New York City attracts millions of tourists from all around the globe thanks to its monumental sites and world-class establishments. The New York Times reveals that a record 65 million tourists visited last year, marking the ninth straight annual increase for the city. One thing you shouldn’t miss if you’re exploring the Big Apple is a chance to decompress in the best way possible. Aside from our previously featured Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria, NYC unsurprisingly has a number of luxurious spas that will leave every customer feeling relaxed and pampered. Read on to find which ones you should add to your itinerary:
Spa de La Mer
Being a skincare brand that built its name around luxury, it’s only fitting that the La Mer would open its spa in the lush Baccarat Hotel & Residences. Guests are welcomed into a spa with a whimsical aesthetic, with a black and white 50-foot pool as the centerpiece. The day beds are positioned along the length of the pool, where guests can enjoy La Mer products through soothing facial treatments. One particular treatment that the regulars enjoy is the special mask with La Mer Miracle Broth, which is exclusively used in the spa.
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental
The ideal place to unwind with a stunning view, the Mandarin Oriental’s spa is conveniently located on the 35th floor and decked with large windows that showcase NYC’s skyline. Yoreevo points out how the Big Apple had over 14,000 high-rise buildings between 2010 and 2015, which gives you an idea of what view to expect while getting your massage. It’s impossible not to relax with such a skyline in your line of sight as skilled therapists give you their signature Thai yoga massage.
Great Jones Spa
Famous among A-listers, Great Jones Spa houses a water lounge complete with a three-story waterfall. It’s popular for its oasis getaway feel, coupled with luxurious body scrubs, facials, and massages. The spa also has a jacuzzi and sauna, as well as a hair salon and juice bar for all its guests. After taking advantage of all its treatments, you can head on over to the Chakra-light steam room to fully release any residual stress and dramatically improve your mood.
Aire Ancient Baths
Stepping into the Aire Ancient Baths feels like going back in time with its classic Roman bathhouse look. Travel and Leisure details that the luxurious bathhouse was once a textile factory that was converted into the two-story landmark that is it today. Aire has several bath options with different temperatures, as well as a steam room. They are best known for the Red Wine Experience, which is exactly what it sounds like — a service where you get to bathe in wine followed by a soothing grapeseed oil massage.
Cornelia Spa at The Surrey
The Cornelia Spa is best for a quick getaway from the bustling city, thanks to its intimate and sophisticated ambiance designed with instant relaxation in mind. You can expect a personalized experience at this spa, as everything is tailor-fit to your needs. Treatments here can range from a mani-pedi to rose petal foot baths, all expertly done by skilled staff. You can opt for the whole day package which includes champagne and pearl scrubs, or purchase a short 30-minute massage then get back to your day.