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MARK SMITH headed for Paris in the spring time and opted for two of the city’s most palatial spas - the Four Seasons George V and Le Royal Monceau, Raffles - and was not disappointed…
Images: Courtesy of each featured hotel and spa
Four Seasons George V
The spa is on the basement level and is accessible via its own dedicated lift. You can pop along in your robes without walking through any main thoroughfares. The décor, design and feel are what you would describe as traditionally Parisian with welcoming staff. There’s a classical elegance to the relaxation area where you can take tea and enjoy fruits. The bespoke ginger tea is a must.
The water facilities are as you expect – an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, saunas and an incredible fitness suite. Relaxation loungers surround the pool which is adorned with trompe l'oeil murals of the gardens of Versailles.
With a vast spa menu – I felt it only right to choose one of the unique signature treatments. Tropical Magnolia ticked every box for me – a Balinese style body treatment and massage that features unique touches from Australian spa brand – Sodashi.
Tropical Magnolia, offers a true healing experience created by the spa team from Four Seasons Maldives, Los Angeles and Paris. What makes this super-special is that Sodashi created a range of products made and to be used exclusively for the treatment, called, naturally, Tropical Magnolia.
As you would expect - the scent of Magnolia is omnipresent throughout and it offers a hydrating and relaxing effect on the skin and mood. It is designed to aid sleep, stress and digestion.
The treatment begins with a foot ritual, wash and scrub with the incredible scents of Sodashi’s products. This is followed by a relaxing full body massage with hot magnolia oil. It was soothing and relaxing and included stretching and muscle manipulation beyond a simple spa massage. Upper body stretching and warm towels all feature in this elaborate treatment. It really was something special.
Price: Tropical Magnolia: one hour 30 minutes – 249 Euros
Behind an art-deco façade – the hotel is classic, opulent and a feast for the eyes. The reception is grand and spacious and you cannot miss the most incredible artistic floral displays – worth the trip alone. The rooms really are amazing (very Parisian) and were expertly designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Each is illuminated by chandeliers and feature classic French furniture, rich fabrics, and reproductions of Renaissance art. The bathroom is marble and a delight. You could easily check-in, use the spa and retire to your room and be quite content. I loved it all.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Despite being in the basement the spa was light and airy, which is definitely a great design feature and made it welcoming and spacious.
It was modern, classy and ever so chic. This is a hotel spa of distinction which allows you to relax (great sofas by the pool) enjoy some fresh juice and the healthy spa bar too – but epitomises cool at the same time.
The centrepiece is the eye catching 28- metre indoor pool edged by an infinity mirror and covered by glass tiled skylights which are the base of the hotel pond above. Steam, sauna, laconium and ice fountain with accompanying watsu pool, modern fitness centre and personalised coaching for beauty, body, pool make this is a spa of substance.
The Clarins My Blend concept was developed by Dr Olivier Courtin to address the changing nature of skin. Offering an ultra-personalised vision for skincare.
My Blend Facial begins with a thorough consultation and 3D scan examining skin condition, genetics, hormonal, environmental and lifestyle factors. Your Beauty Coach customises the correct skin care, boosts it and tailors it to you.
I required Balance of Power (No.4) for normal, occasionally oily skin that needs sebum control and hydration. It was given a boost with an antioxidant shield and redness relief.
Not only was the facial supremely relaxing and expertly done, you receive a full size Day and Night Cream of your bespoke formula to take home which was brilliant.
Le Royal Monceau is the flagship of the Raffles Hotel in Europe and rightly so. The hotel was completely re-imagined just a few years ago by French designer, Philippe Starck with 85 rooms and 64 suites. Art abounds everywhere you turn, the food is exquisite and the décor to die for. I couldn’t fault anything about the hotel or spa. Not one thing.
Price: My Blend Facial: 1 hour 30 minutes – 295 euros
Mark Smith is The Spa Man - he writes about spas and grooming on www.thespaman.co.uk