A lavish wellness center in Paris
Once the home of Napoleon’s grandnephew, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is located in the city’s elegant 16th arrondissement. Near Place Trocadero, the regal, endlessly elegant Shangri-La has 101 guest rooms, three in-house restaurants, a bar and a luxurious health club that holds a spectacular pool, an intimate spa, a private terrace and a fitness center with views of the Eiffel Tower.
In the former location of Prince Bonaparte’s stables, the Health Club at Shangri-La Paris was opened in December 2012. With a palette of white and light green, the space is awash with daylight, thanks to a plethora of windows. The tranquil, comfortable environment envelops you as soon as you reach reception and it continues into separate changing rooms. Digital lockers come with lush white robes and slippers. Saunas and showers are available within the changing rooms, and Bulgari toiletries line the vanities for post-treatment primping. Evian water, a selection of magazines and bathing suit dryers are a few of the additional amenities, proof that you’ll want for nothing here.
Most notably, the club houses a 49-foot swimming pool, the largest of the city’s grand hotels and the crown jewel of the club’s facilities. Wooden loungers with plush cushions line one side of the pool, making it an ideal spot to take tea after a treatment or just relax with a book. The ceiling above the pool is painted to mimic the sky, adding to the serene ambiance. A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows allows for plenty of natural light, bringing a bit of the outdoors in. Just off the pool is a plant-filled terrace that provides a private outdoor space for guests.
The Fitness Center
Overlooking the pool’s terrace, the fitness center is outfitted with the latest in state-of-the-art resistance training and cardio equipment. Bikes, an elliptical, a stair stepper, and a Vario cardio-training machine all come with integrated Internet and television, give you plenty of options for breaking a sweat. Not just machines, the fitness center also has free weights and space for mat exercises. A personal trainer for both in and out of the swimming pool is available by request.
The Paris spa is an intimate space with two large treatment rooms, each with a private steam shower. A range of body and facial services are available using products from Carita, Themae and Kos Paris. For all-over skin rejuvenation, salt, sugar or tea scrubs are offered and last between 30 to 90 minutes. Relaxing or reviving, there is a massage to meet each guest’s desires — deep tissue, Singaporean, Oriental and hot stones are just a few of the options available. Using either Themae or Carita products, the club’s facials are both lavish and effective. For the ultimate spa day, packages are offered that include face and body treatments, combined with full access to the swimming pool and fitness room.