Beauty and relaxation in Paris

Hammams, Thai massages, Ayurvedic massages: there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself in Paris.


L’Arbre à Sens, Paris © DR

Traditional Asian massages are very popular with Parisians. The masseurs at Ban Thai Spa, with its elegant, contemporary aesthetic, have all trained at the well-known Wat Po school in Bangkok, and respect the ancient art of traditional Thai massage. The best place to go in Paris for an Ayurvedic massage that follows this tradition dating back thousands of years is the Centre Tapovan. Relaxation is also an integral part of Tibetan culture, and this style of massage can be experienced at the Spa Mont Kailash, a true haven of peace.

Not many people are familiar with the Iyashi Dôme, a treatment developed in Japan. Unlike a traditional sauna, this ancient technique adapted to modern times consists of lying down on a tanning bed enclosed by a curved lid and being subjected to infra-red heat to relax and rejuvenate the body. If you’re keen to experiment with this new wellbeing technique, try out the Iyashi Dôme at the Maison Popincourt. Then there is Arbre à Sens, where you can embark on a journey of the senses with wellbeing treatments from different countries, from the Far East to India.

Hammam © Thinkstock

If you are a fan of the hammam ritual, you’re in the right city. Paris has any number of excellent hammams where you can experience an authentic Turkish bath, as in the time of the Ottoman Empire.

At the Hammam Medina Center, you can enjoy the sauna, the hot stone massages using marble stones and the pool in a peaceful setting reminiscent of traditional Middle Eastern bathhouses. O’Kari Hammam, an Algerian-style bathhouse, offers essential oil treatments in exotic surroundings. Continue your journey into North Africa at Hammam Sultan in Seine Saint-Denis, where you can indulge in body treatments and rituals inspired by Eastern tradition amid opulent Arabian Nights-style decor.

Beauty and wellbeing

Superstars, Paris © Superstars - DR

Paris has many cosmopolitan salons where you can try out the latest international beauty treatments.
Superstars is a hair spa: a hairstyling and treatment concept invented in Tokyo. This is far more than just a simple haircut and blow dry: it is geared to totally revitalizing your hair and scalp. All the latest Italian trends are available at the Rossano Ferreti salon, named after the celebrity hairstylist who owns it.

There are many salons for Afro hair in Paris, specializing in hair straightening and cornrows. The Salon Niwel, with branches in the 18tth arrondissement, in Créteil and in Thiais, offers a wide range of beauty treatments in a unique concept store combining hairstyling, hair care and makeup.

Paris nail salons often draw inspiration from Asian beauty rituals. NailSPAris, a leading salon, offers all the latest nail care treatments while also using nail enhancing techniques inspired by ancient Asian rituals.

Ban Thaï Spa

Jeu et détente
20 rue Dauphine, Paris, 75006

Luxuriously decorated by a Thai designer, Ban Thaï Spa offers a rich range of massages that are both revitalising and exotic. The......

Centre Tapovan

Jeu et détente
9 rue Gutenberg, Paris, 75015

Among ancient Indian traditions, the ayurvedic massage is one of the most appreciated in the Western world, and city-dwellers......

Spa Mont Kailash

Jeu et détente
16 rue Saint-Marc, Paris, 75002

Rituel des Sens is a Zen temple (500m²) in Paris. Located a few steps from Opéra, this spa offers a considerable range of......

L’Arbre à Sens

Jeu et détente
4 rue Montesquieu, Paris, 75001

In the heart of Paris, a few steps from the elegant Palais Royal, the Arbre à Sens spa offers a sensory journey into the heart of......

Hammam Medina Center

Jeu et détente
43-45 rue Petit, Paris, 75019

The Hammam Medina Center is a bubble of well-being between Villette and Belleville in Paris. In a traditional oriental decor, a......

O’Kari Hammam Spa Paris

Jeu et détente
22 rue Dussoubs, Paris, 75002

Karima Lasfar never forgot the Turkish baths of his place of birth, Algeria. He created O'Kari Hamman in the Montorgueil district......

Superstars Hairsalon

Jeu et détente
15 rue d’Argenteuil, Paris, 75001

Superstars is the perfect example of the 'hair spa', a Japanese hair salon concept. Clients don't just come here for a haircut,......