Why the Ritz Paris Should Add Surfing to Its Spa List

Chanel surfboard included

If you’re lucky enough to nab a coveted appointment at Chanel Au Ritz Paris, the legendary hotel’s new double-C branded spa, you may be slightly disappointed when you don’t see surfing à la piscine on the menu next to the massages and the signature Le Grand Soin (a “multi-sensory voyage” for face and body). After watching supermodel Soo Joo Park paddle around the pristine, aquamarine-tiled pool on a Chanel surfboard, it seems like catching a chic wave or doing some “casual surf-yoga,” as Park captioned on Instagram, at the Ritz is something that should be available to guests, non?

While you wait for Chanel to create an indoor Blue Crush experience, make a reservation at the Dreamsea Surf Camp in the south of France, where you can choose between “glamping or normal tents” on Moliets Plage. (Obviously, glamping is the only way to go.) There’s also Tropicsurf, a company that specializes in “luxury surfing” including “five star boats and resorts” in places like the Maldives and Seychelles. Kalon Surf in Costa Rica boasts a mansion, coffee tasting, and farm-to-table dinners along with semi-private surf lessons. And for those who prefer hanging out to hanging ten, there’s Wai Vari water therapy at the Four Seasons Maui, where muscles are stretched and massaged by a therapist in the ocean and stress seemingly floats away into the deep blue abyss. We’re even told you can hear whales calling to one another during peak season (January through March) while the sea soothes your body and senses. More adventurous types eager to burn calories can sign up for SUP yoga at the hotel, which combines classic poses with paddleboarding. Here’s hoping after crushing it on one of these haute vacations, you come home looking like Gisele Bündchen in Chanel’s Baz Luhrmann-directed No. 5 commercial

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