A week before the Paris attacks, I spent an indulgent evening in the Peninsula, Paris. Writing about the luxurious and elegant experience is difficult in the light of what happened a week later but then probably there is even a greater need now to talk about the elegance and beauty that the city affords, to remember that Paris will always be a symbol of refinement and luxury for the world.
“you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
There is something about the city – the leisurely air, the insouciant manner and the ambience soaked in art that makes you notice the beauty around you, appreciate the crisp and clean air and perhaps, fall in love! On one beautiful evening in my stay, I surrendered to the greatest love of all – self love and checked in for a luxurious and lingering facial at Peninsula Hotel Paris.
The journey in indulgence begins the moment you enter the gates of Peninsula hotel. Housed in a late 19th century classic French building with Haussmann and Neo-classic details, this is the same building where writer James Joyce, artist Pablo Picasso and composer Igor Stravinsky visited in early twentieth century. A bespoke Lasvit chandelier comprising 900 individual hand-blown glass pane enthrals you as you walk into the lobby (cover image).
Located steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and 2 minute walk from the Champs-Élysées, the Peninsula Paris is definitely more than just a hotel.
Spa Ambience at Peninsula Paris
The Spa, located at the basement floor of this heritage hotel, is an oasis of calm. The interior harmoniously melds traditional eastern elements with contemporary style.
Dimly lit oil lamps, exuding a sense of well being and harmony pave the way as you walk towards the treatment rooms.
The spa has six private treatment rooms and two VIP couples private suites. There is a stunning indoor heated swimming pool, a separate whirlpool, two Vitality pools, saunas, hammam style steam rooms and tropical rain showers. Choice of ESPA and Biologique Recherche products is offered for facials.
Customised facial with essential oil based natural ingredients
Imagine lying back on a soft warm bed, your face being gently sprayed with a cool mist of rose, geranium, bourbon and neroli spa fresh.. As your pores open up and absorb the skin friendly nutrients … the skilful hands of therapist massage the goodness of mulberry, vitamins, sunflower and jojoba into your face.. This is how my facial journey started at the luxurious Spa at the Peninsula hotel in Paris
I filled the consultation form easily on the Ipad and was picked up by Anna, my therapist to the common area to be ready for my sixty minutes of customised facial treatment with the ESPA skincare range.
Tucking me in a heated massage bed, Anna began the facial with cleansing with a bioactive eye cleanser containing purifying extracts of moringa and coconut, rose water and malachite. She followed it with a cucumber and watermelon based soothing eye lotion.
After cleansing, hydration was next in order with a sweet almond oil, shamallow and camomile based hydrating cleansing milk. Anna sprayed my face with a rose, geranium bourbon and neroli spafresh. A gentle exfoliation with a eucalyptus, moringa and lavender based exfoliator followed and the skin was ready to absorb the proserum comprising Omega (3,6,9), A&E viatmins, turmeric, lupin and sunflower.
Anna then applied a soothing skin radiance mask which contained the essence of mulberry tree, raisin d’ours, liquorice, pumpkin enzyme and Reine des prés. She let my skin absorb the nourishment of the mask as she gave me a relaxing scalp massage.
Anna went on to massage my face with the skin radiance moisturiser. A cellular hydration serum and eye serum were gently applied next. At the end of the treatment, she applied a myrrh, neroli and jojoba based 24 hour moisturiser.
Anna reminded me not to use soap on my face for the next 24 hours and to drink lots of water and green tea to flush out the toxins released by skin during and post the treatment.
One of the highlights of the spa time at Peninsula has to be the post treatment relaxation room!
The relaxation area has four reclining beds with massage simulators to extend the rejuvenation experience if you wish. Fruits, cakes and green tea are provided to nibble and sip on as you relax.
There is also a beautiful indoor swimming pool which you can use if you are staying in the hotel. I enjoyed the hammam style steam room for a while, took a warm shower and was ready to go forward in the evening of gourmandise with a light and clear feeling in my head apart from the radiant glow on my face!
A 60 minutes facial at Spa at Peninsula costs approximately 170 euros plus taxes.
Spa at the Peninsula Paris, 19, avenue Kléber – 75116 Paris – France, Tél : +33 (0)1 58 12 66 82