There are few places on Earth that radiate the kind of over-the-top luxurious overtones found in Paris, the city of light and love and food and art and one that just keeps on giving. And there’s no better way to appreciate all France’s unforgettable capital has to offer than in a spa hotel — where you can seal the deal on a magical day with a long trip in the hotel sauna, jacuzzi, or indoor pool. Paris has so much to offer in the realms of sights and impressions, and so a restorative massage or invigorating treatment, especially after long walks through the city and countryside, will add an extra layer of health and rejuvenation to an already perfect trip.
Where to stay at a spa hotel in Paris? Important locations at a glance
6th Arrondissement: Luxury among the artistic elite
Paris’ 6th Arrondissement is where luxury gets its name; since World War II, this bustling district near the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Luxembourg Gardens and Palace has been the spot for intellectuals and established artists. The neighborhood is totally alluring, from all the charming Parisian cafes to the magically-Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés quartier to your extremely lux spa hotel right in the thick of it all. These spa hotels are most often 5 star and boast high ceilings, classic furnishings, and an overall atmosphere of opulence and rejuvenation. Often with soundproofed walls, there’s no better way to spend a romantic escape than walled off from the bustle of everyday life, while having the bustle of one of the world’s best cities at your fingertips. When you do make it outside, head toward the 1686 Le Precope, the world’s first coffeehouse, for literati-people watching. The Luxembourg gardens are a great addition to any trip centered on wellness, as these sprawling grounds boast a relaxing ambiance and nonstop beauty. The once small market town of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is primed for strolling between luxury boutiques, markets serving up fine food and drink, and quaint alleys that conjure up the words of poetic greats such as Charles Baudelaire.
7th and 8th Arrondissement: Fun at the Eiffel Tower & on the Champs-Élysées
To exist in the presence of perhaps the world’s most important monument, the Eiffel Tower, is a blessing in itself. Pair that with a spa hotel with a view and you’re promised a dream vacation. Treat yourself to a getaway in an oversized suite or penthouse overlooking that massive and magical skeleton and take advantage of the spa centers in-house, which sometimes include opportunity for lavish body scrub treatments, professional salon services, innovative facials, and a wide variety of state-of-the-art massages. Cap that off with a swim in a sprawling indoor pool and a glass of champagne at the first-rate restaurant just downstairs or on the rooftop patio. A special Parisian Hammam experience is the surefire way to end an amazing day traversing the romantic streets of the 7th and 8th Arrondissements. On the northern border of the 8th is the world-famous Champs-Élysées, about which there’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said — head here to feel like a movie star. Choose a spa hotel on or directly off of the Champs-Élysées and you may even find yourself swimming in a private pool underneath the promenade itself, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.