Serenity along the Champs-Élysées
7 Treatment Rooms
When you need a respite from the flurry of tourists and locals on the Champs-Élysées, duck into Hôtel Le Fouquet's Paris’ subterranean U Spa Barrière Shiseido, 8,600 square feet of modern elegance. After exiting the elevator, the first thing you see is the Mediterranean-blue swimming pool, which instantly creates a sense of serenity.
At 50 by 20 feet, the pool is the centerpiece of the spa and one of the largest indoor pools in Paris. In addition, just off the main pool is an aqua training circuit. The surrounding area is covered in rich, warm wood and adorned with golden drapes that provide privacy. Round mirrors mimicking the look of a ship’s portholes line the walls, while slate floors, a red ceiling and ambient lighting give an impression of an elegant yacht on a calm sea. A large relaxation area adjoining the pool area is a place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, along with a selection of healthy snacks.
The Paris spa’s changing rooms are outfitted with electronic-coded lockers, showers, Fouquet’s-branded toiletries, towels, slippers and robes. Along with the modern fitness center, sauna and separate steam rooms, there are also seven treatment rooms, one of which is a balneotherapy booth for mineral springs services. In these warm, dimly lit rooms, select the soundtrack to your treatment from a wide variety of music genres.
The 8th arrondissement spa selected the beloved Japanese cosmetic and skin-care line Shiseido for its treatment partner. Techniques from the East and West combine to create the Qi Method, which is used in the 20-plus body and facial services available at the spa. With the goal of restoring the body and mind’s energy through a beauty experience, the Qi Method is meant to lead to absolute relaxation.
The facial collection offers treatments lasting 30 to 90 minutes, focusing on radiance, anti-aging, hydration and brilliance, depending on your personal needs. The Ultimate Facial Ceremony features Shiseido’s most luxurious products from its Future Solution LX line. During this 90-minute smoothing and anti-aging facial, aromatherapy enhances a hand, foot and scalp massage — it delivers absolute relaxation.
A wide variety of body treatments are offered, including scrubs, sculpting and even slimming therapy. Massages range from a quick tension release lasting only 30 minutes to a personalized 90-minute service. Energizing massages such as Thai and shiatsu are available, along with hot stones and the indulgent four-hands massage, which incorporates two therapists. You’ll be in such a state of bliss when you reemerge from the spa that the crowds on the Champs-Élysées won’t faze you.