French women seem to possess youthful complexions the same way they put together a stylish ensemble: effortlessly. This is hardly surprising seeing as the French capital boasts the most fashionable facials in the world, and they happen to be as luxurious as they are effective. So, forget all the ongoing hype around Paris Fashion Week because, thanks to these sublime spa offerings, we’re jetting off to the City of Lights for our next facial fix.
Chanel au Ritz
The Chanel au Ritz experience begins long before your actual appointment thanks to a rather special delivery. Has any other spa sent you an actual physical invitation confirming your appointment? Nope, thought not. Housed inside the iconic Ritz Paris, where Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself lived for 34 years, it’s everything you imagine a Chanel spa to be. It’s chic and awash in soothing hues – with a touch of gold, of course. There are five treatment rooms (an homage to the iconic ‘Nº5′), all of which are named after one of Coco Chanel’s auspicious numbers. Whichever room you end up in, you’ll never want to leave. Ever.
Facials begin with the immersive Chanel ‘opening ceremony’, during which breathing and visualization exercises work hand in hand with changing lights, warm towels, soothing sounds, and a massage, ensuring you’re in a total state of bliss before your treatment even begins. Each facial is totally customized, with products from Chanel’s various skincare ranges such as ‘Hydra Beauty’, ‘Le Lift’, and ‘Sublimage’ being mixed and matched accordingly. After an hour (or two, depending on what you go for), sitting up and putting on your robe will require a bit of effort, but after a sip of your “beauty juice” and a dip in the Ritz pool next door, you’ll be sorted. Not to mention, you’ll want to flaunt that Chanel glow.
Ritz Paris, Place Vendôme
(+33) 143 163 030
Stepping into the stunning space that is the Maison Sisley, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered the home of a trendy Parisian, not a day spa… Decorated by Madame d’Ornano, the matriarch of Sisley’s founding family, the entire 4,000-square-meter space has been designed to feel like a beautiful boho house, complete with artworks, textiles, and furniture from around the world – including antiques and objects sourced from the d’Ornano’s actual home. There’s a cozy café serving up teas and healthy bites, a boutique where you can stock up on one-off jewelry pieces and Sisley skincare (naturally), and an inviting lounge where you can easily while away an afternoon.
The treatment rooms are equally stunning, with ceilings lit up with Ginkgo Biloba leaf designs and a palette of soft pinks and pastel hues. It’s here where, to the flicker of a Sisley scented candle, the magic really happens. Each skin type and concern is considered, with a comprehensive facials menu promising everything from anti-aging and hydration to brightness and plumping, all using Sisley’s botanical-packed products. You’ll walk away with both glowy skin and some major interiors inspo. Win-win.
5 Avenue de Friedland
(+33) 186 211 111
Christian Dior once said, “’Women, with their intuitive instinct, understood that I dreamed not only of making them more beautiful, but happier, too.” And when it comes to the dreamy Dior Institut, we can’t think of a better way to put a smile on our face. Someone else who finds happiness here? Bella Hadid, who practically shut down the internet with her Dior spa selfie at PFW – need we say more? A haven of peace and beauty perfection, this serene cream-colored space (all 5,500 square feet of it) is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and is home to Dior’s expert facials.
Inside each luxurious treatment room (designed by the renowned Patrick Ribes), cutting-edge technology meets zen-inducing rituals, guaranteeing one of the most effective and relaxing facials you can imagine. These include the spa’s unique 3D lifting massage and micro-abrasion techniques, and a posture-improving back massage to boost your beauty from the inside out. You can even choose the exact Dior scent you want wafting through your room. For the ultimate in Dior decadence, opt for the ‘Quintessence 10’ facial, which – in celebration of the spa’s 10th anniversary – incorporates 10 steps. These range from sapphire crystal exfoliation to tissue massage and thermo-active masks, leaving you runway-ready. If it’s good enough for Bella…
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
(+33) 153 676 535