The best way to unwind from a tense day in New York is to get pampered at one of the city’s supreme spas. So trade in the MetroCard for a plush bathrobe and treat yourself to a day of relaxation.
1 The Setai Spa
Located in the middle of the hectic Financial District lies a tranquil spa that soothes stress instantaneously. The Setai Spa treats each customer like royalty. Upon changing into robe and slippers, clients are offered champagne, sweets and a heated neck pillow in the Tea Lounge as they wait for their treatment. The Spa also provides an Italian marble jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room and a Finnish sauna that may be used by clients before and after their appointment. This Zen-inspired spa makes it easy to forget that busy Wall Street is right outside.
2 The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental does not want its clients to forget that they’re in one of the busiest cities in the world. Instead it emphasizes the beauty of New York with spectacular, open views onto Central Park and the Hudson River. The Spa offers a wide variety of unique services, such as chakra balancing and acupressure. For guests who cannot decide which facials or massages are best for them, the spa affords consultations with a therapist to determine the perfect combination of treatments.
3 Great Jones Spa
The Great Jones Spa has taken the notion of a relaxing waterfall and elevated it- about three stories- with its indoor waterfall. Before treatments clients can bask in the Water Lounge, which has an abundance of natural light flowing in from the skylight. The Spa is known for its uncommon treatments, like Red Flower Hammam, which can only be found in a handful of spas in the city. Make sure to have plenty of time after any appointment; spa visitors are encouraged to visit the River Rock Sauna, Chakra-Light Steam Room, Thermal Hot Tub and Cold Plunge.
4 Aida Bicaj, Institut de Beauté
Casually hidden on the ground floor of a Park Avenue apartment building lies an anti-aging guru, Aida Bicaj. Owner Aide Bicaj administers a mixture of active ingredients that restore the skin’s natural pH. Although the spa’s specialty is facials, it also offers a variety of unconventional treatments available for the body. Just ask some of Bicaj's regular customers, such as Lenny Kravitz or Ivana Trump, how they keep their skin so radiant.
5 Moonflower Spa
Moonflower Spa pays homage to the Japanese ideals of balance and beauty with its rock garden waiting room and lightly illuminated hallways. The Spa offers an assortment of treatments for women, teens, men and even those who are jetlagged. To top off its menu of treatments is a Caviar Luxury Facial to boost collagen production. Owner Yuko Funaki also offers complimentary consultations to determine which treatment is best suited to his clients.