Lazy moments in the city's most exclusive spas is exactly what the doctor ordered for visitors wanting to kick back and relax in Paris.
As the beauty therapist’s fingers delicately dance on your face working in Valmont’s latest mask, Masque Majestueux, from the luxury brand’s new L’Elixir des Glaciers skincare range, let yourself go and embrace the sleepy state taking over. The Soin Majestueux facial is 90 minutes of relaxation with the treatment leaving your skin hydrated, nourished and with a glow. Working to lift your facial muscles, the treatment aims to smooth fine lines while applying the Japanese Kobido massage technique that uses pressure on your acupuncture points to promote in-depth rejuvenation. While the mask is working its magic the therapist treats you to a head massage, further taking you into the relaxation cloud that has you floating on air. Ideally book this treatment at the end of the day to avoid applying make-up afterwards to prolong the benefits of the facial for as long as possible without polluting your skin, or upon landing in Paris to rejuvenate it after your flight.
Le Meurice Hotel, 228 rue de Rivoli (1st), 01 44 58 10 77
Gentlemen, sit back and take time out to enjoy a moment of complete relaxation at Cercle Delacre, a space dedicated to you and only you. The spa, which opened its doors in 1990, boasts a private club atmosphere and features a restaurant and both a steam room and sauna to decompress after a day of long meetings or non-stop sightseeing. Sprawled over two floors, the spa includes a barbershop and treatment rooms for facials and massages ranging from anti-aging facials to deep tissue massages.
17 ave George V (8th), 01 40 70 99 70
Ban Thaï Spa
Forget the world for two hours while you enjoy a traditional Thai massage at the hands of WAT PO-trained therapists at Ban Thaï Spa. Conveniently located between Place du Trocadéro and Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the spa is an ideal treat after a day of intense shopping and sightseeing. Taking you on a relaxing voyage through relaxing music and sensual scents, the spa is both welcoming and relaxing from the moment you enter it. Single and double massage rooms allow guests to enjoy a massage solo or with a partner or friend, and with the spa open daily from 11 am to 9 pm you can easily unwind at any time of the day. Choose a foot massage to relieve you from aching feet from walking around all day or opt for the traditional Thai massage, which focuses on releasing tension by combining acupressure and yoga positions.
25 ave Raymond Poincaré (16th), 01 43 59 39 39
The Nolinski Spa
A massage at the Nolinski Hotel Spa by La Colline, which won the 2017 Prix Villégiature award for Best Hotel Spa in Europe, is the perfect gift to gift yourself and your partner while visiting the City of Light. Escape the cold outside and pamper yourself with the spa’s standout treatment, the Nolinski Signature Ritual. The treatment starts off with a foot bath before a back massage using massage candle oil is given to the soothing sounds of Mozart. The ritual ends with a hot stone massage and a hands and feet reflexology treatment ensuring that every part of the body is relaxed. The spa also offers an impressive playlist of music so every client can choose his or her ideal soothing sound, from classical music to opera, making sure your ears are not forgotten about as you gaze up at the twinkling ceiling of the room during the two and a half-hour treatment.
16 ave de l’Opéra (1st), 01 42 86 10 10
Department store Printemps’s recently reopened beauty space has set the benchmark quite high with not only offering shoppers a plethora of beauty products, a hairdresser and nail salon, the new space also boasts a spa. The Nuxe Spa is open daily during the opening hours of the department store and has put in place a treatment menu, which includes a 30-minute bespoke massage and express scalp massage to get you relaxed after a day of intensive shopping or to revitalise you between shopping finds. Reservations are required, except for the express treatments.
61 rue Caumartin (9th), 01 42 82 52 52