Darphin Centre de Beauté
350 rue Saint Honoré
01 47 03 17 70
Rue St Honoré offers the best of everything and Darphin, one of the world’s most renowned plant-based skin care companies, has opened a spa there. Follow the cobblestone courtyard where Joséphine married Napoleon and open the door. These five rooms are where you go for long sessions of deep phyto-draining masks, essential oils massages, reflexology, finger-pressuring facials, and the feeling that all is good in the world. You come here to experience complete harmony.
Autour de Christophe Robin
9 rue Guénégaud
01 42 60 99 15
When we think of beauty, we tend to think of Parisian women, and Catherine Deneuve embodies this seductive species. Christophe Robin is her hair colourist of choice and now he has staked his claim on the charming rue Guénégaud.
The atmosphere is comforting and chic; from a high-tech wire staircase to cute cow statues, there’s humour to be found, along with a great head of hair. You can also get skin care, manicures, medical pedicures, and a 50 minute osteopathic treatment. This is indulgence at its best.
Anne Sémonin Atelier de Beauté
112 rue du
01 42 66 24 22
It’s really no wonder that some of the most refined and sophisticated hotels in the world use Anne Sémonin products in their bathrooms. Neither is it a surprise to find the newest Anne Sémonin spa inside The Hôtel Bristol, one of Paris’ most famous luxury hotels.
Anne Sémonin’s treatments are renowned for being cures for jetlag and, after leaving, who’s to argue? There are the usual spa offerings available but the facials are the main attraction; the Eye Contour Treatment helps ditch the dark under eye circles and the Revitalization Treatment is volcanic mud-induced euphoria.
62 avenue des
Franklin D Roosevelt
01 45 62 52 57
Synonymous with luxury, Guerlain has successfully cornered the spa market with this tiled haven on the Champs-Élysées, which first opened 90 years ago.
Designed by Andrée Putman in 2005, the spa's interior gleams with mosaic and glass. Many treatments based on the famed products will help revive you from being the exhausted expat to a relaxed resident. Choose from personalised facials, make-up lessons or harmonising massages.
62 rue Pierre Charron
01 45 61 42 08
The swimming pool at L’Espace Payot is a technically-lighted dream. Slip into a deep periwinkle water, with its massaging pulse places and aquatic music, or simply hit the aromatherapeutic Jacuzzi.
For those who feel the need to work out first, there’s a personal trainer to help bend you with yoga, shape you with Pilates, and sculpt you with muscle strengthening.
A hairdresser, manicurist and pedicurist are also at the ready to pamper you. After all of that, fresh fruit juice and light snacks await you at the Payot bar.
La Bulle Kenzo
1 rue du Pont-Neuf
01 45 61 42 08
Situated in the fashion label’s flagship store, this futuristic spa will transport you from the busy streets to blissed-out luxury. Using coloured lights, state-of-the-art equipment and a healthy dose of humour, this spa sets the modern standard in Paris. Choose from unique massages and facials or even take a siesta. But if it’s your mind that needs therapy, then opt for 45 minutes of lying down and ‘expressing yourself to your heart’s content’.
11 rue Lobineau
01 53 10 13 30
It’s all here; everything you’ve ever wanted to do with your appearance but didn’t know you could do it in one place.
Marc Dugast has developed a system that can turn you into a stylish Parisian overnight. Morphobeauté tweaks, cleans, exfoliates and clarifies your skin; Morphobien-être kneads, massages and more to your body; Morphorelooking sorts your rotten taste in clothes and Morphcoiffure creates salon-perfect hair.
Before you know it, you’re walking out the door, strutting your stuff on the Champs-Élysées looking French enough to ward off pickpockets.
Hôtel George V
Alma – Marceau
01 49 52 70 00
Step back in time at this classically opulent hotel. The Spa is adorned with 18th century prints but there’s nothing historic about the treatments offered; from a chocolate body scrub to the Polynesian lagoon water facial, the experienced staff will pamper you to the point of passing out.
Luxurious to the end, there’s a private VIP room with a whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, two massage beds and music stations. If you stay at the hotel, you can have in-room massages to save you the bother of walking around in your robe.
There is nothing more relaxing than a massage, apart from a massage at home. The masseuses (male or female, at your request) at Cocoon come over, set up and chill you out with a choice of treatments. Massage treatments include Thai, reflexology, Shiatsu and their signature Cocoon Massage, a cross between Western and Eastern techniques, with four hands doing exquisite things to your muscles and spirit. The Vital Breath therapy is the ultimate in reducing tension.
The listing is reprinted with permission of Explorer Publishing from the Paris Complete Residents' Guide on January 2010.