Whether it's age-defying secrets, a boost of energy for the New Year or just a little TLC that you need, these luxurious independent spas in Paris won't disappoint.
Steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the 1,000m2 Villa Thalgo spa is focused on the benefits of seawater, as with its product line. The hammam for instance diffuses sea minerals to help guests unwind fully, which feels just like taking a dip in the ocean.
The spa also has a pool with low lighting and holiday-scapes projected on screens along with matching sound taking guests far away from the strains of everyday life. Several nooks are perfect for lounging around in or having a snooze and in case get hungry there is a small eatery serving healthy, hearty fare. For a more energetic experience there is also a fully-equipped gym. www.villathalgo.com
La Maison de Dr Hauschka
One of those secret addresses known only by locals, this quaint little house that looks like an unsuspecting garden shed crouches in a passage off a busy Bastille road. An eco-spa built according to the energising principles of Feng-Shui, all treatments are carried out with the Dr Hauschka brand of natural and organic products that have been created according to the work of natural cosmetics pioneer Elisabeth Sigmund.
The therapists administer face and body rituals and there is an important focus on the self, on touch and breath, which goes beyond a simple skin-deep treatment. www.lamaisondrhauschka.fr
the tea bar at Biological Recherche
The spa for those in the know is the new luxurious Biologique Recherche spa. Set back from the Champs Elysées in a small cobbled courtyard, it was recently renovated and expanded by Bordeaux-based designer Joanne de Lepinay to incorporate two more buildings.
With lots of face, hair and body treatments on offer, the one that’s got people talking is the 3D-printed mask with woven hyaluronic acid nanofibres, an alternative to more extreme age-defying solutions. As the name lets on, the spa takes an almost scientific approach that begins with a personalised skin consultation followed by a treatment tailored to each guest. www.biologique-recherche.com
Six Senses Treatment Room
Renown for its sumptuous spas scattered across some of the world’s most exotic locations, the luxury Six Senses, part of the Westin Hotel and spa group, has braved the cold and set up shop in Paris steps from the iconic Place Vendôme.
The lavish contemporary interiors of natural hues and materials, including an impressive vertical vegetal wall, create a unique and luxurious ambience that feels far from the rainy skies and wintry temperatures outside – just like the eclectic range of treatments. Guests can opt for a Japanese Hanakasumi rice power and cherry blossom scrub, an Indian head massage or honey face mask to a Luminov brightening facial. www.sixsenses.com
One of Paris’ top below-the-radar pampering spots, L’Echappée urban spa is one of the city’s most attractive. With exposed brick walls and polished concrete floors, the main space wraps around a small pool set under a large glass atelier style roof letting in plenty of natural light.
The slick yet homely interiors have a soothing uplifting atmosphere that’s difficult to tear yourself away from. As well as Absolution facials, massages, and hammam rituals, the spa also offers yoga and Pilates. L’Echappée also has a restaurant, offering tasty but healthy bites to eat, that has become a popular meeting spot for brunch at the weekend. www.lechappee.com