WHERE CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel Paris
MUST-TRY Chi Yu Signature Massage, about $240 for 60 minutes
WHAT IT IS Designed to revive weary travellers, this massage combines a variety of techniques to stimulate blood circulation, alleviate tense muscles and encourage a sense of peace and calm. If you’re feeling sluggish, opt for the rosemary and grapefruit massage oil, an uplifting blend that helps to refresh your mind and lift your spirits. Or choose rose and jasmine for their stress-relieving properties—perfect for a relaxing treat just before bedtime. Only The Organic Pharmacy products are used to ensure that your skin reaps the benefits of highly concentrated, all-natural active ingredients.
ALSO LOOK OUT FOR The hotel’s exclusive guidebook, 10 Parisian Walks, which features recommended walking tours that allow guests to see the City of Light through the eyes of its authors, Parisian journalist Laurence Gounel and Chief Concierge Tony Le Goff. Aside from breathtaking views of the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower, you’ll have Paris at your fingertips.
INSIDER TIP Stay the night (or two) in the Duplex Terrace Eiffel Tower View Suite. With a separate living area, immerse yourself in Shangri-La’s signature brand of luxury as you take in breathtaking views of the Parisian skyline and fall asleep to the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. While you’re there, be sure to book a table at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Abeille, a restaurant that pays homage to classic French culinary techniques while incorporating modern aesthetics and flavours.
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WHERE Pop Up Spa by Jeff Leatham at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
MUST-TRY Energising Parisian Experience, about $320 for 50 minutes
WHAT IT IS The perfect pick-me-up after a long haul flight, this therapeutic massage combines acupressure point stimulation with deep tissue techniques. Using Australia-based organic skincare brand, Sodashi’s body oil, your therapist works on your lower back and glutes using slow, firm strokes to relieve tension from long hours of travelling.
ALSO LOOK OUT FOR The Cellular Rejuvenating Treatment by Swiss Perfection, about $1,700 for 90 minutes. Inspired by medical anti-ageing techniques, it uses the Anti-Aging Trans-Dermal System to replenish lost moisture and iron out wrinkles. Opt for the 90-minute session for an additional treatment for either the eye contours, hands or décolleté.
INSIDER TIP A stone’s throw away from Champs-Élysées and Avenue Montaigne, stay at Four Seasons Hotel George V if you’re looking to do some serious shopping. And if you love the city’s street views, book the Premier Room, which overlooks the Marble Courtyard and the hotel’s surrounding avenues. Don’t miss out on the three-Michelin-starred Le Cinq, which offers lavish French fare using the best ingredients sourced from the region.
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WHERE The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris
MUST-TRY Mandarin Oriental Time Rituals, from about $600 for 140 minutes
WHAT IT IS Developed with TCM and aromatherapy philosophies, the bespoke Time Rituals are aimed at transporting guests to a state of serenity. Beginning with a detox ritual in the steam room, dead skin cells are sloughed away with a freshly concocted body scrub made of tea leaves and fine bamboo powder. Next, a customised body massage ensues to relieve you of aches and tension. Also included is a lifestyle guide with nutrition tips for a holistic approach to health and wellness.
ALSO LOOK OUT FOR The lavish Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Prestige Treatment, about $450 for 80 minutes. It features a series of anti-ageing facial massage for redefined facial contours.
INSIDER TIP After indulging at Sur Mesure par Theirry Marx, Mandarin Oriental Paris’ two-Michelin-starred restaurant that pays homage to Parisian haute couture, what better way to wind down than in the fabulous Couture Suite? Decked out in ultra-chic fittings, influences of the city’s fashion heritage can be seen throughout, including intricate embroidery from the prestigious Maison Lesage that adorns the custom-made bed frame.
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