Few things are more therapeutic than 15-minutes in a hot sauna. I finally had the chance to enjoy a mini-spa day from the Air France Lounge at Paris CDG, the subject of this sauna review.
Air France Sauna Review
I had planned to experience way back in December 2018 when I flew Air France first class, but you might recall that someone vomited in the lounge hours before my arrival and that meant it was closed for deep cleaning.
The ladies thought I was crazy since I was 30 minutes away from boarding and had to change terminals, but I assured them 15 minutes would be more than enough time for me to work in a treatment prior to my flight.
The sauna is actually a private suite located before door seven in the shower area. The door is always locked, but you can check on availability at the reception desk and if available, they will escort you there and open the door for you (and if full, you can be added to the waitlisted). The sauna is booked for 40 minutes at at time.
I was handed a plastic-coated card that explained sauna protocol. If I could sum it up in two words: use caution.
Air France Sauna CDG
Perhaps more impressive than the sauna itself was the huge walk-in shower (too bad my wife wasn’t along…). This is also the designated handicapped shower, so the sauna may be out of commission for that reason as well.
There’s a little changing area with a door that leads into the shower and sauna area:
The shower area:
The shower featured Clarins shampoo and shower gel.
Like the shower, the sauna is large enough for several people…
An hour glass timer helps you stay on schedule:
I’d say the only disappointment was that the sauna was only heated to 75ºC (167ºF). I prefer 85ºC (185ºF).
After a refreshing 15-minute sweat followed by an even quicker shower, I dried myself off and was quickly on my way to my gate. It was a bit more rushed than I would have liked, but totally worthwhile and very relaxing ahead of a transatlantic flight.
Next, I’ll compare the sauna experiences in Helsinki and Paris.