urban escape

by Kasia on December 4, 2012

I am a great fan of weekend escapes, a tranquil setting in which to unwind and simply lose track of time. Though not always possible or so easy to get away. Luckily, I discovered such a place in the heart of Paris, what I can accurately describe as an urban escape, L’échappée.

Behind this door exists a hidden universe of wellness, for mind, body and soul.

First stop, the spa. Upon entering the hammam, the cold, wintry world outside ceased to exist. The dipping pool invited me in to it’s tepid waters and there I remained for countless time, the Paris sky high above, my thoughts floating far beyond it. Experiencing the full spa treatment, I was next summoned to an adjoining room for le gommage, the ritual of cleansing and exfoliating the skin. I was left feeling lighter and rehydrated. Perfect time to escape into the steam room. The next step is my favorite of all, le massage. I chose the Californian technique for utmost relaxation. In a word, bliss. Where am I again? I left this urban paradise hours later in a state of zen and floated home.

Above the spa sits the restaurant. Both industrial chic and intimate, feeling very much comme à la maison. I’ve had the occasion of lunching here several times but it is the weekend brunch that most satisfies my palate. A decadent and plentiful spread of sweet and savory. The best Paris brunch I have discovered to date, and as a New York brunch aficionado that says a lot!

I am already looking forward to my next visit to the spa, the restaurant, or perhaps both, should I need a proper escape. Anyone care to join me?

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Sasha Levenson-Wahl December 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

L’Echappee is my all time favorite spa in Paris! It is such a wonderful and relaxing atmosphere and their 35euro day pass to just sit in the hammam and pool all day is sometimes all that you need!

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Kasia December 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’ve gone with the day pass too, so relaxing to spend a few hours at the hammam! Glad you too have discovered this gem.

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tn December 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Oh how I miss going to the spa! It’s so intimidating in french. I have found a good facial/nail place near my home. But massages is what this mama needs/wants/misses most of all :-D

Thanks for the recommendation

What are the spa protocols/etiquette in France? Similar to the States?

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Kasia December 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

In that case you must go, ASAP! All you need to bring is a bathing suit, and weekdays are less busy generally.

Similar etiquette as in the States, most people keep to themselves, as is the French way.

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Cristina, from BA to Paris December 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Thanks for the idea!! Another of my well-deserved ;D Xmas presents!

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Kasia December 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

Exactly what you need! Enjoy!!

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Little Pieces of Light December 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

This place looks amazing! I am definitely going to check it out this winter. Thanks so much for the tip! :)

x Milla

(http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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Kasia December 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

You will love it Milla! The perfect spot to relax post travels.

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Andi December 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

This looks like a little piece of heaven!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm

OMG this place is incredible!!!!

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Susan December 5, 2012 at 1:46 am

Wow that looks delightful!

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Lindsey December 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

One of my favorites! If you haven’t already done so, try the facial :) http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/vain-glorious-lechappees-express-facial/

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Kasia December 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

Will do, thanks Lindsey!

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Daisy de Plume December 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

DO love that state of Where am I again zen! Looks divine!

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