Happy Bastille Day to all of you! July 14th always makes me miss Paris and remember fondly the time I spent there. Ten years ago today, I was waiting in the rainy streets of the Bastille area, watching the parade horses go by before going into the New Opera House to watch a performance of the Romeo and Juliet ballet for free. The opera is always free on Bastille day, and hundreds of Parisians (and tourists) take advantage…cheering in the streets while huddled under umbrellas and drinking cafe au laits. So, in honor of Bastille Day, here are my personal favorites for spas in Paris. I’ve had the good fortune of spending time in most of them!
Les Bains du Marais in the Marais District
Five hours of scrubbing, washing, soaking, resting and pampering cost me about $200 US back in 2011. It’s probably more expensive now, but still worth a trip to use the gorgeous underground hammam. It was seriously so much fun!
Hotel Ritz Spa in the Old Opera District
They actually call their spa a Health Club, which I love. The indoor pool is beautiful, with Renaissance inspired walls and ceiling. The spa treatment rooms are similar to those of George V or any high end resort spa. Towels and fluffy robes are warmed for you in between treatments, and hushed French is spoken between spa assistants as they escort you like royalty from room to room.
U Spa at Hotel Fouquets Barriere
I’ve not yet been to this spa, but it looks absolutely amazing! Indoor pools with waterfalls, Sleek, modern design and a vast array of spa treatments.
Spa at Four Seasons George V
This place oozes luxury. Just walking into the reception room of the spa made me feel like I needed to be more dressed up. If what you want is the steroetypical Parisian spa experience you see in movies…this is your place. Very fancy and fun, and right down the street from my favorite patisserie, La Duree!