We’re highlighting a few of the most recent spa recipients of the Five Star award from Forbes Travel Guide, and one of the latest honourees is the Chanel Spa at the Ritz Paris — “Chanel” and “Ritz” are, of course, two names that are synonymous with luxury. The Chanel Spa opened its doors in June 2016 after the iconic luxury hotel at 15 Place Vendome – established in 1898 – underwent a four-year restoration process.
The gorgeous interior features five treatment rooms designed in signature Chanel beige and black. These, according to the Forbes’ Inspector’s highlights, are infused with a Chanel scent created exclusively for Ritz Paris, and decorated with Chinese landscapes that recreate “a treasured Chinese screen” that Coco Chanel kept upstairs in her suite on the second floor of the hotel when in residence there.
The spa offers beauty and body treatments, and massage, and there is a hair salon on site run by celebrity stylist David Mallett. For the treatments, Chanel has created five bespoke oils that are only available at the hotel, and “All therapies are designed to nurture inner tranquility to revitalize outer beauty.”
There are eight Chanel treatments available, ranging in duration from 75 minutes to three hours.
The signature service is Le Grand Soin, a fully customized face and body ritual that begins in conversation with a “treatment designer” so they can finely tune the experience to the guest’s needs. Le Grand Soin includes skin treatment, massage, and the application of a “highly concentrated” coat of collagen. This is an excellent example of taking personalization to the highest level as a means of elevating the guest experience. The guest experience is, of course, something we know the Forbes Travel Guide values highly.
Forbes Senior Vice President of Ratings, Amanda Frasier, once told Spa Executive, “While having a beautiful facility is absolutely necessary, spas that go above and beyond when it comes to service rise naturally in our system.”
Meanwhile, L’Allure de Chanel, is a 90-, 120- or 150-minute body massage that begins with a perfume ceremony.
And when it comes to a “beautiful facility” the Ritz Paris is in its own class. Famous for its neoclassical swimming pool, inspired by the baths of Ancient Greece and Rome, the Ritz Club offers fitness classes, including yoga and aquabike. Not all treatments include access to the Ritz Paris Club’s facilities, but spa treatments can be upgraded to include pool access and use of the saunas and steam rooms.
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