Tucked into the heart of the Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière is the U Spa. Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière is an Art Déco masterpiece perched on the corner of the Champs Elysées and Avenue George V and adjacent to the famous Parisian landmark Fouquet’s restaurant (established in 1898). The hotel opened in 2006 and is comprised of several buildings surrounding a lovely central courtyard. Jacques Garcia oversaw the design of the hotel and installed sound-proof windows and doors in all rooms and suites (helpful for silencing any Champs Elysées traffic din). There are many rooms with stunning views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées and – my favorite — the Eiffel Tower. All rooms feature separate dressing rooms and well-appointed massive bathrooms with flat-screen TVs and waterproof remotes — nice perk! The hotel also features one of the few Michelin-rated restaurants in Paris, Le Diane, which has large windows that overlook the hotel’s charming courtyard.
Now back to the U Spa — naturally a Leading Spa! I had the recent pleasure of escaping the cold of Paris and transporting myself to this oasis of tranquility and relaxation. The U Spa is a 8,600 square foot sleek sanctuary of rich wooden walls, reflective mosaic tiles, dim lighting and crisp white flowing curtains all nestled into a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of The City of Lights. There is a sauna, steam room and seven large treatment rooms–all intimate sanctuaries amidst the larger spa haven. There are several water therapy pools and one large swimming pool (one of the largest for a Parisian hotel). The decor is crisp and sleek and the environment is warm and relaxing. There is even a large relaxation area, adjacent to the pool for napping, reading, or enjoying tea and a snack. I managed to swim a few laps and swam over to the labyrinth of a water trail that is part of the spa’s balneotherapy regime.
Overlooking the pool area is the sleek and modern fitness center. It is just the right size and naturally shares the same cool decor vibe as the spa. There are numerous body rituals in which to partake and the staff is very helpful in finding the best treatment or treatment processes for one’s needs. The spa specializes in balneotherapy, and uses Sensai Kanebo International and Cinq Mondes expert massage and treatment techniques. Parfait!