|The "Russian Room" // Photo by Richard Nahem|
Richard Nahem, an ex-New Yorker living in Paris, leads private insider tours showing visitors the Paris most of them never see on their own (www.eyepreferparistours.com), and also writes a popular insider's blog www.eyepreferparis.com.
The Bristol Hotel is Parisian refined luxury at its height. In a quest to compete with a spate of new luxury spas in other hotels in the city, they have teamed up with the prestigious skincare company La Prairie from Switzerland. Designed by Maja Oetker along with French architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, the tri-level spa is all about calm and serenity.
The jewel of the spa is the “Russian Room”, which has a marble heating table with a shower head, the first of its kind in Paris. The pristine white room on the lower level also contains a private Turkish bath. For something a little romantic, there are duo rooms where couples can intimately relax with a whirlpool, private terrace, and a private Turkish bath. Hands and feet are given special treatment with a room dedicated especially to them.
Although the spa is under the name La Prairie, four other brands of European style treatments are offered. London-based The Organic Pharmacy uses only organic ingredients in all its treatment products. From the shores of Brittany is Les Thermes Marins de Saint Malo, a brand of skincare that uses the marine environment as a base for its products. Russie Blanche products are inspired by the traditional Russian Baniya method, which uses birch branches containing essential oils and helps restore the body. Maison de l’Argan specializes in products that use argon oil, which has restorative qualities and softens the skin.
Specialty treatments include an aromatherapy/made to measure massage, which lets you select your own body oil to be used for your massage, the Under Rain massage using the French thalassotherapy method where hot drops of rain release your stress, the Japanese Body Brushing treatment, which uses a dry brush to cleanse the body and improves circulation, and most exotic of all is the Organic green coffee and chili oil body sculpting treatment, which tones and re-sculpts your silhouette and improves blood and lymph circulation and helps eliminate toxins.
In addition to the spa, an inviting rooftop pool awaits you with vistas of Paris surrounded by a handsome teak and glass room inspired by a 19th century yacht.
Le Bristol Paris
112 rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Tel. 01 53 43 41 67
Open Monday to Saturday, 10AM to 7PM