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paradise is on the 4th floor

Caudalie founders Thomas and Mathilde Bertrand in their New York City spa's "French Paradox Lounge".

When one enters the fourth floor of New York City’s Plaza hotel, the mood, aroma and a unique sense of glamour settle in. French skincare line Caudalie brought their brand, methods and French joie de vivre to New York City in 2008 with a beautiful and fully renovated spa that boasts the largest spa space in New York City. The husband and wife team and founders of the luxe line, Thomas and Mathile Bertrand have landed in New York City for good. The two officially moved to the City last summer and between their global work and travel schedules, oversee the Spa and the expansion of their line, which retails in Space.NK and Sephora shops nationwide. With the famed Caudalie spa in Bordeaux, France still serving as the flagship, Caudalie now has seven signature spas around the world, most recently opening in Istanbul, another famous capital.

I was recently given a tour of the Caudalie spa in New York City, and spent an afternoon with Mathilde. I learned the secrets of the renovation, about their various wine therapies and viewed the VIP lounge that I one day hope to experience! Here’s the scoop from the founder, wife and mom that now calls New York City home.

“We were thrilled when the Plaza approached us to open a spa in their iconic building!    We love the energy of New York City and the fact that it’s such an international city.  The Plaza is the perfect partner for Caudalie because of its history, its luxurious aesthetic and the fact that it attracts both local New Yorkers as well as the international community.

Our vision was to feature the elements of Caudalie’s DNA: nature, glamour and technology and merge it with the aesthetic of The Plaza. We wanted to highlight the natural essence of Caudalie and in every single treatment room we feature lava stone, cherry wood on the ceilings and walls, and vine stalks embedded into glass. There is also a signature sculpture in each room that is made of all natural wood, that reminded me of the vines from my family’s property in Bordeaux.  Adding to the chic feel, you will also find Bisazza mosaics throughout the treatment rooms, which comes from Italy and uses very precious, beautiful materials.  And, to highlight the iconic past of The Plaza, we knew it was key to keep the landmark wall.  The spa was designed and built by the architect around the bow window and this spectacular landmark wall – it’s undeniably New York.  The bow window created the setting for our wine lounge, which is very French and signature Caudalie.  We have the only spa in the world where you can spa and drink at the same time!

Our Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza is actually our smallest space – though it’s quite big for New York City. Our other spas are in the French countryside so we had plenty of space and most of the time were working with at least 20,000 square feet.  Our spa in France has 20 treatment rooms, while the spa in Spain is 14,000 square feet with 14 treatment rooms, a huge pool with Turkish baths – all very big amenities.  The spa at The Plaza mimics our other Caudalie spas because it has the same glamorous aesthetic and features the signature natural materials and tiles in its design.

All of our other spas are in the middle of vineyards and since we couldn’t bring the vineyard to New York, we brought the essence of the vineyard with us!  The French Paradox Lounge features amazing grove wines from my family’s vineyard, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, which is one of the best vineyards in the world.  The Vinotherapie Spa is the only spa in New York with an in-house sommelier and a place where you can enjoy a glass of wine between treatments.

Also, New Yorkers love good wine.  There were absolutely no problems introducing the idea of “Vinotherapie” – New York City has welcomed us with open arms!”

Find paradise on the fourth floor at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

VIP Treatment room and private barrel bath tub at the Caudalie Spa in New York City's Plaza Hotel.

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