Posts Tagged ‘spas’

The Top Five Spas in Paris

It’s January. The holidays are over, and everyone is exhausted and a bit worse for wear. The low temperatures and gray skies don’t help either. Fortunately, this is Paris, the city that invented luxury. Finding a […]

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La Maison du Chocolat

The 10 Best Gifts from Paris for Valentine’s Day

Every day in Paris is romantic even when the metro is crowded or a brief rain shower drives you into a small café, or into the entrance of an art gallery or shop. Everything and everyone seems romantic, from the man at the vegetable stand to the butcher who prepares your weekly entrecôte. The tradition of romantic love began in France, in the Middle Ages when romantic poetry was born and inspired the idea of giving gifts to express one’s devotion. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s our list of the 10 best gifts from Paris.

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The lounge at the Echappée spa.

Paris Spas: The Perfect Getaway

L’Echappée is a Paris spa tucked away in an unassuming residential building, but it provides an experience that’s anything but ordinary. The overall atmosphere is quiet and relaxed, like all spas should be, with natural stone and tile covering most of the interior. My friend and I were greeted at the front door by friendly staff, who welcomed us and showed us to the locker room. While the ladies’ locker room is in need of a minor facelift, that was only a small glitch in the otherwise tranquil experience.

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A massage at Les Bains du Marais

How to Hammam

Taking a steam at a hammam, or Turkish-style bathhouse, is all the rage in Paris—and has been for a number of years. More of them seem to be opening each month. I’ve tried O’Kari, La Mosquée de Paris and Les Bains du Marais, and I have enjoyed each of these hammams in Paris for different reasons. Recently I spent a delightful afternoon at O’Kari, which is for women only. It’s a small hammam, but it does the trick.

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