Occupying the first floor of Maison Guerlain, L’Institut Guerlain opened in 1939 as the world’s first beauty salon. Today, this flagship urban spa combines its pioneering expertise with deeply personalised wellbeing and luxurious, efficacious treatments.
As Guerlain 68 Institute manager Véronique Jacquet explains, the focus is on providing an intimate guest experience and made-to-measure treatments. “We welcome our clients as if they are at home, so we don’t have an obvious reception when they first arrive and our living room area is called the private salon,” she says. “We ask our clients to arrive 20 minutes before their treatment begins, so we can make them really comfortable with slippers, a perfumed towel and refreshments.”
A wall of natural orchids fills the window of the private salon reflecting Guerlain’s perfumier heritage and echoing the extract of orchid used in the signature Guerlain anti-ageing skincare product collection, Orchidée Impériale.
The first floor of the building is a protected monument steeped history with avant-garde art, marble and wood features. The corridors boast stunning white plaster rose-and-leaf lighting centrepieces created by Jacometti with silk paper and water artwork by Claudine Drai.