A wellness oasis in the heart of the French capital: located in what were originally the stables of Prince Roland Bonaparte’s hôtel particulier, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris’ CHI, The Spa 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 hotel’s long-time collaborator and design signature.
The wish was to create a distinctive, relaxing getaway within the exceptional experience that Shangri-La Hotel, Paris offers. 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.
Tucked away at the back of the hotel’s main building, 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.
Taking as a point of departure the landmark building’s classical French architecture and high, vaulted ceilings, Mr. Rochon anchored the space with a pool measuring 15 metres by 6 metres and extended it with a 94-square-metre plant-lined, private open-air terrace.
In a nod to Prince Roland Bonaparte’s passion for botany (his herbarium was among the most extensive in the world, and he famously authored an illustrated plant encyclopaedia that became a reference in the field), the décor 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 serene colour palette of watery blues and celadon green, sophisticated materials and Asian-inspired touches combine to create a modern and timeless retreat, from the pool’s oriental carpet-inspired mosaic tiling to the Asian-inspired bespoke carpeting and the chinoiserie-style celadon wallpaper in the fitness facilities.
A wrap-around mezzanine overlooking the pool completes the ensemble by offering access to large, fully appointed treatment cabins and a state-of-the-art fitness area. Thanks to its soaring ceilings and a south-facing position, CHI, The Spa is illuminatedby natural light – a rare feature in an urban wellness facility. On the ceiling, a trompe l’oeil sky motif extends an open-ended invitation to slow down and relax.
Adjacent to the treatment cabins, the fitness room looks over 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.
6.30am - 11pm
Cuisine French / Asian
Opening Hours 7.30pm - 10.30pm
(Closed on Sunday and Monday)
Cuisine French Gourmet
Opening Hours Lunch 12noon - 2pm
(Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)
Dinner 7pm - 10.30pm
(Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)
Le Bar and Lounges
Le Bar 4pm - 2am
Lounges 8am - 12midnight
Cuisine Finger food
Market: a bustling produce and flower market is set up twice a week, just steps from the hotel, on President Wilson Avenue, between the pont de l'Alma and Place d'Iéna.
Architecture: the 16th arrondisement is home to 19 Guimard buildings, characterised by cast iron balconies surrounded by sculptures. Must-sees include the Castel Beranger from 1898, on 14 rue La Fontaine, for its "noodle" effect façade and seahorse sculptures; on 39 boulevard Exelmans, the former workshop of Carpeaux; and 2 rue Eugène-Manuel, for its rose thistles eternally climbing an ochre wall, imagined by the architect Klein and ceramist Muller. To organise visits, contact the Centre de Monuments Nationaux. Tel. (33) 1 44 54 19 30.
And finally: the Beauséjour Villa and its Imperial Russian edifices feature elements from the Russian Pavilion unveiled at the World Fair of 1867. La Maison russe, located at 3 ter de la villa, is a traditional dacha, a Russian country house made of brick and stone, with a refurbished wood façade. At number 6, the two-storey isba was constructed in part from Tsar Alexander II's former stables. The two structures are not open to the public.
Balzac's House: set in the heart of what was once the village of Passy in the 16th arrondissement, La Maison de Balzac - Balzac's house - is the only one of the novelist's Parisian homes still standing today. It is housed in the outbuildings of a "folly" built in the late 18th century. Pursued by his creditors, Balzac took refuge there on 1 October 1840. He became the tenant of a five-room apartment situated at garden level. Hiding behind the pseudonym of "Monsieur de Breugnol," the novelist lived in this "temporary shelter" for seven years and wrote Une ténébreuse affaire, La Rabouilleuse, Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes, La Cousine Bette and Le Cousin Pons. 47 rue Raynouard. Tel. (33) 1 42 24 56 38.
The Marmottan Monet Museum: overhanging the Ranelagh gardens, this museum is dedicated to Monet, but also showcases canvases by Berthe Morisot and Paul Signac. 2 rue Louis-Boilly. Tel. (33) 1 44 96 50 33.
The Guimet Museum: featuring one of the Western world's largest collections of Asian art. 6 place d'Iéna. Tel. (33) 1 56 52 53 00.
Carette: the French tearoom is an iconic place to stop for tea, coffee, macaroons or a club sandwich, featuring a gorgeous view over Trocadero from its bustling terrace. A must while in Paris. 4 place du Trocadéro. Tel. (33) 1 47 27 98 85.
Chez Antoine: built in 1911, the bistro sits beneath a Guimard balcony fashioned after a majestic tree and its roots, proposing a peaceful stop amidst floral tiles and a canvas of a country dance. 17 rue La Fontaine. Tel. (33) 1 40 50 14 30.
Au Régal: established in 1934, the restaurant is renowned for its succulent vatrouchka and 25 kinds of vodka! 4 rue Nicolo. Tel. (33) 1 42 88 49 15.
La Patisserie des Rêves:111 rue de Longchamp. Tel. (33) 1 47 04 00 24.
Noël: Embroidery reigns supreme at the luxury white goods/linens specialist, founded in 1883. Here, from ceremonial table linen to pocket handkerchiefs, each and every item is exquisitely embroidered. 1 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie. Tel. (33) 1 40 70 14 63.
La Réserve de Peau d'Ange: featuring sterling silver baby rattles, 19th century lace baptismal dresses from Valenciennes, handkerchiefs, Louis XVI sun mirrors, silk keychains, and more. This iconic luxurious gift shop is a treasure-trove. 15 avenue Mozart. Tel. (33) 1 45 25 46 18.
La Pastorale: this tiny antique and trinkets shop is like stepping into a dear friend's home. Since 1990, the romantic and eccentric owner Nad Laroche claims to "create a new window display, ripped from the pages of a poetry book." 118 avenue Mozart. Tel. (33) 1 45 25 73 56.
Tête Brulée: this workshop boutique offers chic and trendy ready-to-wear items for teens, as well as a nail bar. 73, rue des Vignes.
Baccarat: featuring its famed luxury crystal. 11 Place des Etats Unis.
And all the boutiques on Avenue Victor Hugo, a few steps away from the hotel.
The destination is very popular lately.