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Spa of the Week: Dior Institut Plaza Athénée

By Olivia Cuccaro

In 1946, iconic fashion designer Christian Dior opened his first atelier on 30, avenue Montaigne in Paris. It’s said that inspiration struck when he strolled past the elegant Hôtel Plaza Athénée, and in that moment decided to start his own couture house on that very street. After 70 years of Dior models frequenting the hotel and high-profile guests stopping into the atelier, Hôtel Plaza Athénée is celebrating the partnership at its on-site spa, Dior Institut.

Just across avenue Montaigne, Dior Institut brings the exclusivity of the fashion house to the Hôtel Plaza Athénée spa experience. With a focus on “pure beauty,” the spa enlists expert therapists for luxurious treatments that feature Dior products. In a serene cream-and-taupe toned atmosphere, the carefully curated steps are defined for each woman, beginning with a one-on-one consultation and an in-depth skin examination with a therapist in order to achieve long-lasting results. Every treatment is accompanied by a posture-improving customized back massage. This is followed by a shaping exercise to address guest-specific needs, an optional Dior microabrasion technique to combat signs of aging and a gentle hand massage. Go from relaxed to ready for a Parisian night out with a Dior “Finishing Touch” beauty treatment, including makeup and perfume application.

In addition to rejuvenating massages, Dior Institut includes facials, body treatments, hand beauty, foot beauty, makeup services and a menu for men. The two-hour L’Or de Vie Miracle treatment holistically aims for full-body harmony by combining exfoliation, stimulating pinching movements, Yquem sap essence, Shiatsu techniques and facial sculpting. The outcome is glowing skin released from microtensions that will leave you feeling fit to walk the runway in a fashion show. Follow it up with a made-to-measure makeover where Dior experts will coordinate your makeup to your outfit for the evening. For something truly indulgent, be sure to inquire about the Couture Treatment of the Month.

To honor of the 70th anniversary, Dior Institut is offering a surprise Dior treat with a facial or body treatment when guests mention “70 Years of Dior” at booking.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located at 25, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France. For more information, please visit dorchestercollection.com.

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