Hating the heat already? Cool down at one Paris' luxury pools where you can spa, dine, relax and take in the views of the city.
An must-visit of the Parisian pool scene, this Art Deco delight is legendary. Molitor was a hotspot in the city from its inauguration in 1929. It is also the location where the bikini was introduced by Louis Réard in 1946 and, if you ever read the novel or seen the film Life of Pi, you'll recall it is the location the hero is named after.
It was closed after being classified as a monument historique in 1989 and after twenty years in limbo, the Accor Hotel Group acquired it and rebuilt it from scratch in it’s original style.
The two pools now offer non-hotel guests a €180 day pass, however the secret, if you’re not staying there, is to book lunch at the fabulous Yannick Alleno restaurant and opt for the €65 'Healthy Lunch Break' option (Monday to Saturday 11am to 2pm) which entitles you to a dip – thereby getting the best of both worlds! Open from 11.30am till 2am. www.piscine-molitor.com
Without a doubt one of Paris’ poshest pools, the Royal Monceau’s downstairs oasis is a place of beauty. Set within Paris’ Raffles Hotel Clarins Spa and designed by Philip Starck the space is utterly luminous and plush. The 23-meter pool sits pretty in the vast all 1,500 square meter spa and claims the honour of being the longest ever built in a Paris luxury hotel. With its vintage style mirrors and pristine loungers, it’s a world away from the busy Avenue Hoche overhead. Non-guests are able to take a swim when booking a spa day. Open from 6.30am to 10pm weekdays, Sunday: 7.30am to 8.30pm. www.leroyalmonceau.com
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Another of Paris’ finest palace pools. The health club is dominated by a grandiose pool signed Pierre Yves Rochon. Open since 2012, the 15x6 meter pool comes with Grecian inspired columns and Italian mosaic depicting an oriental Celadon green carpet, floor to ceiling windows and a blue sky trompe l’oeuil “sky”, pouring yet more light in.
Access to the pool comes when you use the spa, or treat yourself with book a ‘Happy Detox’ session, valid until 25th August, a whiole day of pre or post holiday detoxing, which includes an hour’s coaching session and a Tchi-Drink on the terrace for €189. Open daily from 10am to 9pm. www.shangri-la.com/paris
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Piscine Josephine Baker
A pool break in Paris needn’t cost the earth. Some municipal pools are worth a trip too. Dubbed the city’s first “floating pool,” the Piscine Josephine Baker is actually set on a boat on the Seine, facing Bercy, just off the Bibliothque Nationale.
Covered in winter, the best time to visit is in summer, to soak up the ‘Paris Plage’ atmosphere when the sliding glass roof comes off and catch the unparalleled views over the river and its never-ending waltz of traffic. There’s a 25 metre pool as well as a jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, solarium, a 50 square metre paddling pool, WIFI and a small café. Opening times vary. Summer: open weekends 10am-8pm, weekdays 7-9am, 10am-10pm or midnight. Entry fee: €3. www.carilis.fr
Piscine Josephine Baker © Paris Tourist Office/Marc Bertrand
Centre Aquatic Neuilly Sur Seine
With three indoor pools (one with a slide), an outdoor pool and two solariums as well as it’s own beach, there’s plenty to keep you busy in this upscale public aquatic centre. In addition to the swimming, one can hit the spa, hammams, saunas and tanning booths. Popular with local families, it’s got a nice holiday vibe to it, though it can get busy at peak times. Summer, open weekends 9am-7pm, weekdays 11am-8pm. Entry fee in summer: €7 www.neuillysurseine.fr/centre-aquatique
Centre Aquatic Neuilly Sur Seine