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Luxury Steeped in History: The Spas of Prague

By: Bryan Durocher
Posted: August 26, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The interior combines the heritage of the building with state-of-the-art style and attention to detail. For that reason, it enjoys a loyal clientele of sophisticated tourists and international business travelers, many of whom check in for extended stays.

The hotel’s Pure Spa is popular not only with Le Palais guests, but is also visited regularly by residents of the area—an ideal situation for a hotel spa. In fact, according to the spa director, it was guests and neighbors who pressed Le Palais to build the spa and adjoining health club with gym, sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and aroma showers. The hotel’s management wisely incorporates spa treatments into many of its packages, and consumer review sites rave about the facility.

Like the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Pure Spa is also located in the basement of the hotel, and its pale yellow walls and bright floral tiled mosaics make the facility cheery and bright. One of the most unusual features of Pure Spa is the fact that the treatments incorporate the customizable, aromatherapeutic Ligne St. Barth products into their treatments. Although at first I questioned the choice of this Caribbean-themed collection in a spa in a traditional European city, it soon became clear that these high-quality products added a delightful tropical flavor to this elegant place.

Pure Spa offers a variety of treatments for couples, so my friend Angelika and I decided to book the two-hour, Pure Spa Couple Treatment Experience. All of the couples treatments take place in a spacious treatment suite, a soothing, private room that easily accommodates two people and two therapists. The Pure Spa Couple Treatment, which costs $550, combines exfoliation, hydration and massage using pure St. Barth plant oils that guests customize with their own choice of aromatherapy additives. I chose a geranium-infused blend for its uplifting properties, and Angelika opted for a blend with strong rose notes to hydrate and relax.

As soft music played, the therapists began with a body-peeling massage employing fresh papaya, natural yogurt and a special sea-sand polish. The exfoliation was followed by the application of a luxurious, hydrating body mask, and ultimately, the therapists performed a relaxing massage that ensured a thorough penetration of the mask preparation, and left us utterly and completely relaxed. Every step of the treatment was performed in tandem, and the therapists finished at precisely the same moment—a dramatic and delightful detail.