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The Wellness Questionnaire with Nathalie Delclos, Spa Director for The Ritz Paris Club & Spa

Discover how this spa director finds balance in her life.

Nathalie Delclos, spa director for The Ritz Paris Club & Spa, got her start in the spa industry more than a decade ago. Working her way up through the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts network of spas, Delclos joined the brand in 2008 as a spa sales manager. After four years, she was appointed spa director at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. She also served as regional spa director at the Four Seasons’ Hotel Georges V in Paris. In her new role as spa director for the Ritz Paris Club & Spa, Delclos recently oversaw the transition of the brand from the former Chanel Spa to the Ritz Club & Spa and is currently managing the team’s day-to-day operations, guest relations, and treatment innovation. Passionate about wellness, she practices what she preaches, living a holistic and healthy lifestyle including running marathons, cycling, yoga, and more. Here Delclos shares how she keeps wellness front and center. 

What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness is a state of contentment. It’s the ability to relax and enjoy life, an overall feeling of healthiness. Wellness also reflects a strong immune system and a regimen of daily practices that include self-care, healthy eating, and exercise. It’s having a strong, capable body that can carry you through your days with ease.

What are your favorite things to do to maintain your personal wellbeing?

I have high-intensity hobbies like running, wakeboarding, and snowboarding during winter season, but I also spend quality time with my friends for a good mindset.

Is there a specific fitness activity that you love and why?

Running. It is a simple way to detox pressure from the daily operations of life. 

What is your favorite healthy food, and do you have a favorite way of preparing it?

I love poke bowls. I prepare my bowl depending on the season to get the best quality of ingredients, and I always try to buy fresh fruits or vegetables whenever possible.

What is your favorite healthy beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and do you have any insider tips for preparing it?

My favorite beverages, by far, are hot tea and matcha. I opt for a white tea with squeezed lemon, and I always make my matcha with almond milk.

What is your greatest wellness achievement?

Finishing a marathon. When I run a marathon, I completely empty my head from any worries, and I feel my most free and strong self.

What person in wellness do you most admire and why?

I admire the explorer Mike Horn for his mental strength and all his accomplishments in his adventures and challenges.

What do you think is the most exciting wellness innovation you have recently discovered?

I’m amazed by the improvements in wellness in the past 15 years. I’ve noticed the rise in retreat centers around the world. To me, that means that people are caring about and investing in wellness. Those establishments are tailored to specific focuses on healing like addiction recovery or prevention.

What is your idea of balanced healthy happiness?

It’s a recharging sleep paired with a healthy diet. But more deeply than that, it’s being surrounded by loving family and friends—and, of course, to enjoy daily life with a routine that I enjoy.

Do you have a secret health or wellness tip you would like to share?

Enjoy life and be grateful to be how you are when you wake up in the morning.

What is your favorite place for a healthy vacation or escape?

Whether it be mountains or beaches, anywhere is best spent with your favorite people.

What is your favorite self-care routine?

Balancing food and exercise.

What is your go-to for de-stressing?

Running or taking a few minutes to close my eyes and meditate to go back to the essentials.

What aspect of your wellbeing do you struggle with the most, or would most like to improve?

Yoga and biking. I need to concentrate more time on these two activities.

How do you celebrate small victories?

I celebrate with the people who help me to achieve these victories, such as going out for a drink.

What brings you joy?

My children, family, and friends, and my work.

About The Author
Heather-Mikesell-author-1

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent, abcnews.com, jetsetter.com, outside.com, and wellandgood.com, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.