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Paris' Best Spas Rejuvenate, Relax And Reduce Visible Signs of Aging



If you’re a connoisseur of spa treatments and spas, get ready, because Paris offers a fragrant bouquet of spa experiences that are sure to delight even the most gourmet beauty experts. There seems to be an increasing awareness of whole-body health that is being diffused in these sanctuaries of beauty and well-being. Many of the spas here are co-branded with luxury beauty lines such as Darphin, Deep Nature-Algotherm, Biologique Recherche, La Prairie and Guerlain. Indeed for several of those mentioned their flagship spas are here in Paris. 

These shrines of relaxation and rejuvenation are each exquisite and each very different from one another. For a lifting and sculpting facial, Biologique Recherche reigns supreme; for an experience that feels like a silk cocoon and which will have you emerging like a butterfly, the Institut Darphin Paris is a must on your list of To-Do's. Deep Nature Spa, in the St.James & Albany Hotel, transports you to a white sand beach in Tahiti before you can say Bonjour!

Guerlain, for the French, is the regal experiene and their spa on the Champs-Elysées, with their white-onyx treatment rooms, is one of the most serene and elegant spa experiences to be had in the City of Lights. When your feet are aching from too much sightseeing, Ban Thai, with several locations throughout Paris, is the go-to spa, also for their signature Thai massages which aid tremendously in de-stressing tired muscles.

In terms of a day spa getaway, the Deep Nature Spa is truly an oasis in the center of the city.  If you schedule your appointment for the morning, you might get lucky and have the spa, with its pool, eucalyptus-fragrant steam room and the roomy jacuzzi, all to yourself.


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Le Spa Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome
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Aside from housing one of Paris's most sought after hair salons, the John Nollet hair salon, the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme also has a fantastic, demure little spa tucked downstairs underneath the main lobby. Men's and women's separate changing rooms yield onto a shared spa space where you'll find a eucalyptus-scented sauna, a roomy jacuzzi done all in gold and amber mosaic tiles, and a heavenly steam room. But the real treasure here is the signature facial spa treatment, Créme de la Mer (with sea kelp). It guarantees to get rid of dark circles and bags underneath the eyes. What's more, it works! If your eyes are weary from too much computer work or onscreen reading, this is your miracle cure. By the following day you will have lifted about 5 years of fatigue and stress off your face. Body treatments include full body massages on heated massage tables.


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This is one of those places where the name says it all: state-of-the-art Swiss cellular skincare in La Prairie's exclusive Parisian namesake spa in one of Paris' most luxurious hotels. If you're a fan of this top-of-the line anti-aging skincare, you'll deeply appreciate the spa menu they've developed here. Their Anti-Aging "Booster" Facial is specially designed to hydrate and detoxify your jetlagged and travel-stressed skin. Products used in this one-hour treatment include serum, the 3-minute peeling mask and cellular refining lotion, all from La Prairie's Anti-aging line. For couples wishing to spend detox time together, there is a VIP treatment room furnished with its own steam room, jacuzzi for two and double heated massage treatment tables. Everything at the spa is designed for luxurious comfort and well-being. For those wishing to try on a bit of exotic, the spa menu features a 4 hour "From Russia With Love" spa package


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Institut Decleor Paris Marais
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More than a boutique (which is what first greets your eye from the street-front) this is a full-scale, fully equipped spa. The Decleor products are all about aromatherapy and bringing your mind-body into an oasis of peace, away from mental stress and overload. So as soon as you enter into this haven of good scents and relaxing/invigorating smells, you feel instantly transported. These products are what usher you into your body or facial treatment, whichever you booked for yourself today. The cabins, several of which are tucked away in the luxury space behind the front product display areas, are outfitted with state of the art massage tables and amenities. There is even a workshop atelier which you can privatize that offers a serene meeting space as it is courtyard facing. So serene, in fact, that you'd never guess you are in the heart of the Marais shopping district.


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MAJClub Spa
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The convenience and multi-facet nature of this spa is its trump cards. Just next to the Arc de Triomphe, the MajClub Wellness, partnered with MatiSpa, is located just underneath the ground floor of the Majestic Villa Hotel. It's a place popular with the many residents and professionals from the upscale offices and apartments in the neighborhood. The pool, which has a counter current that gives a good workout when swimming laps, also offers aquabike and aqua-fitness courses. Popular now is the stand-up paddle board, a fitness rage that has caught on in Paris, too. The courses are given by a private fitness coach or in groups. The natural oils-based and very subtly fragranced spa line, MatiSpa, is what is used in the facial and body treatments here. All senses are engaged during treatments under the Feel&Be spa brand line which uses lighting and aromatherapy to deepen the therapeutic effects.


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When traveling, what does one yearn for more than a massage? But, more precisely, in Paris, an hour long foot massage. Once you've spent a day walking around the city on your feet, you will 100% know what I mean. Or, for the ladies, just a few hours out at night navigating 16th c. cobble-stoned streets in stilettos will have you rushing to make your foot massage appointment at this welcoming and warm spa. The ambiance, true to its name, is all Thai. From the warmth you feel when you enter, to the wall-length Buddha carvings that decorate doors and passageways, this ambiance transports you instantly to the tropical Far East. Of course their specialty here is Thai Massage and the couple's room is particularly roomy, with heated massage beds.


The Spa At Mandarin Oriental Paris
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As one of the most luxurious, and largest, spas in the center of Paris, an hour-long appointment at the Mandarin Oriental Spa will leave you feeling like you've escaped the city to a zen mountain-top in Asia. Powdery whites and pearly pinks envelop you as you enter into the reception area replete with Guerlain beauty products. The lap-sized pool is just beyond and the 7 spa suites, of which three are duo suites, follow. The award-winning products used for facial and body treatments are however from Aromatherapy Associates, a line that is all natural and organic. This is an east-meets-west philosophy so a relaxing body massage here is a ritual that begins with a steam bath and body scrub, then a treatment combining oriental merdian massage with the therapeutic benefits of custom-blended essential oils. You'll leave feeling not only renewed but as if you've had a full meridian-chakra adjustment.


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For those times when you close your eyes and wish you were relaxing in Tahiti's tropical waters, or getting a massage in Bora Bora, rest assured, here at Deep Nature Spa you will swear you've been transported to just that kind of calm oasis. Located in the lower level of the upscale luxury St. James Albany Hotel, Deep Nature Spa is exquisite simplicity. The pool is spacious enough to swim laps, but still offer that subdued lighting, hushed kind of feel. Their spa treatment cabins have been carved out of ancient Parisian cellars, with the exposed stone walls lending a peaceful atmosphere. To finish your massage, reserve the jacuzzi, spacious enough for two and private, as well. His and her dressing rooms have showers, lockers and ample supply of the top-of-the line Algotherm body care products. Schedule enough time either before or after your treatment to enjoy the eucalyptus-scented steamroom.


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The grand dame of Parisian spas, this spa that adjoins the famous perfume brand's flagship Champs-Elysées storefront is not to be outdone. The philosophy here is that a woman (or man, of course, too) may not know exactly what their body needs when they make their treatment appointment. So, the first thing your aesthetician does is ask you which of the treatments off the menu strike a chord in you at this very moment... Is it the body massage, the signature facial, the hand massage complement? It's up to you to put together your bespoke spa treatment, one that will last a designated length of time.


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After your couple's massage, your aesthetician will guide you into the jacuzzi room for two and hand you two glasses of champagne that you can enjoy while soaking together in the hot tub. Water plays an integral role in several of Frederic Bonfils' signature massage treatments here.There is even one that is a massage while you soak in the hot tub. Their steam room is also outfitted with multiple shower jets, affording you and your companion a playful setting in which to prepare together for your anticipated massage treatments. For an extra therapeutic session, ask for the Tibetan massage, administered by a true Tibetan practitioner. You will leave feeling renewed, energized and with all your chakras re-aligned. All the better to enjoy your romantic time with your chosen one afterwards.


When you're looking for something more than just feelgood, that is, when you're looking for results, this is Paris' incomparable address. The secret of famous actresses and models, the day you schedule your bespoke facial, is the day you'll start to look about 15 years younger. No joke. The highly tailored, individualized skin diagnostic they do to measure your skin's elasticity, its collagen and sebum levels, the state of its hydration and pigmentation, all set you up for treatments with their unbelievably precise facial massage techniques and beauty products to leave you feeling, and, importantly, looking like years have been sculpted off of your face. Nice plus: all produces here, made by Biologique Recherche, are perfume and fragrance-free, paraben-free, conservative-free and are nearly all 90% or more natural-product based.


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