Summer is here. And it’s been hot in the French capital lately!
Only a few exclusive homes in Paris can boast their own private pool – and we’d be delighted to help you find such a property… Till then, there are several chic places you may wish to visit for your morning laps or to relax in the afternoon…
My personal favorite is the Ritz Club (17 Place Vendôme, Paris 1er). It’s bright and spacious and quiet and elegant. Need I say more? It’s no surprise many a celebrity has been spotted at this iconic pool.
The pool of the Shangri-la Hotel (Paris 16e) is almost as lovely. Most five-star hotels in Paris offer privileged swimming-pool access to their guests and to the clientele of their spa, such as the recently reopened Crillon (Paris 8e) and Lutétia (Paris 6e).
The pool at the Bristol (Paris 8e) may not seem as sleek and luxurious as the latter but its location on the hotel rooftop – hence with a gorgeous view and an outdoor space – makes it quite unique. Note that the pool and spa at trendy Hôtel Costes (Paris 1er) are currently closed for renovation.
Piscine Molitor can pride itself on offering both a large indoor and a very large outdoor pool. Along with a 1,700-sqm spa by Clarins. As well as a restaurant and a fitness center. The 1929 public pool designed by architect Lucien Pollet, after being closed and deserted for 25 years, reopened as a lovely boutique hotel in 2014. I remember going to Molitor for weekly swims with my classmates and our PE teacher back in the early ‘80s… The place has gone a long way.
If athletic swimming is definitely part of your art-de-vivre, then you’ll need an outdoor Olympic pool open year-round (and heated of course!): Lagardère Paris Racing is just what you are looking for. Two sponsors are required in order to join this selective sports club located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne. But you’ll get to rub elbows with elite Parisian families who are adamant they wouldn’t go swim anywhere else.