It has been a long, long winter, and now that the sun is making timid appearances, you may be interested in gently reintroducing your body to the world with a trip to the spa. For a posh swim and gourmet pastries at a historic palace hotel, book an afternoon of “Gourmandise Sportive” at the Shangri-La (10 ave Iéna, 16th), where you’ll get afternoon tea service under the glass dome at La Bauhinia followed by exclusive access to the newly-opened indoor pool (pictured) bathed in natural light (usually reserved for hotel guests only, and bigger than the one at the Ritz, bien sûr). Available Mon-Fri 3-6pm through June 30th, €150/person. Reservation required at 01 53 67 19 78 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like a good scrub down and steam bath in a traditional hammam, the ladies-only spa O-Kari (22 rue Dessoubs, 2nd) offer a body scrub, hair mask and facial (2.5 hours, €199).
For a traditional Thai massage without any fuss, my neighborhood Spa de Siam (pictured left; 9 rue Coypel, 13th) just off Avenue des Gobelins, offers hour-long “Nuad Boran” massages with warm oil for just €49 on weekdays 11am-3pm. It’s not the fanciest spa in Paris, but I float out of there feeling fabulous every time.