If you're looking to treat someone extra special to a spa trip or just needing to get a dose of glamour before the Christmas shopping grind begins, than I simply cannot recommend a better bolt hole than the Hotel Le Bristol. This sumptuous hotel in the heart of Paris has recently revamped it's luxurious spa. Needless to say the results are very impressive and well worth a quick trip across the channel.
The Anne Semonin spa is a haven of calm. It specialises in aromatherapy treatments, as well as tailor-made beauty treats. Their signature phyto-aromatic facial left me with incredibly glowing skin that made me feel like I'd spent a week in Mauritius instead of a day in Paris. There are also expert pedicure treatments by the renowned Bastien Gonzalez, who is a favourite of the Vogue and Grazia beauty editors.
For what else to expect from a treatment, plus the hotel's new perfume and more pictures, just read more.
All the Anne Semonin facials start with a personal diagnosis of the skin. Combining natural ingredients and essential oils, the professional treatments are both results-orientated and wonderfully pampering. The therapist will then give you a prescription for your skincare needs, as well as showing you how to create customised blends to maximise the efficiency of the products.
For real beauty junkies, Hotel Le Bristol have also just launched a new scent with Maison Jean Patou. The iconic perfume house, which made the famous Joy perfume in 1930, have recently created an exclusive line to complement the elegant atmosphere of the hotel and spa. Head Perfumer Jean-Michel Duriez has produced a home spray and candle (£24 each) with a fresh, woody scent to reflect the lushness of the hotel's gardens and the warmth ambiance of it's lounges. The chic candle, in particular, would make a great stocking filler or memento from your trip.
Finally, I can't resist a mention of the amazing swimming pool, which is located on the 6th floor. Surrounded by teak and glass it opens up onto a large sun deck with fantastic views of Paris. The whole pool is designed to look like a 19th century ship, and the craftsmanship adds a magical air which makes swimming with a view of the Eiffel tower a truly memorable experience.