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By Alexandra Taylor

Paris is the epitome of all things chic and in-vogue; from the most luxury fashion design houses to an art and restaurant scene that many argue is second to none. The lap of luxury lies along and near the Champs-Élysées, which houses some of the most iconic fashion designers and artists alike.

Steps from the Champs-Élysées lies Hotel Plaza Athénéé, a historic fixture of early 20th century Paris. Along Avenue Montaigne, the luxury hotel has been a namesake and a must stay for composers, performers, fashionistas, and celebrities alike since its opening in 1913. With 146 rooms and 45 suites the grandeur of the hotel is present throughout, showcasing French taste at its best. With views of the Eiffel Tower from room terraces and balconies, the Plaza Athénéé offers a full Parisian escape.

For a bit of lavish pampering look no further than the Dior Institut, conveniently situated in the lower level of the hotel. When Christian Dior opened his iconic design house on Avenue Montaigne a new friendship was formed. The avenue quickly transformed into the place of haute couture and the Plaza Athénéé was the place to see and be seen. Christian Dior chose the hotel as a showcase for his work. In recent years the two houses joined forces to create a place of serenity and rejuvenation. The Dior Institut is an extension of the couture house both in style and sensibility. A relaxed setting, an inviting staff, and the temptation of indulging beauty treatments had me making an appointment for an afternoon of self-indulgent treatments.

From deep tissue body massages that balance your body’s natural energy to total radiance rejuvenating facials, which uses sapphire particles for maximum radiance, the Dior Institut offers nothing less than decadent relaxation. After the treatment you can enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine in the relaxation and herbal tea lounge, lounge near the central pool, or prolong your stay with a visit to the hammam steam bath or sauna. The Plaza Athénéé and the Dior Institut is a must-visit for a lavish Parisian get away.

Originally published July 2011
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