Insider's Guide to Spas
5 Posh Parisian Hotel Spas
Not every five-star hotel with a spa is within a grand palace hotel; in fact, family-owned Hôtel Bel-Ami had a decidedly modest former life as a book factory; the building was chosen for its prime location in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, a destination “quartier” on the left bank with shops, boutiques and legendary cafes, including the nearby Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. This oh-so-stylish 108-room boutique hotel boasts a vibrant mid-century modern décor. The subterranean spa, an intimate and contemporary well-being space complete with a fitness room, a relaxation lounge, sauna and two treatment cabines, pays tribute to Parisian alchemist Nicolas Flamel. Restorative Maison Flamel facials are a mix of scientific innovation and magical scents and textures and the oxygen treatments are welcoming for the tired traveler. Spa style cuisine is well represented at “Les Mots Passants,” where Chef Simon Suzineau brings the garden to the plate with vegetarian options and an organic Sunday brunch.