Haute couture meets relaxation in Paris
6 Treatment Rooms
Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s Dior Institut spa pays homage to the iconic designer — but it goes beyond just the name. In 1946, Christian Dior debuted his first couture house near the hotel on Avenue Montaigne. Dior became a hotel regular, and the Athénée quickly became his favorite spot to shoot and find inspiration for his high-end collections.
The spa, which opened in 2008, and borrows Dior’s approach to design: Treatments are created and refined for each individual visitor. The services exclusively use Dior beauty and skincare products, and each one ends with a “finishing touch,” a makeup and perfume application that will make you feel runway-ready.
Upon entering the Paris spa, you feel as if you’ve been transported into a luxurious dressing room, since Dior fashion shows are played on tall screens around the entryway. The bright, cream-filled haven, which is composed of five treatment rooms and one double room for couples (think massages and facials for two), offers high-quality and bespoke services. Recently added to the spa is a private manicure and pedicure room, where antiaging treatments using microdermabrasion techniques result in glowing hands and feet.
In keeping in line with the Dior Institut’s philosophy, which is “the ultimate luxury experience for pure beauty,” treatments here are dedicated to an attractive aesthetic and total well-being. The attention to detail and personalized focus of the Dior Institut’s treatments align to reveal a youthful look alongside a radiant glow, providing balance and boosting energy. Each service at the Dior Institut is built around a precise framework, beginning with a tailored beauty diagnosis in which the skin is carefully examined by an aesthetician who also assesses your lifestyle and personal needs. Then you’ll partake in a back rub, an exercise to help with firmness or other issues, a hand massage and that aforementioned finishing touch to help you look and feel good.
Top-of-the-line treatments include the two-hour holistic l’Or de Vie Miracle facial with a posture-correcting back massage, an application of Yquem sap (the most precious and powerful Dior ingredient), followed by a shiatsu rubdown of the scalp, face and shoulders to deeply relax the entire body. The Dior Institut also offers detoxifying skin services, age-defying face treatments for men, body sculpting, a 60- or 90-minute deep-tissue massage, hand and foot treatments, as well as professional makeup application.
Once the personal skin evaluation is completed at the hands of Dior Institut’s expert aestheticians, a state-of-the-art computer program selects the perfect range of products for your treatment. The chosen products are illuminated behind a mirrored glass window in the treatment room, like precious jewels in a display case. To create exceptional skincare, Dior Science draws on the benefits of active ingredients derived from flowers, particularly roses, with extraordinary properties, cultivated in the Dior gardens around the world. These ingredients are then enhanced by the Dior master formulators for the ultimate awakening of the senses. The benefits of these lotions and serums are heightened by the hands of the Dior Institut’s therapists using the brand’s signature “art of touch” in each treatment.