The haute spa race is on in Paris. As Clarins’ new My Blend spa at the Le Royal Monceau and the Guerlain-stocked treatment menu at the new spa at the Mandarin Oriental duke it out for bragging rights, Le Bristol’s revamped relaxation destination arrives with a spin all its own. Spread over three levels, the serene Pierre Yves Rochon-designed space is the new go-to address for La Prairie facials (caviar addicts, take note). It also offers exclusive treatments by niche brands such as My Organic Pharmacy, the aromatherapy-based Russie Blanche and the algae-centric Les Thermes Marins Saint-Malo. But what will really propel this pampering haven over its competitors is the newly erected Russian Room. A first this side of Moscow, it comes fitted with a private hammam, a heated marble table, and a movable horizontal shower. It also serves as the exclusive venue for the Bristol’s Vodka Detox Massage. While we’ve always been under the impression that vodka is best suited to re-toxing, the spa uses the circulation-stimulating alcohol topically as part of a concoction that includes coarse sea salt and sesame seeds (to exfoliate), a citrus essential oil blend (to energize), and sesame oil (to nourish and protect the skin). Make no mistake: ten minutes in the hammam and a top-to-toe rubdown followed by a rinse with that horizontal shower adjusted to hit the meridians just so, will knock you sideways—but only for about half-an-hour. Unlike tossing back a few martinis, this intoxicating pastime leaves you brimming with energy and ready to conquer the world.
Vodka Detox Massage at La Prairie Spa at Le Hotel Bristol, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, +33 1 53 43 43 00 www.lebristolparis.com.
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