Wellness Weekend: The Perfect Paris Getaway For Solo Self-Care
How many times have you heard the phrase, “Paris is always a good idea,” and then thought, maybe, but my bank account or work schedule is telling me otherwise? If a Paris trip has been at the top of your bucket list for awhile, don’t let its romanticized image of couples saying yes to a ring below the Eiffel Tower or designer clothing that costs your whole paycheck deter you. The city of lights is more than just love and haute couture. Most importantly, it can be ideal the ideal locale for a solo traveler looking to take a break from la vie (life) and indulge in much-needed self-care. Here’s how to do it.
Plan Ahead: Maya Dorsey created La Vie Locale to showcase her life as an American expat living in Paris. Lucky for us, she also offers personalized guides and tours for people planning to visit Paris with her business, La Vie Locale Experience. It’s a perfect opportunity for solo travelers to get an insider’s view of the city without the hassle of impersonal tour groups.
Check in: When it comes to choosing accommodations, Paris’ options can be overwhelming. For a perfect neighborhood to call your homebase and a property that feels like home without the pretension, check into Le Pavillon de la Reine. Located in the charming Le Marais neighborhood, this ivy-clad, luxury boutique hotel is accessed through a private garden courtyard. Once you step into the lobby, you’ll realize you’ve discovered a secret gem tucked behind unassuming art galleries. There are 56 individually decorated rooms and suites, some which include velvet couches and silk wallpaper, because, Paris. There is also an onsite spa and the not-to-be-missed Anne restaurant, where delicious dishes like a classic entrecôte de Salers (rib-eye steak) are best enjoyed on the property’s peaceful terrace.
Indulge in some self-care: For a unique experience, make an appointment at O’Kari. In this traditional Turkish bathhouse, clothing in sauna is optional. After sweating out all the champagne from the night, an attendant will whisk you away to a raised heated stone where you’re body will be scrubbed down and hair shampooed and massaged. Afterward, you can enjoy soaking in a warm pool with a glass of lemonade.
Eat: You’re going to want to do a lot of indulging in Paris, where solo eating is very easy. Opt for streetside people watching at a local bistro, where a glass of wine is often only five bucks. For a nighttime dinner and look into hip Paris, make a reservation at The Hoxton Hotel’s Rivié restaurant. Here, all the cool kids catch up over cocktails classics like and fish and chips.
When you’re ready to treat yourself, look no further than Michelin-starred LiLi in the luxurious Shangri La Hotel. The restaurant serves classic Cantonese cuisine from top Hong Kong chefs, including wok-fried sole, a tender peking duck, and a spicy lobster stir fry. Service here is exceptional, and you will definitely feel like for queen for the night.
Restaurant Cléo in Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel is the type of intimate dining experience that exudes eating in someone’s stylish living room. Start with the pumpkin veloute: a curry soup with such buttery richness you’ll have to stop yourself from scraping the bowl. Main courses included a hearty beef short rib with mashed potatoes and house smoked salmon fillet. Don’t forget to indulge in their incredible wine list as well, which includes impressive white wines from France’s Loire Valley.
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Kristin Braswell is an award-winning journalist. Follow her adventures and travel company @crushglobal on Instagram.