A new wellness oasis has opened in the heart of the French capital. Located in what were originally the stables of Prince Roland Bonaparte's hôtel particulier, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris's new wellness retreat includes fitness facilities, a pool with an outdoor terrace and a beauty treatment centre.
The transformation of the space is a tribute to the creative vision of interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the hotel's long-time collaborator and design signature.
"Our wish was to create a distinctive, relaxing getaway within the exceptional experience that Shangri-La Hotel, Paris offers," said Alain Borgers, General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. "The space as conceived by Pierre-Yves Rochon is the culmination of several years' consideration, as well as renovations carried out with the highest respect for this place and its heritage, both past and present. To find a 500-square-metre haven dedicated to wellness that is bathed in natural light is truly a unique feature in Paris."
Tucked away at the back of the hotel's main building, the pool, treatment rooms and fitness area are configured in a harmonious duplex formation, which optimises both space and natural daylight and provides a serene ambiance.
Taking as a point of departure the landmark building's classical French architecture and high, vaulted ceilings, Mr. Rochon anchored the space with a pool measuring 15 metres by 6 metres and extended it with a 94-square-metre plant-lined, private open-air terrace. In a nod to Prince Roland Bonaparte's passion for botany (his herbarium was among the most extensive in the world, and he famously authored an illustrated plant encyclopaedia that became a reference in the field), the décor picks up on luxuriant flora- and water-inspired motifs. This is notable in five made-to-measure bas-reliefs around the pool area and on the columns surrounding the mezzanine. A serene colour palette of watery blues and celadon green, sophisticated materials and Asian-inspired touches combine to create a modern and timeless retreat, from the pool's oriental carpet-inspired mosaic tiling to the Asian-inspired bespoke carpeting and the chinoiserie-style celadon wallpaper in the fitness facilities.
A wrap-around mezzanine overlooking the pool completes the ensemble by offering access to large, fully appointed treatment cabins and a state-of-the-art fitness area. Thanks to its soaring ceilings and a south-facing position, the Health Club is illuminated by natural light – a rare feature in an urban wellness facility. On the ceiling, a trompe l'oeil sky motif extends an open-ended invitation to slow down and relax.
Treatment Rooms and Menu
From the mezzanine, visitors can access the en-suite treatment cabins, each outfitted with a private hammam shower and vanity table. A beauty treatment menu offers a curated selection of five facials and five body treatments by Carita. Access is available for non-resident guests with special Carita treatment packages.
"It was important for Shangri-La Hotel, Paris to be able to offer guests treatments by an illustrious, internationally renowned French brand," said Mr. Borgers. "Carita's expertise, its exclusive treatment techniques and its luxurious, highly effective product range make it an ideal partner for us."
The beauty treatment menu features two of Carita's best-known products, the ultra-nourishing dry oil Beauty Fluid 14 and the regenerating Renovateur, both of which have enjoyed a cult following since the Carita sisters created them in 1956.
Another Carita signature, the CineticTM Lift Expert, brings to Shangri-La hotel, Paris wellness space one of the most advanced technologies modern skin care has to offer in the form of equipment that optimises the beauty benefits of micro-currents, light therapy (three LED colours) and ultrasound. Used in synergy, these techniques ensure absorption of beauty products' active ingredients while firming and sculpting the skin, stimulating cellular metabolism and diminishing the appearance of fine lines.
Services such as manicure /pedicure, waxing and make-up artistry round out the treatment menu.
Adjacent to the treatment cabins, the fitness room looks over the swimming pool terrace. State-of-the-art equipment includes two cycling machines and treadmills, an elliptical trainer, a stepper, a Vario cardio-training machine and a multifunctional exercise machine. An area for weight lifting, mat exercises, free weights and Kinesis strength training can be used independently or with a coach.
For more information on the Health Club at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (33 1) 53 67 19 78.