Shangri-La Hotel Paris Opens Health Club

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A new wellness oasis has opened in the heart of the French capital, Paris.

Located in what were originally the stables of Prince Roland Bonapartes htel particulier, Shangri-La Hotel, Pariss 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 hotels 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.

A hidden sanctuary within the hotel, 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.

In keeping with the buildings classical French architecture and high, vaulted ceilings, Mr. Rochon has created a space with a pool measuring 15 metres by 6 metres, and an adjoining 94-square-metre plant-lined, private open-air terrace. In a nod to Prince Roland Bonapartes passion for botany - his herbarium was among the most extensive in the world, and he famously authored an illustrated plant encyclopedia that became a reference in the field - the dcor 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 wrap-around mezzanine overlooking the pool completes the ensemble by offering access to large, fully appointed treatment rooms 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. On the ceiling, a trompe loeil 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 rooms, 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. Caritas expertise, exclusive treatment techniques and luxurious, highly effective product range make it an ideal partner for us.

The treatment menu features two of Caritas 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.

One of the signature Carita treatments offered at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, is the Cinetic Lift Expert. It optimises the beauty benefits of micro-currents, light therapy (three LED colours) and ultrasound. Used in synergy, these techniques help 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.

Fitness Area

Adjacent to the treatment rooms, the fitness room overlooks 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.

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