Massage & pampering

Luxury treatments for every taste, be it Ayurvedic massage or body treats for new mums

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Four Seasons George V

Give yourself the full treatment at Paris' best spas and body shops. With facials, massages and boutique treatments using the finest creams and oils, your skin will be the best it's ever been.

O'Kari

The brainchild of Algerian-born Karima Lasfar, O'Kari offers everything you'd expect from an 'Oriental' hammam, with a few exotic surprises thrown in for good measure. The place is clean and calm to a fault, and offers a wonderfully indulgent experience, starting with the thick pearl-white bathrobe you're given at the entrance.As you enter the changing room, you'll find that all the trappings of the luxury spa are present and correct: comfy slippers, discreet lockers and enough towels to dry a herd of elephants. Once you've taken off your makeup and pampered yourself to your heart's content, you're led into the hammam proper, where you're subjected to the kind of severe yet tender massage that'll have you wincing and smiling in equal measure. Your skin is pinched, spanked and smeared in Aleppo soap; on your way out, you'll find to your mild surprise that you're several layers lighter.Then comes the icing on the cake: a glorious soak in a large bath surrounded by large clay amphoras, where an obliging attendant serves you fresh lemonade. It's a novel touch, somewhat disorienting (by this point you'll have lost all track of time and sense of reality) but utterly relaxing. Which is, after all, the point.Prices start at €59 for an hour-long session. Female-only.

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2nd arrondissement

Appartement 217

Opened by Stéphane Jaulin, the former beauty director of Colette, a beautiful feng-shuied Haussmannian apartment is the setting for facials using organic beauty guru Dr Hauschka's products and ayurvedic or deep tissue massages. The water has been decalcified, electrical currents are insulated, and the silky-soft kimonos are made from organic wood pulp.

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Opéra

Four Seasons George V Spa

There's no denying that the George V is serious about luxury: chandeliers, marble and tapestries; glorious flower arrangements; divine bathrooms; and ludicrously comfortable beds in some of the largest rooms in all of Paris. The Versailles-inspired spa includes whirlpools, saunas and a menu of treatments for an unabashedly metrosexual clientele; non-guests can now reserve appointments. It's worth every euro (from €130).

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Spa Nuxe

This luxurious day spa housed in stone vaults with wooden cabins and safari-style tents offers massages and skin treatments using Nuxe's gentle, plant-based products. The facials, where you undress completely, begin with a short foot, tummy and neck message for total relaxation; from €80.

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Les Halles

Mum & Babe

Mum & Babe is a godsend for new mums looking for some TLC: leave your baby with the in-shop nanny, while you have your hair cut, an all-over body massage a facial or even a body wax. Not only is the atmosphere conducive to relaxation, you can follow workshops on how to deal with fatigue, stress and baby blues; and if you’ve got older kids, there are yoga lessons for 3-6s. A highlight of the treatment is Bomoï, an organic cosmetics range (shower elixir, massage balm and exfoliating cream) that uses natural materials like rice power, bamboo fibre, menthol, absinthe, buffalo grass and hemp oil to strengthen, stimulate and repairs skin cells. Far from a gimmick, you genuinely feel the difference in your skin texture at the end of the treatment (€55 facial, €115 body treatment).

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11th arrondissement

Passage du Désir

Founded in 2006, Passage du Désir is a veritable 'lovestore' and pampering palace - a place in which to free your fantasies far from the cries of seedy sex shops. From willy shaped pasta to edible body paint, vibrators and an array of his and hers sex toys (including a dildo that plugs into your i-pod and vibrates to the rhythm of your music!), something here is bound to tickle your fancy - and we're not just talking the feathery tickler sold in the 'Petits Bonbons' range.

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4th arrondissement

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david zen
david zen

All these places are great, but already very well known. I would give my own recommandation : try the japanese authentic massage at a lovely shop located near Notre Dame church : Le Nid du Phenix.