its 400m2 of soft-toned mosaic floors are in themselves a treat for the eyes and mind and this luxurious decoration is completely in keeping with the vibe of the hotel. The spa boasts 10 cabins, where you can experience a range of face and body treatments, as well as a super-sized jacuzzi, a hydrotonic bath with massage jets, a sauna, a hammam, and a fitness suite. If you’re feeling active, you can also have a session with a personal trainer in the nearby Parc Monceau.
The spa at La Réserve is set around a 16-meter indoor pool and comprises three treatment rooms and a fitness area with an experienced sports coach on hand. All of the cosmeceutical products used in the wide range of massages and beauty rituals are provided by the Nescens-Swiss anti-ageing science brand. Created by Professor Jacques Proust, a pioneer in the biology of ageing and anti-ageing medicine, they have been developed at the Center for the Prevention of Ageing at the Clinique de Genolier in Switzerland. A day spent here is going to leave you looking and feeling years younger.
Mandarin Oriental Paris rooftop terrace | Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Paris
One of the largest spas in Paris, stretching over two floors and 900m2, the spa at the Mandarin Oriental is nonetheless dedicated to celebrating each of its guests as an individual. On arrival, your shoes are replaced with slippers, symbolizing your departure from the temporal world and entry into the rejuvenating embrace of the spa. During the in-depth consultation in one of the seven private suites, three of which are suitable for couples, your personal therapist will then recommend treatments designed to meet your needs. There is also a 14-meter lap pool, herbal steam room, fitness center and boutique.
The wellness suite at Le Roch is composed of a pool, made from black lava rock and illuminated by natural light; a delightfully toasty hammam, which can be reached without leaving the water; a fitness suite; and a spa where treatments for the face and body are provided by expert hands. The menu of care options has been designed in partnership with Codage, whose high performance and carefully measured formulations meet the requirements of all skin types, and can be personalized to suit your specific needs. Care products from Kure Bazaar are also incorporated into treatments for hands and feet.
CHI, the spa at the Shangri-La, is located in the converted stables of Roland Bonaparte’s hôtel particulier. The classical French architecture has been evolved by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon to include a 16-meter indoor pool and 94m2 outdoor planted terrace. Inspired by the former owner’s passion for botany, the décor embraces floral motifs and a palette of watery blues and celadon green. The spa also includes fitness facilities and a beauty treatment center, where you can indulge in facials, massages, and signature slimming rituals which use products containing high-quality organic extracts and herbs, provided by the amazing Organic Pharmacy.