Ahh, spas – sanguine, serene environments that allow for a temporarily check-out from the hustle and bustle of the big city. New York answers the desperate call for rest and relaxation with luxurious treatments in beautiful spaces that cater to every preference at a range of prices.
Nothing says ‘luxury’ like The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, a quiet and tranquil space engineered to relax every muscle. Its interior will transport you to an oasis in a faraway land, as soft, melodic music eases your mind. Each treatment is designed to revive mind and body – a harmonious equilibrium. Opt for the ‘Clearing Factor’ treatment to melt away the stress and anxiety of city life. Those willing to pay a higher premium for these luxurious treatments can revive and rejuvenate – they won’t be disappointed.
Shizuka Day Spa is all about the Japanese holistic way, offering massages, saunas, and facials to soothe the mind and invigorate the body as well as impeccable nail services for the fashion-forward. Perfect for couples, cliques, or much-needed solo time, Shizuka’s ‘Geisha Facial’ is a popular treatment that keeps customers loyal. A favorite among celebrities and high-profile figures, this unique facial is made of Nightingale droppings, which is a Japanese tradition to enhance and beautify the skin.
Noy Skincare is an intimate and warm space perched along the famous Madison Ave. sector of the Eastside. Its primary focus is skincare – helping the skin recuperate from Mother Nature’s wrath: the extreme cold and heat that New York is known for. The staff is pleasant and welcoming, making you feel at home right away. Services are easy on the pockets, and there are facial specials for any skin type. The Probiotic Cleansing Treatment is a must-try, especially after a hot summer season.
Aire Ancient Baths, New York | Courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths
Baths are perfect for soothing the body and helping to improve blood circulation, and Aire Ancient Baths is the ultimate destination to meet those needs. Highly recommended for athletes or anyone else experiencing muscle pain, a few sessions of the ‘Thermal Bath with Aromatherapy and Relaxing’ treatment will aid any physical ailments. The cavernous atmosphere and customer-obsessed services make this spa a go-to for the tough New York crowd – especially those who understand the tremendous value of a good soak.
Just as sitting Buddha-style – palms together and chanting ‘Ohm’ – puts the body at ease, so too does Ohm Spa and Lounge. Upon arrival, clients are invited to sit in a waiting area with a cup of hot herbal tea or a refreshing, fruit-infused glass of water. Opt for the ‘Manuka Honey Facial’ with a deep-tissue massage for a spa experience you won’t soon forget. A spa package at Ohm makes a fantastic birthday gift, or simply gift yourself an afternoon of pure indulgence that will help propel you through the daily grind.
A tea room, steam room, and jacuzzi are all at your fingertips at The Setai Club and Spa Wall Street, known for its exclusivity. The Setai Club typically attracts Wall Street types in dire need of relaxation, but anyone in NYC has the opportunity to splurge for this spa’s premium services, as vouchers can be scored on various luxury sale websites if you time it right. The balmy and sophisticated style dictum is upscale without being stuffy. Try the ‘Moroccan Hammam Experience’ body therapy to reboot the body and restore the senses.
A beautiful brownstone in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn houses this zen-like escape in which you can awaken synergy in the body. Characterized by warm, earthen tones, Cynergy Spa will melt your stress away with spa packages like ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘The Ultimate Escape.’ Friendly staff will make you feel right at home, side-stepping the hoity-toity atmosphere of many NYC locales.
Perhaps best known for top waxing services, Metamorphosis Day Spa is a great place to indulge in premium relaxation. Take advantage of the monthly deals on offer or go for a fully-immersive experience with the ‘Metamorphosis Signature Massage’ and ‘PurOrganic Facial,’ both of which use exclusively organic products. This contemporary space is bright, refined, and inviting, adding peace and sunshine to the mind and body.
Water is fantastic for the body, inside and out, and Great Jones Spa in SoHo has an incredible water lounge. Its water therapy services, such as the ‘Water Works – Chakra Light Steam’ are designed to relieve muscle tension. This spa also has a salon for hair, makeup, and all that jazz. Speaking of jazz, The Great Jones Spa’s soundtrack will keep you relaxed and upbeat from start to finish.
If you’re looking for a fun, plush, relaxing atmosphere, Spa Castle Premier 57 is a must-try. This health club has a plethora of options for relaxation, including the ‘Premier Signature Treatment,’ which burns fat, improves circulation, and increases energy. Another wise option is the ‘Premier Body Scrub,’ a specialized, traditional Korean body scrub technique that rids the skin of dead cells and batters away the damage brought on by Mother Nature.