Finding an intimate spot with a sexy vibe in Paris is a cinch. Finding a hotel in Paris with a pool, however, is not. It's a rare privilege that only a handful of high-end properties here offer -- and given the locale, you can bet on a romantic setting if you're planning to jump in. Some are inviting plunge pools in cozy nooks with low lighting, and others are long and sleek, set in airier spaces, with clean lines and polished decor. Read on for a roundup of our favorites.
1. Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet's Paris
If you're looking for a serene and sexy hotel pool on the Champs Élysées, you'd be hard-pressed to beat the one at this luxurious property. It's located in the hotel's massive, 8,600-square-foot spa, which also includes a sauna and hammam, seven treatment rooms, and a full menu of services. The pool area has a slight nautical theme, with wood paneling and porthole windows offering snapshots of surrounding Haussmann buildings. The lounge at one end is set behind a shimmering, gauzy curtain, which can be drawn for pre- or post-dip privacy.
2. Hotel Felicien by Elegancia
Located in a quiet section of the tony 16th Arrondissement, this upscale boutique hotel's plunge pool is surrounded by votive candles and glows like a neon-blue lagoon with a waterfall. There isn't much more to the dark, intimate space. It barely has enough room for two people, which is, perhaps, part of its appeal. Outside, there's a small spa with a steam room and sauna.
3. Le Metropolitan, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
This attractive, four-pearl hotel has a 10-meter lap pool that spans the chic space -- with white Capri marble and sleek, black granite columns -- containing it. Plush loungers are set in one corner, separated by privacy curtains, and a poolside massage table means that you won't have to go far to slip into the water after a rubdown. Off to the side, a door leads to a tiny hammam, and the hotel also has a swish spa.
4. La Maison Favart
La Maison Favart's pool looks like a bioluminescent grotto, with glowing, vibrant hues coloring the water and bouncing off the barrel-vaulted ceiling. A waterfall and fountain on the edge enhance the natural setting, and a cluster of circular mirrors above adds a stylish touch. There's also a spa with a sauna and steam room. The boutique hotel occupies a building that dates back to the 1920s, with interiors designed by Olivier Lapidus, the artistic director at French fashion house Lanvin.
5. Le Burgundy Paris
Le Burgundy Paris's 15-meter lap pool and relaxation lounge recollects a luxurious bathhouse in an ancient Greek palace. The lavish, sexy space has classical symmetry and clean lines, with gold mosaic tile and wall accents, and palms in gilded planters. Chic, white loungers and low tables line the wall. Plus, there's a changing area and spa behind a row of floor-to-ceiling curtains.
6. Le Roch Hotel & Spa
Sultry lighting sets the mood at the enticing pool housed in this smart boutique hotel, which opened in 2016 in the heart of the city. The pool is made of black lava rock, and the turquoise tiles that line its floor pair brilliantly with the shade of magenta cast on the walls. Posh upholstered benches next to it provide ample space to sprawl out. There's even an adjoining spa and fitness center. This pool takes first place in our roundup for having the coolest water feature: swimming through a small passage at one end leads right to the hotel's hammam.
7. Les Bains
The pool at Les Bains may be small, but it's in a swanky, cocktail lounge of a space (think: black floors, cracked-mirror walls, 70s-style seating, and articulated floor lamps with red lightbulbs). Even though the pool is sunken, it's far from what you might call "plunge." It's more for sitting on the edge and striking a pose while you check out the scene.
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