There’s nothing like a moment of relaxation after a long day spent wandering the streets of Paris. The French capital offers dozens of high-quality spas, many of them housed within some of the city’s most iconic hotels. Havens of peace and comfort, they are open to hotel guests and by appointment to non-residents. Hotel spas enable guests to enjoy the best facilities and the best expertise.
The spas of Paris’ grand Palace hotels
The epitome of luxury, refinement and elegance, Parisian Palace hotels are an iconic part of French heritage. These famous names boast the city’s most prestigious spas.
At the Meurice, the Spa Valmont lets guests choose from a wide range of treatments: detox facials, anti-aging rituals, slimming massages, muscle relaxation techniques and more. The Peninsula Paris goes all-out with its spa, an Asian-styled wellness space of 1,800 m2, the largest hotel spa in France, while the Bristol offers treatments by the prestigious Swiss brand La Prairie, with products made from gold and caviar. The Spa My Blend by Clarins at the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is laid out around the largest hotel swimming pool in Paris and offers a unique range of the brand’s signature customizable treatments. Technophiles looking for a relaxing break can head to the Hôtel de Crillon for treatments with the latest equipment, such as the TwinSlim (slims and rejuvenates the face using ultrasound) and Medical JetSystem (new anti-aging technology).
At the Plaza Athenée’s Dior Institut, the iconic French brand’s top of the range treatments welcome those looking for serenity and wellbeing. The spa at the Mandarin Oriental offers a full experience to nourish both body and spirit. At La Réserve, the spa offers cutting-edge anti-aging treatments by the Swiss brand Nescens, while the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme partners with luxury brand La Mer to bring guests an aquatic-themed spa experience with balneotherapy, energized water technology and more.
Wellness spaces that take you on a journey
Many hotels draw from countries all over the world and their traditional wellness rituals when designing their spas.
At the Studio B/Attitude at the Buddha Bar Hotel, an expert team offers treatments inspired by Moroccan methods and traditional Indian medicine. The Sublim Eiffel offers an intimate wellness space where you can enjoy massages from all over the world: Bali, California, Sweden, Hawaii and more. The Hôtel Elysées Regencia also offers traditional foreign treatments and shiatsu massages, while the newly-renovated Lutétia has unveiled its own Spa Akasha, with treatments based on Indian philosophy of the same name which revolves around the four elements. The Hôtel Cinq Codet, an elegant Art Deco building, welcomes an exceptional spa that shines the spotlight on ‘sundari’ philosophy (‘beautiful woman’ in Sanskrit).
Personalized and bespoke treatments
Made-to-measure treatments that can be adapted to guests’ individual needs are all the rage.
At the highly chic hotel particulier Bourgogne & Montana, guests are spoiled for choice and can choose from and combine various treatments, from Asian exfoliation techniques, reflexology on the soles of the feet, Swedish massages, light legs treatments, manicures, yoga, showers with essential oils and more. At the Hyatt Paris Madeleine, the selection of essential oils during massages can be changed according to the requests of each guest, and whether you’re staying as a family or a couple, looking for a lip treatment or to take care of your whole body, the Saint James Albany Hotel Spa is adapted to the needs of all guests.
Beauty and body treatments by major cosmetic brands
In recent years, leading hotels have teamed up with prominent cosmetic and make-up brands to offer specific treatments and services.
Nuxe is one such major brand; the spa at Le Mathurin, situated in the Madeleine neighbourhood in the heart of Paris, offers treatments and massages using only products by this famous natural cosmetics brand. Le Fouquet’s is practically an institution in Paris and the treatments in its Diane Barrière spa, created in partnership with the natural cosmetics brand Kos Paris, transport guests to a world of serenity.
The Spa Nolinski by La Colline at the Hôtel Nolinski offers classic French refinement using products by the famous Swiss brand, with a range of saunas, facials, massages, exfoliating treatments and detox therapies. The Hôtel Molitor with its fabulous décor welcomes the Spa by Clarins and perfectly embodies classic French excellence. At the Ritz, lovers of luxury can unwind in a world of Chanel.
The spa at the Hôtel Bel Ami offers quality treatments thanks to products by the luxury cosmetics brand Carita and oxygen specialists Maison Flamel. Carita products are also used at the Belmont Paris alongside natural aromatherapy brand Décléor. The Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles receives French luxury connoisseurs in its Spa Guerlain, while the Roch Hôtel offers exclusive and personalized treatments with the expert brand CODAGE, as does the wellness space of the Hôtel Paris Bastille Boutet.
The most astonishing spas
Some spas are unmissable for the unique memories they create, whether with thanks to their unusual decor or their unprecedented treatment techniques.
The spa at the Hôtel des Sèvres offers three exclusive treatments performed in even more unique booths, while the Novotel Roissy Charles de Gaulle’s spa boasts a modern and stylish decor and welcomes guests looking for a relaxing break whether they are just arriving in Paris or just leaving. Rooted in Hollywood style with decor themed on Marilyn Monroe, the Platine Hôtel and its wellness space create an entirely unique experience. The Spa Six Senses at the Westin Paris Vendôme welcomes guests with cocoon-like booths of oak and Japanese paper, creating the perfect relaxing atmosphere.
Beyond the usual jacuzzi, hammam (Turkish bath), sauna and swimming pool, some Parisian hotels also offer surprising balneotherapy and thalassotherapy treatments. At the Intercontinental Paris le Grand, the I-Spa by Algotherm is one of the only spas in Paris to offer thalassotherapy, but also boasts a range of facials, exfoliating treatments, energizing rituals and even treatments for young mothers. The spa at the Hôtel du Collectionneur has special hydrotherapy baths offering the well-known benefits of water.