CHANEL SPA AT THE RITZ HOTEL IN PARIS 1Renowned brand Chanel announced that it has plans to open its first spa at the Ritz Paris. In a brief statement, the French fashion house said “Chanel au Ritz Paris,” dedicated to the brand’s skin care, will open at year-end in the Ritz Club.

The high-profile project is likely to further fan anticipation for the reopening of the mythic, five-star hotel, shuttered since July 2012 for an extensive renovation slated for completion late this year.

It also represents a high-profile calling card for Chanel’s extensive skin-care range, whose profile has nevertheless trailed the brand’s fragrance and makeup categories.

It is understood the Ritz spa is to be a one-off for the Rue Cambon fashion house, which has historic ties to the Place Vendôme hotel, whose famous residents included the late couturier for 34 years.

The Ritz has long been famous for its Coco Chanel suite, and the shape of the Chanel No. 5 bottle is said to echo the configurations of buildings on the Place Vendôme, with the Ritz in a prime corner location. The hotel suite is also getting a facelift. “The story linking Chanel and the Ritz Paris would not be complete without the opening of a new Coco Chanel suite inspired by the one she originally occupied and by the decor she loved so much,” stated Chanel.

Billed as the biggest refurbishment in the history of the 117-year-old establishment, the project involves revamping rooms, suites, restaurants, bars, the spa and leisure areas, in addition to the Ritz Escoffier cooking school and the hotel’s gardens.