After a day, or days, of touring the glorious sites of Paris, you may want some downtime to pamper and reinvigorate yourself. The best way to do this is to visit a day spa. Some of the top spas are located in luxury hotels across the city and are operated by some of the best wellness and beauty companies, and there are also great local spas, as well. We have organized a comprehensive list of day spas for you to enjoy in the City of Light.
1. Chanel Spa At The Ritz Paris, Place Vendome
The cream of the crop of Paris spas is the Chanel Spa at the Ritz Paris. In 2016, the famed Ritz Paris hotel was completely renovated to the tune of over $400 million, which included installing a lavish new spa. Coco Chanel lived in a suite at The Ritz from 1934 to 1971, so a spa with her name on it is an ideal fit. The two-story spa has seven treatment rooms, and all the treatments exclusively use Chanel beauty products.
Signature spa treatments include a deep tissue sports massage with a technique used on top athletes, a customized massage designed to your needs and wishes, an immersive massage specializing in working on the nerve endings of the neck and feet, and a two-step facial that starts with a deep, Moroccan-style cleanse. Other treatments include hand and foot treatments and manicures.
After your feel-good treatment, relax on a cushy chaise lounge chair by the opulent indoor pool, and indulge in a cocktail (non-alcoholic beverages are also available) by legendary cocktail master Colin Field of the hotel’s Bar Hemingway. Don’t need a libation? Enjoy freshly made juices.
Cap off your spa experience with a visit to the David Mallet beauty salon, which offers haircuts, shampoo and blows, and hair coloring.
2. Les Bains Du Marais, Le Marais
A spa with a large-scale traditional Turkish bath and sauna sets Les Bains du Marais apart from the hotel spas, along with its more reasonable prices. Located on a quiet street in the Marais district, Les Bains du Marais has two spa menus: one with treatments dispensed in the hammam (Turkish bath) and the other with regular spa treatments. The hammam menu includes a full body scrub using a special black soap, a face mask using honey, a body treatment using argan oil, and another body treatment using orange blossom oil. The extensive massage list includes a Thai massage, essential oils massage, hot stones, Tibetan massage, pregnancy massage, and a Balinese massage. Manicures and pedicures, eyebrow sculpting and tinting, an anti-aging drainage treatment, and body-waxing processes using sugar and honey are also available.
Les Bains du Marais offers a special mother-daughter package, where they can enjoy treatments side by side.
If you work up an appetite after your spa experience, you can enjoy the excellent mid-east and Mediterranean cuisine at the Le Cafe des Bains.
Prices start around €40 for access to the hammam and sauna facilities with an additional cost for a body scrub.
Pro Tip: Certain days are reserved exclusively for either men or women for use of the hammam and steam bath, so check the weekly calendar on their website to review your options.
3. Spa At The Mandarin Oriental, Rue Saint-Honore
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental was recently awarded Best Unique Spa Experience and Best Luxury Hotel Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards, so with that in mind, you are assured an exceptional spa experience.
Time-honored Asian-style methods are the highlight of the treatment list. Specialty treatments include Oriental Harmony, an incredible four-hand/two-person massage that begins with a calming, herbal foot bath; Oriental Bamboo massage, an invigorating treatment using warm bamboo sticks; Digital Wellness Escape, which focuses on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands, and feet, resetting those areas after long hours spent on digital devices; and Jet Lag Comforter, which balances and resets your energy from the stress of jet lag.
The Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Prestige Treatment is an intensive, three-step facial inspired by the ancient orchid plant. Your face is treated to three different masks followed by special attention paid to an eye contour and the neck area.
The seven treatment rooms each have a sink, shower, toilet, and changing room. There are also double treatment rooms.
The spa also has an Olympic-sized indoor lap pool, a fully-equipped gym, and personal trainers on demand.
4. My Blend Spa By Clarins At Le Royal Monceau, Arc De Triomphe
The largest indoor pool in Paris, measuring an impressive 75 feet in length and bathed in natural light, is the highlight of the My Blend Spa by Clarins at Le Royal Monceau hotel. If you can steal yourself away from lounging by the pool or swimming laps, you should indulge in their spa treatments.
Clarins is a highly regarded skincare, cosmetics, and perfume maker based in France. Their chain of spas uphold the high standards of the brand, and their products are used exclusively. The Ultra Relaxing Aroma Facial uses the “Ayouroma Touch” along with Clarins oils in a deep cleansing facial and scalp massage; in the Watsu Ritual, a soothing and hypnotic water treatment, you are gently rocked in the pool by a Watsu master; the Royal Energy Treatment is a 90-minute combination massage and facial. They also offer reflexology and shiatsu massages -- and these are just a few samples of the multi-faceted treatment list.
Clarins produces a full makeup line, and you can have your makeup done, have your eyelashes colored, and also receive a manicure and pedicure. A variety of waxing options for the various body parts are available including Brazilian, low-cut, and integral bikini, eyebrow, ear, nose, and thighs.
5. Spa Cinq Mondes, Opera Garnier
Centrally located near the Opera Garnier, Spa Cinq Mondes offers spa treatments from across the globe. The two owners traveled over a period of 18 months to five regions of the world -- India, Japan, China, Bali, and Morocco -- to study their ancient wellness techniques and incorporated their findings into a Parisian location.
Cinq Mondes facials range from 20 to 80 minutes and include a Bali Flowers ritual; a Taoist Fountain of Youth Facial, with acupuncture methods as a base; the Japanese Ko Bi Do Lifting and Plumping method, which focuses on a deep tissue massage of concentrating on the eye contour, the neckline, the mouth, and the arms; and the Bali Fruits and Flowers Facial, which combines a fruit and flower mixture scrub. The massage menu offers a Tonifying Indian Ayurvedic Massage Ritual, using hot oil and fragrances of cardamom and vanilla; a French-Polynesia Ritual, which uses deep pressure and long strokes along with the essence of the Tiare flower; and the North Africa Massage Ritual, where the entire body is covered and massaged with hot argan oil.
Cinq Modes also sells a comprehensive line of their own products, including face masks, moisturizers, exfoliators, foot and hand creams, fragrances, shower and bath oils, and scented candles.
6. L’Institut Guerlain, Champs-Elysees
Guerlain is the oldest perfume maker in France. Established in 1828, they at one time produced fragrances for French and British royalty, including Napoleon III and Queen Victoria. They have a luxurious spa at their Champs-Elysees flagship boutique.
L’Institut Guerlain at 68 Champs-Elysees offers made-to-measure treatments by having a consultation with the client to determine the best treatment for their personal needs and wants. There’s also the Imperial Relaxing Ritual, where you are enveloped in the Eau de Cologne Imperiale, one of Guerlain’s top fragrances. The nine treatment rooms are luxuriously appointed with marble sinks, and treatment beds are clothed in all-white linens.
After your treatment, you can meander through the store below and select a perfume or eau de cologne, and then have lunch or a snack at the restaurant on the lower level, Les Delices du 68, with a menu by Michelin-star chef Guy Martin.
It’s recommended to arrive for your spa treatment 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so you’ll have some time to undress and prepare for your treatment. Medical experts say you shouldn’t have a massage if you have a cold or flu, as it can make it worse. If you have a deep massage or an intense treatment, it’s recommended that you drink plenty of water afterward to replenish your muscles, and also not do any strenuous exercise or activity for a few hours after the treatment. Most spas have a separate room or area you can relax in after your treatment.