Feeling stressed? New York’s hotels have created innovative and indulgent treatments that are the perfect antidote to our incredibly challenging times. Both travelers and locals can enjoy an afternoon away from it all as they slip into a plush bathrobe, stroll into the relaxation room and choose from an array of terrific spa experiences. Below are some of my favorites.
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental
Located on the 35th floor with sprawling views of Central Park, the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental will graciously host you with an unprecedented level of luxury. All of the treatment rooms are exquisitely decorated with peaceful touches, but for the ultimate experience, ask for the VIP Spa Suite that has its own private steam shower, jacuzzi, day bed and fireplace. The spa menu is extensive and has multiple treatments ranging from a Jet Lag Cure to a Restorative Detox Wrap. If you can’t decide, why not ask for the spa’s signature treatment, the Time Ritual. During almost two hours of customized options, you can enjoy multiple treatments including a foot treatment, a decadent body scrub, a personalized massage, a mini facial and a scalp massage that is called “bliss.”
The Salon at the Mark Hotel
If you need some serious pampering, consider booking a suite at The Mark. Your accommodations will be glorious and will come with an added perk. The hotel is home to the FEKKAI salon, where you can enjoy a host of top-notch beauty services. But for the ultimate in pampering, The Mark has just introduced a new program where guests staying in one of the hotel’s suites can book an in-suite haircut, blow dry and styling session with world renowned stylist Frédéric Fekkai. This is your chance to get your hair styled from one of the best in one of the loveliest hotel suites in town.
The Peninsula Spa
The Forbes Five Star-rated Peninsula Spa is an intimate, indulgent environment featuring innovative spa treatments, magnificent facilities and the most gracious, expert service. Leave the world behind and try one of the popular facials by the French luxury skincare line Biologique Recherche or opt for the ultimate in relaxation with the signature Deep Tissue Experience. The Spa features a stunning collection of 10 treatment rooms including a spacious Private Spa Suite, men’s and women’s private relaxation lounges, an Asian tea lounge, and changing rooms with luxurious heat experiences.
La Prairie Spa at The Ritz Carlton
Combining the beloved hospitality of The Ritz Carlton and the uniquely decadent products of La Prairie, this is the spa to go to if you seek the ultimate in relaxation done right. La Prairie’s unique facials, therapeutic massages and terrific service create the perfect spa cocoon. If you don’t have all the time in the world, but want to feel like you do, try The Timeless Beauty ritual. During this 90 minute treatment, you will have two therapists work simultaneously to combine a 90 minute Custom Massage with an age defying 60 minute Caviar Firming Facial that hydrates, lifts, and firms. Another favorite is the Pure Gold Radiance facial, an anti-aging facial that uses la Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold serum to revitalize and help perfect the skin.
Guerlain Spa at The Plaza
Situated in the iconic Plaza Hotel, the Guerlain Spa offers numerous offerings that are meant to respond to a visitor’s need for luxury, efficacy and well-being. In addition to classic treatments, the Guerlain Spa takes advantage of namesake skincare and fragrance products to create treatments that focus on enhancing both health and beauty and that smell amazing. One of their signature treatments is the Cocoon Impériale. This 3 ½ hour experience includes aan indulgent body polish, an Impériale Relaxing Massage and an Orchidée Impériale Prestige Facial that is designed to lessen the signs of aging and leave you with a much needed glow. Other favorites include a package to enhance energy levels and one for moms-to-be.