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Review: Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

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Raffles Paris – Le Royal Monceau plays host to Clarins Spa My Blend. Located just off the Arc de Triomphe – you couldn’t be better placed to enjoy Paris.

THE SPA

Spa My Blend was launched as a new concept exclusively at Le Royal Monceau, Paris. It has now spread to a limited number of premium spa locations across France and Canada. The spa is light and airy which made it welcoming and spacious and you would never know it is situated in the basement. It is literally flooded with natural daylight which is enhanced with very clever lighting effects. I loved the veiled walls which ensure that at any one point you couldn’t quite tell where you are. It was modern, classy and ever so chic. This is a hotel spa of distinction which allows you to relax (great sofas by the pool) enjoy some fresh juice and the healthy spa bar too – but epitomises cool at the same time.

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The centrepiece is the eye catching 28 metre indoor pool edged by an infinity mirror and covered by glass tiled skylights which are the base of the hotel pond above. Steam, sauna, laconium and ice fountain with accompanying watsu pool, modern fitness centre and personalised coaching for beauty, body, pool make this is a spa of substance.  The treatment menu consists of the full Clarins Essentials and For Men – Face and Body, as well as the bespoke Clarins My Blend treatments.

THE TREATMENT

The Clarins My Blend concept was developed by Dr Olivier Courtin to address the unique demands of the skin. Offering an ultra-personalised vision for skincare, the My Blend product line customises the formula according to what it needs. With My Blend, the blend, texture and application techniques are selected for each individual utilising over 200 combinations that harness the scientific peptides – Cell Energy Complex.

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My Blend Facial begins with a thorough consultation and 3D scan examining skin condition, genetics, hormonal, environmental and lifestyle factors. Your therapist customises the correct skin care, boosts it and tailors it to you. I required Balance of Power (No.4) for normal, occasionally oily skin that needs sebum control and hydration. It was given a boost with an antioxidant shield and redness relief. Not only was the facial supremely relaxing and expertly done, you receive a full size Day and Night Cream of your bespoke formula to take home. It was brilliant, just brilliant. I continued to use the creams and really noticed a difference in my skin condition, particularly the redness and hydration levels.

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THE HOTEL

Le Royal Monceau is the flagship of the Raffles Hotel group in Europe and rightly so. The hotel was completely re-imagined just a few years ago by French designer, Philippe Starck with 85 rooms and 64 suites. Art abounds everywhere you turn, the food is exquisite and the décor to die for. I couldn’t fault anything about the hotel or spa. Not one thing.

Price: My Blend Facial: 1 hr 30 mins – 295 euros

www.leroyalmonceau.com