A Paris experience isn't complete without a pampering spa experience. Indulging your appetite with daily feasts of rich french delicacies and beverages of the caffeine and cocktail sort; indulging in the soul-invoking sounds of the creative jazz and traditional French music; indulging in the serious shopping culture that is Paris with some serious credit card crunching; indulging in all the sights and attractions with plenty of pavement pounding for happy hour after happy hour; is all wonderful, pleasurable and utterly stimulating. It leaves you in need of one essential thing - the pleasure of a quiet Parisian moment, free of any seductive aroma or gastronomical temptation, free of any noise of the musical or chaotic street sort, and free of any beckoning boutique. A timeout at a Parisian Spa session is an amazing break from the sensory overload that Paris is. Pampering and rejuvenating your mind, body and soul will prepare you for all those Parisian pleasures once more. Plus Paris Spas are truly amazing and of the highest quality. Unique, lush and innovative. Parisian love a good Hamam and there are many of these around town which offer a cheaper alternative to the high-end spas without sacrificing quality. Or how about a Chocolate Spa? Only in Paris.... :)
Here are our hand picked top 5 Spas in Paris.
A traditional North-African hammam exclusively for women in the Montorgueil district, it has the perfect combination of luxurious pampering, beautiful setting, all-natural products, and authentic spa techniques perfected by Arab women for centuries that will have you glowing. When you enter, the friendly owner Karima will show you to your locker, where you'll be provided with a robe, towel, flipflops and disposable panties to wear in the steam baths. Guests are offered mint tea, refreshing citronnade, or fresh squeezed juice cocktails and North African snacks in the lounge area. The detox begins in the mosaic tiled steam room, which twinkles with fiber optic stars. This is followed on a heated table with a gommage, an all-over body scrub with an olive-oil based soap that will get rid of the dulling dead skin build-up. Then a honey-based facial mask is applied and allowed to set while your hair is washed and untangled. After a quick rinse under the shower you can relax further in the heated Jacuzzi, surrounded by North African pottery, candles and soothing music. This basic treatment costs €150 and lasts about 2 hours. Treatments range from €90-€330, with a specialty in masks and massages.
Website 22 rue dessoubs 75002 Paris MAP
2. Four Seasons Hotel George V
Everything about this spa is regal. Marie Antoinette is the inspiration for the two-and-a-half-hour 'A Stroll to Versailles', which incorporates orange blossom (reportedly her favourite scent) in a body scrub, massage and facial. And the treatment rooms, with illustrated wallpaper and big, cosy massage beds, are certainly fit for a king.
Hair is not forgotten: treatments include Brazilian hair-straightening and extensions. Locks can be also be styled for an evening out. And as for the food… Well, you thought the spa cuisine couldn't be bettered - not an easy feat in Paris. Website 31, avenue George V, 75008 MAP
3. Spa Cinq Mondes
Combines beauty rituals from all over the world, so you choose a wide variety of treatments from Ayurvedic and Taoist massage, Balinese facial or a slimming Crème de Café ritual from Brazil. Find 5 Mondes in Paris and also at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort, Monaco. Treatments from 45€. Website 6 Square de l’Opera Louis Jouvet Map
4. Spa Nuxe
Zen meets old French limestone for a very chic day spa. Chocoholics should also head straight here for Phytochoc cocoa treatments - cocoa known for having anti-ageing properties. The hip 32 Montorgueil is on a bustling pedestrian street, opposite a chocolate boutique. It’s a spacious chic retreat located in a former 17th century wine and spirit warehouse. There are four beauty rooms and a fantastic choice of treatments. TRY: Ultra Comfortable Treatment with Honey (soothing, repairing and lipid-replenishing) 95€.
Website 32, rue Montorgueil 75002 MAP
5. l'Apartment 217
A salon as well as an organic spa. This place is terribly chic and something so creative and beautiful.
Website 217 rue Saint Honore 75001 MAP