Our top 4 Spas in Paris
Life in the city can get hectic, and there are days where Parisians would do almost anything to find rest and calm. Away from Paris’ frenzy, the city offers some of the most luxurious spas in the world, such as the Molitor Spa in the 16e arrondissement or the famous Spa My blend Clarins (designed by Philippe Starck). However, these often get very expensive.
One of the cheap alternatives is the spa of the Grande Mosquée de Paris (5th arrondissement), but I would not personally recommend it: it tends to get crowded and the spa is not always clean.
Fortunately, Paris is full of spas that are more affordable and that will provide you with an oasis of rest and relaxation. I have selected my top 4; to discover them, scroll below and read on.
1. Hammam Medina Center
This spa is hands down one of my favorite in Paris, and a gem in the 19th arrondissement. The atmosphere and the oriental tides on the floor are dreamy, everything from the sauna to the swimming pool is clean and polished; the towels provided are clean and packaged. The staff is extremely attentive and polite, and will go out of their way to ensure you are having the most relaxing experience; they even serve you tea and oriental pastries at the end of your time.
Their formulas are tailored to suit your needs, with prices starting at 44€ (more details on their website). Men, be careful: Saturday is the only day you can visit, the rest of the week is women only. I would however advise you not to go on weekends because the spa gets more crowded. If you go on weekends, make sure you are there early enough in the morning to avoid peak hour.
Hammam Medina Center
45 rue Petit, 75 019 Paris
Prices starting 44€.
Monday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm
Saturday 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday 9 am to 7 pm
With its exceptional architecture, L’Echappée is a well-known address in the 11th arrondissement. The swimming pool is hot, the design of the spa is inspired by New York’s lofts and the deck chairs under the glass ceiling will have you feeling you are isolated from the city’s frenzy.
To my mind, what makes this place special is the restaurant that serves delicious brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. Bonus point: you can access the restaurant while still wearing your robe, which makes the food inherently part of the whole relaxing experience.
Their prices are very affordable and start at 35€ (more details on their website). I find it the perfect spa to go as a group, or for a date, friendly or romantic – it is intimate yet spacious.
64 rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75 011 Paris
Prices starting 35€.
Monday and Friday 11 am to 9 pm
Wednesday and Thursday 11 am to 10.30 pmSaturday and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
3. Les cents ciels
Les cents ciels is another favorite, mainly because of its particular and enchanting atmosphere combined to affordable prices. Musky smells, dimmed lighting: as soon as you enter, the atmosphere is delightful and subtle.
Les Cents ciels pays increased attention to the consistency of their different formulas – each one is tailored to ensure their customers benefit the most from the different advantages of the spa.
Once again, Les Cents Ciels posseses all advantages I look for whenever I am in the mood to take some time to take care of myself in Paris: sauna, swimming pool, attractive formulas to relax and take care of yourself.
Prices start at 40€ (more info on their website). I would advise you to carefully check their opening hours – several time slots during the week are women only.
Les Cents Ciels
7 rue de Nemours, 75 011 Paris
45 bis avenue Edouard Vaillant, 92 100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Prices starting 40€.
Opening Hours – Women
Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 11 pm
Thursday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday 10 am to 2 pm
Opening Hours – Men and Women
Monday 5 pm to 11 pm
Tuesday 5 pm to 11 pm
Thursday 5 pm to 11 pm
Sunday 2 pm to 10 pm
4. La Sultane de Saba
La Sultane de Saba is more expensive than the other spas listed here, but worth the go – they have several spots open in Paris (3 spas) and Vincennes (2 spas). It is a well known address amongst Parisian women seeking relaxation in an enchanting atmosphere.
The knowledge of La Sultane de Saba in self-care is widely recognized – they even have a line of natural, no-paraben and cruelty-free cosmetics that you can purchase online and at their different spas.
They greet you with mint tea and oriental pastries, and the spa is absolutely clean, the staff is professional and full of attention.
Prices start at 69€ (more info on their website), and once again, the spa has all facilities you are looking for (sauna, swimming pool, etc), with a wide range of treatments and formulas. I advise you to check their opening hours because they tend to vary depending on the spa you visit.
La Sultane de Saba
Prices start at 69€.
8 bis rue Bachaumont
75 002 Paris
78 rue Boissière
75 016 Paris
69 rue Greneta (nail bars and modelages)
75 002 Paris
And there you have it, my top 4 spas. I have two favorite ways of enjoy them.
The first one is making sure I go early in the morning during weekdays, as soon as the spa opens; that way you can avoid the crowd and get the most out of the dreamy facilities, and it helps you start your day in Paris in the most relaxing way.
Else I go at the end of a busy and dense day, usually after a long walk in Paris’ streets. If you are willing to experience Paris as a local, some Parisians are giving guided tours to help you discover their neighborhoods; more info here.