A few hours at a spa is one of the best ways to beat jet lag and recover from your journey to Paris. It’s also simply a wonderful way to pamper yourself. Paris is filled with plenty of luxurious spas, many of which are inside hotels. However, the city also has wonderful retreats independent of hotels. Whether you’re looking for a completely luxurious afternoon in a beautiful location or wanting to try a massage inspired by the healing properties of tea or wine, we’ve got a round-up of some of the best non-hotel spas in Paris.
The Best Non-Hotel Spas in Paris
Nuxe Spa Montorgueil
You may be familiar with Nuxe beauty and skincare products, one of the many cult favorite French skincare lines available at French pharmacies, but the beauty brand also has a brick and mortar spa in Paris where you can experience all of its products firsthand. Located in one of the major shopping districts in Paris near Les Halles, the spa is housed in a 17th century stone cellar, giving it an otherworldly feel. Disappear below the busy city streets into a quiet, serene oasis where you can enjoy a massage, a facial or even the “sensorial” pool that’s heated to a delightful 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).
Spa Cinq Mondes
Cinq Mondes translates to “five worlds,” and you’ll definitely feel a world away from the bustling city when you step into this sleek, minimalist and modern spa. The name also refers to the history of the spa’s creation: the two founders spent a year and a half traveling to the world’s five major regions known for their ancient beauty traditions — China, India, Japan, Siam (Bali, Laos, Cambodia) and Morocco. The ancient rituals and modern-day practices they learned about during these travels inspired the treatments now offered at the spa. The Parisian branch of this spa is located in the central 9th arrondisement, near the Palais Garnier Opera.
Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa
If you’re more of a wine enthusiast than a tea drinker, never fear: there’s a spa for that. Caudalie, like Nuxe, is a beloved staple of any French pharmacy and most French women’s cabinets. The company’s skincare ingredients are derived from grape seeds, which are thought to be as effective or even more effective than vitamin E against free radicals. Caudalie is also extremely environmentally and animal-friendly, donating some of its revenue each year to organizations like WWF, Coeur de Foret and 1% for the Planet. The Caudalie Spa, which opened in Paris is 1995, was one of the first “vinotherapie” spas in the world. There are a few different locations in Paris: in the Marais, Rive Gauche and Montmartre. The treatments at these locations are also a bit shorter than other spas in Paris — 50 minutes — which is perfect for anyone with a busy itinerary or who just wants to squeeze in some relaxation time between sightseeing.
This spa offers one of the most elusive luxuries to come by in Paris: it’s open seven days a week! This spa is also distinctive from the others in that its treatments combine the healing properties of traditional skincare and beauty treatments with the healing antioxidant properties of natural teas. The name of the spa, thémaé, refers to the traditional Japanese tea preparation ceremony. The beauty products used during spa treatments are all natural, in accordance with the brand’s mission to be “in harmony with nature and respect the environment and the skin.”
If you’re looking for the height of luxury among the non-hotel spas in Paris, Darphin is for you. The treatments and wellness experiences were inspired by the beauty rituals of French royalty, and in fact this spa is still one of the most popular stops for modern-day royalty: celebrities and well-to-do Parisians, especially during Paris Fashion Week. And it’s not only the treatments that give a sense of luxury: the building itself is located near the Place Vendome on Rue Saint-Honore, right next to the former home of the Marquise de Pompadour.
Guerlain is one of the most renowned French beauty brands, so it makes sense that the L’Institut Guerlain is located one of the most renowned French boulevards: the Champs-Elysees. The spa specializes in personalized treatments that take into account an individual’s particular wellness needs, but it also offers a menu of massages, facials, hand and foot treatments, and treatments for men. In the same building, guests can also find the stunning Guerlain House: part beauty boutique — part architectural wonder, and described by many as a visual “cabinet of curiosities.” And if you’re hungry after your spa experience, don’t miss the unique Le 68 restaurant located in the building, led by Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin. A trip to Guerlain is truly a treat for the whole body, from your skin to your stomach.
So, have we convinced you to try a few of the spas in Paris? We’re also happy to help you find the perfect vacation rental where you can relax after being pampered.Give us a call at 1-888-520-2087 from the USA or email [email protected].