French glamour with Far East traditions
7 Treatment Rooms (4 Single, 3 Double)
Descending the pristine white staircase into the subterranean Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris sets the tone for what’s to come — 9,700 square feet of Oriental-infused bliss. Countless white origami flowers cover the walls, while butterflies are dispersed throughout the white-and-plum-colored mosaic glass floor. Lavender banquettes line the pool, with more flowers and butterflies projected on the surrounding white walls. In the treatment rooms, modern design and clean lines dominate, though silver and purple tones, wooden floors, soft lighting and luxurious fabrics create a sense of softness.
The Place Vendôme spa has seven private spa suites, four of which are designed for couples. Each of the suites is equipped with a private changing area, shower that doubles as a steam room, toilet and treatment room. The couples’ suites feature their own vitality pools. There’s another pool option: The water in the 46-foot-long pool is likened to swimming in Evian, but only hotel guests have the chance to experience it for themselves.
The gym is open 24 hours and offers a variety of workout options, including free weights, various cardio machines and a Kinesis system. Choose personal training sessions with Nicolas Véret to take your fitness goals to the next level or schedule time with Rebecca Leffler, the spa’s first wellness concierge. Using the spa’s holistic wellness philosophy, Leffler focuses on teaching her clients about healthy food, yoga and beauty regimens. She also helped create the new Zen and The City program, a daily holistic happy hour (5 to 8 p.m.) that begins with a 30-minute private yoga class, followed by a 30-minute body or face massage. Afterward, you will be treated to a healthy snack prepared by Mandarin Oriental, Paris executive chef Thierry Marx and a nutrient-packed green smoothie, a recipe from Leffler.
Upon arrival to the Paris spa, your shoes are exchanged for slippers and a drink is offered. You are then escorted to your treatment room, where in-depth interviews help therapists evaluate your individual needs. With a nod to the Orient, which includes determining your Chinese element, treatments combine ancient practices with modern techniques and products. Partnering with famous French brand Guerlain and the U.K.’s well-known Aromatherapy Associates, the spa fills its menu with exclusive facial and body treatments.
Choose from one of six signature services, including Time Rituals. Rather than specifying a therapy beforehand, your needs are evaluated and then tailor fit to the treatment. Beginning with a shower, steam and scrub, a traditional foot ritual is then performed, followed by a massage. Body wraps, scrubs, as well as scalp and foot massages are the hallmarks of the spa’s three Journeys treatments. Incorporating methods such as aromatherapy, acupuncture pressure, bamboo and tiger eye rollers, these packages are unique among the city’s palace hotels.
Facials using Guerlain products range from 50 to 140 minutes, and are designed for radiance and anti-aging. Add the Revitalizing Eye Treatment (a massage with herbal tea extracts aids circulation and drainage and reduces puffiness around your eyes) or Tian Quan therapy (a bathing ritual that eases stress, helps circulation and detoxifies) for even more pampering. From head to toe, the massage offerings are designed to relieve what ails you, whether it be muscle tension, jet lag or stress using the fragrant quintessence oil made from ginger, frankincense and mandarin.