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5 June 2013…// Combining head-to-toe indulgence with results-driven treatments and professional health advice, The Imperial Spa at Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France offers a tailored approached to wellbeing. The hotel’s spa menu features a full range of treatments from signature facials, massages and body treatments by Guerlain, to custom-made wellness programmes, dedicated sports therapies and personalised hair and scalp remedies in the hotel’s own hair-care institute. 

With stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean, The Imperial Spa at Hôtel du Palais features 32,300ft² of space, spread over five floors, devoted to serious spa pampering. Facilities include 10 treatment rooms, a 15m indoor swimming pool with counter-current swimming, Jacuzzi, two steam rooms, sauna and gym with the latest cardio equipment. Club-like in style, the Eugénie Salon is ideal for post treatment relaxation, serving fresh teas, cakes and light meals either indoors or on the terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.   

Face & Body Treatments By Guerlain
Hôtel du Palais’ connection with Guerlain runs deeper than a combined commitment to excellence. The classic French beauty brand’s most famous cologne, Eau de Cologne Impériale, was created in 1858 as a gift for Empress Eugénie, the wife of Emperor Napoléon III, the original owners of Hôtel du Palais. The Guerlain Impérial Massage (50 min; £102) pays homage to this cologne. Transporting guests into a peace-like state, it is a multi-sensorial experience that inspires complete calm while facilitating oxygenation, stimulating circulation and leaving the body totally relaxed and invigorated. 

New Treatment: Super Aqua Original Source Treatment (80 min; £162)
Leaving skin supple and radiant, this face and body treatment is the ultimate hydration boost. Using the enhanced hydrating powers of Guerlain’s cult skincare product, Super Aqua Serum, skin is left revitalised with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced. The facial treatment is followed by a full body relaxing massage.

Imperial Spa Signature Treatment (80 min; £145)
Unique to Hôtel du Palais, the Imperial Spa Signature Treatment is a tailor-made massage designed to appeal to the senses. At the start of the treatment guests are asked to pick a semi-precious stone from a selection including, red jasper, cornaline, yellow tiger eye, jade and light blue agate, which will help establish their mood. The colour of the stone will then determine the light and scent of room, the music played, the oil used, the type and strength of the massage and finally the flavour of the post treatment smoothie.

Imperial Spa Programmes  
The team of experts at The Imperial Spa can tailor programmes to individual skin and body needs, catering to personal expectations and chosen objectives. Programmes can vary in length however the most popular are between three and six days. The Imperial Spa Silhouette Programme (3 days £795; 6 days £1,446) offers a choice of treatments focusing on different areas of the mind and body, including a Slimming Prelude Day that includes a body scrub, draining massage and power plate; Serenity Day, which includes Balneotherapy (soothing bath with draining oils) and pilates; and Lightness Day, with slimming wrap, aromatherapy massage and facial. 

Leonor Greyl Hair-Care Institute 
Much more than a regular hotel hair salon, The Leonor Greyl Hair-Care Institute at Hôtel du Palais is a sophisticated one-stop-shop to eliminating hair and scalp dilemmas. The process starts with a consultation during which the hair and scalp is analysed using a microscopic machine. A tailored and highly personalised hair mask is then applied using Leonor Greyl’s high quality and effective products. This customised treatment uses 100% natural blends of plant extracts that nourish the hair from within. The scalp is left healthier, hair is moisturised and the tips revitalised (treatment from £102). 

Sport & Wellbeing 
Health conscious guests can partake in body evaluation and life assessment treatments which analyse physical condition, lifestyle and eating habits to create long term programmes that they can take away. Pilates, yoga, swimming, aquaphobia (wellbeing sessions in the pool for those with a fear of water), muscle strengthening and body sculpting are part of the selection of fitness classes available. 

The Imperial Spa Package at Hôtel du Palais starts from £662 per night, per room, based on two sharing a Classic Biarritz View room with breakfast. Price includes one lunch or dinner and a 50 minute spa treatment per person. For further information or to book visit www.hotel-du-palais.com or call the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd reservations department on 0845 077 2222. Hôtel du Palais is an Orient-Express Associate Hotel. 


About Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. 
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture.   The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities.   Today the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. brand embraces 46 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, three river cruise operations and one of New York’s most iconic restaurants.  www.orient-express.com

About Hôtel du Palais
Cradled by the beaches of Biarritz for 120 years, Hôtel du Palais is a 154 room former palace which was commissioned as a private residence by Napoleon III to establish the town as “the queen of resorts and a resort for kings” and has played host to many well-known personalities from the literary and arts worlds including Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway. Rooms and suites, which look out onto the Atlantic Ocean, reflect the ‘belle époque’ era in which the hotel was born, and are fitted with Burmese teak, Carrara marble and Italian glass mosaics. Antique furniture, turn-of-the-century Lalique-style lamps, and gilded cabinets and chandeliers feature throughout the hotel and contribute towards a majestic atmosphere. In an authentic touch, all fabrics and upholstery at Hôtel du Palais are individually designed and produced by hand in the hotel’s very own workshop.  Hôtel du Palais is home to three restaurants, including one Michelin starred Villa Eugenie, which serves mouth-watering rich French cuisine featuring locally caught seafood and regional produce. www.hotel-du-palais.com.

For further information, please contact Emily Wilson at Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. on 0203 117 1378 or Emily.wilson@orient-express.com

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