The Ritz-Carlton’s La Prairie Spa Ultimate Indulgence. Need I Say More?

Caviar Back Massage at La Prairie at the Ritz-Carlton New York.

The Ultimate Indulgence—sounds pretty fantastic doesn’t it?  You don’t even know what it is, but you’re intrigued nonetheless. Well, I’m not dishing on a chef’s table this time around or a wine wedding with luxe lingerie, so then what is the absolute Ultimate Indulgnce?

How about the most divine massage treatments around? At the La Prairie Spa in The Ritz Carlton Hotel on the Upper West Side, they don’t play. They only use the best products on their guests and by that, I mean La Prairie’s own skincare line and that includes a collection of caviar—yes—caviar, skincare.

Straight from Switzerland, La Prairie’s rise to skin perfection unveiled a stellar range of cellular treatments based on the their exclusive Cellular Complex. Only found in La Prairie products, these age-fighting ingredients deliver nutrients essential to the health, vitality and overall appearance of your skin.

La Prairie's Caviar Collection
La Prairie's Caviar Collection

Upon beginning your treatment, these details are explained to you. Get it straight, La Priaire, though appears luxurious, is concerned with your skin over the act of being pampered. But who are we kidding, no one really minds a little royal treatment every once in a while. Imagine—two pairs of hands placed on all four corners of your body with the sole purpose of providing you with tension release, comfort, warmth, and—of course, the end result of the clearest skin.

So there I was, in said position: face down, half naked, four hands and all, and totally unaware of just how “caviar” this treatment would be. Make no mistake, it definitely was just as heavenly as the beloved delicacy, but there was no “fishy” afterthought. After all, this is caviar skincare, not skincare with caviar. The pricey ingredient mixed with intense moisturizers and sea proteins lives you with a firming and luminescent effect.

This is how it all went down: First, there was a deep scrub, then I was painted with a warm hydralift mask, wrapped up, cleaned up in a steaming hot shower, and massaged to the point of happy delusion. Escorted back to the locker room in my always-too-large bathrobe by my masseuses, I smiled at the question “Can we do anything else for you Miss Borgognone?”

From the warm welcome, to the fluff of my pillow, to the friendly banter with my masseuses, all the way to the finale of a tall glass of fruit-infused water—my Ultimate Indulgence wasn’t just the massage—it was the entire experience, what else could I need?

Other reatments include: The Back to Front Facial, Caviar Luxury, Total Escape, as well as others. Please visit for prices and packages and also for more information on La Prairie’s skincare collections.

La Prairie is located at The Ritz-Carlton New York, 50 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019, 212.308.9100.

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