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Where Paris - - Shopping - By Sandra Iskan­der

You know you’re get­ting a good mas­sage when right from the get go you do not want it to end and when you do know it is end­ing you are pray­ing it goes on a lit­tle bit longer. At the re­cently re­opened Les Bains du Marais the Mas­sage Dy­namisant is heaven-sent for any­one look­ing to for­get the world and re­lax. The mas­sage starts at your feet with the masseuse work­ing on your pres­sure points, re­leas­ing all un­wanted stress, and al­though the end of a good mas­sage is never wel­comed, this mas­sage ends with a head mas­sage like no other, mak­ing it even more dif­fi­cult to ac­cept that the treat­ment is near­ing the end. The ther­a­pist ever so slightly lifts your head, del­i­cately mov­ing it up and down, side to side, sway­ing it oh so gen­tly, tak­ing you to cloud nine where you feel like you are float­ing in the air. This is a great treat­ment to end a hec­tic day on a re­lax­ing note be­fore en­joy­ing a glass of French wine be­fore bed­time. Les Bains du Marais 33 rue des Blancs Man­teaux (4th), 01 49 29 50 50

For­get the world for two hours while you en­joy a tra­di­tional Thai mas­sage at the hands of WAT PO-trained ther­a­pists at Ban Thaï Spa. Con­ve­niently lo­cated be­tween Place du Tro­cadéro and Av­enue des Champs-Elysées, the spa is an ideal treat af­ter a day of in­tense shop­ping and sight­see­ing. Tak­ing you on a re­lax­ing voy­age through re­lax­ing mu­sic and sen­sual scents, the spa is both wel­com­ing and re­lax­ing from the mo­ment you en­ter it. Sin­gle and dou­ble mas­sage rooms al­low guests to en­joy a mas­sage solo or with a part­ner or friend, and with the spa open daily from 11am to 9pm you can eas­ily un­wind at any time of the day. Choose a foot mas­sage to re­lieve you from aching feet from walk­ing around all day or opt for the tra­di­tional Thai mas­sage, which fo­cuses on re­leas­ing ten­sion by com­bin­ing acupressure and yoga po­si­tions, not for the faint-hearted, this mas­sage can get quite phys­i­cal with the ther­a­pists twist­ing you like a pret­zel though the end re­sult is a heav­enly re­laxed body. Ban Thaï Spa 25 ave Ray­mond Poin­caré (16th), 01 43 59 39 39

Give your face the TLC it serves and book your­self in for the Anti-Wrin­kle Sum­mit of the Cervin fa­cial at the Val­mont Spa at Le Meurice. This new treat­ment has been cre­ated to give you a lift­ing re­sult that plumps out your face while re­duc­ing the signs of wrinkles, leav­ing you with younger look­ing skin that re­ally glows. The treat­ment starts with the beauty ther­a­pist re­mov­ing all traces of make-up with Val­mont’s hero cleansers, White Falls and Vi­tal Falls, be­fore your skin is gen­tly ex­fo­li­ated and is treated to a Re­gen­er­at­ing Mask Treat­ment, a col­la­gen mask that plumps the face, giv­ing you a non-sur­gi­cal facelift, the per­fect ac­ces­sory for Paris Fash­ion Week. The fa­cial is avail­able for 60 min­utes and an in­ten­sive op­tion for 90 min­utes, and from the 10th of July through to the 31st of Au­gust, lucky Where read­ers can book them­selves in for the 90-minute treat­ment and pay only for the 60-minute ver­sion, all you have to do is men­tion Where Mag­a­zine when book­ing or sim­ply take in your copy with you. Val­mont Spa Le Meurice 228 rue de Rivoli (1st), 01 44 58 10 77

An­other ho­tel spa of­fer­ing a re­lax­ation get­away is the Hô­tel Le Royal Mon­ceau cour­tesy of its My Blend by Clar­ins spa. The treat­ments here are all be­spoke, with the ther­a­pists di­ag­nos­ing your skin to blend the suit­able creams to re­plen­ish your skin with what it needs, leav­ing it look­ing lu­mi­nous, plumped and fresh as a daisy. The spa also of­fers ac­cess to its pool with ev­ery treat­ment, one of the most lux­u­ri­ous set­tings, cre­ated by de­signer ex­traor­di­naire Philippe Starck, adding an ex­tra high­light to your spa day in Paris. My Blend by Clar­ins Hô­tel Le Royal Mon­ceau 37 ave Hoche (8th), 01 42 99 88 99

My Blend by Clar­ins spa at the Royal Mon­ceau

Ban Thaï Spa

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