Relaxation and Rejuvenation Meet Haute Couture at a Paris Spa

Relaxation and Rejuvenation Meet Haute Couture at a Paris Spa

Step into the serene and elegant Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s Dior Institut and let the pampering begin!

Highly trained expert therapists, personalized treatments dedicated to beauty and well-being, and products of exceptional quality by Dior, create what this Paris spa calls “the ultimate luxury experience for pure beauty”.

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The Dior Institut pays homage to the iconic designer Christian Dior by offering its guests an exclusive experience similar to that of Haute Couture. But why the name Dior? And why au Plaza Athénée, you ask?

“My desire is to make women more beautiful but also happier” said Dior, so a luxurious spa bearing his name makes perfect sense! But there is more to the story. And so it goes, during the early days of Christian Dior’s career, when he was aspiring to be an established designer, he walked along the avenue Montaigne, considered le grande dame of French streets for high fashion both then and now, and stopped outside the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. It was there, at that moment, where he decided if he launched his own couture house this is where it must be.

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Fast forward a couple of years and his dream came to fruition when he acquired a space for his first atelier across from Hôtel Plaza Athénée at 30 avenue Montaigne. Now neighbors, Dior quickly became a regular at the hotel.

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In 1947, shortly after setting up shop, he launched his revolutionary New Look collection and showed his love for Plaza Athénée by holding the collections debut fashion show there and naming his legendary Bar suit after its chic bar. Dior maintained a close tie to the hotel, his fellow emblem of French luxury, through his frequent visits and those of his models, who also often appeared in fashion shoots there.

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In 2008, the exceptional Dior Institut opened its doors as a lavish retreat where the finest care could be bestowed upon its guests in a soft, refined atmosphere that radiates Dior’s desire to make women both more beautiful and happier.

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Upon entering the spa, you are immediately enveloped by a sense of haute couture as Dior fashion shows play on tall screens in the entryway.

Warm creams and golds, soft whites and silvers, and dusty pinks and lavenders beautifully blend with simple lines of luxury furniture and decor to create a bright, airy and calming space.

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The highest-quality and bespoke services are offered in the spas five treatment rooms, a double room for couples, and a private manicure and pedicure room.

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Dior Institut’s treatments are structured and individually defined for each guest and offer both instant and long-lasting rejuvenating results. Each treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation and in-depth examination in order to tailor your selected service to your personal needs. Next a back massage focused on helping posture relaxes you in preparation for your scheduled treatment. To wrap things up you are gently awakened with a hand massage, and for the ultimate Dior allure you can receive the “Finishing Touch” – a professional application of Dior makeup and perfume.

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Top-of-the-line treatments include the two-hour holistic l’Or de Vie Miracle facial and signature Dior Prestige Awakening of the Senses massage. The Dior Institut also offers a variety of clarifying facials, exclusive massages, age-defying remedies, hand and foot treatments, as well as professional makeup services and a special Couture Treatment of the Month.

Masterfully crafted by the Dior Science team from the finest ingredients cultivated in the Dior gardens around the world, Dior’s beauty and skincare products are used exclusively at the spa. After your personal skin evaluation is completed, a state-of-the-art computer program selects the perfect range of products for your treatment. The benefits of these exquisite lotions and serums are heightened by the hands of the Dior Institut’s therapists using the brand’s signature “art of touch” in each treatment.

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The Dior allure is calling to me, do you hear it too?!

If you are lucky enough to find yourself at the Dior Institut during the remainder of 2017, take note! In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th Anniversary, the spa is currently paying tribute to the famous fashion house, and longtime hotel patron and founder, by offering complimentary Dior gifts to its clients who mention ’70 years of Dior’ when booking any facial or body treatment lasting an hour or more!

 

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by Anna Beck Bimba

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