Situated in the center of Paris, the calming Six Senses Spa services and interiors offer visitors an afternoon of otherworldly respite from daily life.
Recently-opened within the Westin Hotel (one of the chain's better properties thanks to its location in Paris' posh 1st arrondissement), the 2,700 square-foot haven includes a menu of pampering treatments inspired by the Far East, as well as some sourced from Paris' own backyard. Along with herbal Thai-style massage and detoxifying seaweed body wraps, one of the spa's signature facials relies on honey pollinated from bees in the the nearby Jardin des Tuileries and produced on the rooftop of the city's celebrated Palais Garnier opera house.
The first French branch of the notable exotic-chic spa and resort chain, other locations include Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Thailand and Vietnam. Designed by French architect Pierre David, a finalist in the recent World Trade Center Memorial competition, the space features a palette of muted tones derived from Brazilian hardwood and Greek marble. One wall displays a digitally-projected panorama of the Parisian skyline (captured in real-time), while a lush vertical garden cultivated with plant species from far-flung locales occupies another.
Even more curious, two cocoons enclose the rooms where treatments occur, lending a warmth that's undoubtedly good feng shui. Part space pod, part mega-gourd, curved bands of oak treated with a scrim-like fabric on the interior comprise the structures.
Six Sense's name comes from the body's five senses, plus the euphoric sensation one has when everything comes into perfect harmony—a name aptly describing this spa.