five spa treatments
by Parker Ray, 11/03/2008
Hammam Body Therapy
Sense Spa at The Carlyle
Take a 90-minute corporeal excursion to Casablanca with this hammam-bathhouse-inspired body treatment. Close your eyes and you’ll feel like you’re floating through a Moroccan street market, with a tea-and-mineral cleansing followed by a thorough coffee, olive-stone and fresh lemon scrub. The journey continues with a rhassoul clay wrap to extract all of the impurities (and stress) that comes with City living and ends with a gentle massage. Passport and plane ticket to North Africa not required.
Thai Yoga Massage
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Wherever you fall along the yoga-appreciation spectrum, this meditative massage at the Mandarin Oriental was created to appeal to anybody in search of tension relief. Even if you don’t know yoga, you’ll be assisted—within your comfort zone—with a repertoire of movements and stretching (the personalized oil treatments make it seem even more about you).
“Homme” Improvement™ Facial with Custom Build-ons
Bliss 49 at W Hotel New York
Bliss knows facials. From the red-carpet-famous Triple Oxygen Treatment to the deep-cleaning Steep Clean, you’d have to have a mug that rivals the Wicked Witch of the West’s not to come away feeling cleansed and rejuvenated. For men, however, you’ll want to try a facial à la carte, starting with the “Homme” Improvement—triple oxygen facial, hot towels, scrubs, a mask to combat ingrown hairs—combined with some build-ons like the Thinny Thin Chin Treatment and Hyper Hydrating Task Mask (because many men tend to have overly dry skin).
The Remède Customized Massage
Remède Spa at The St. Regis Hotel
Kick off your visit here by enjoying a glass of champagne and Jacques Torres truffles, which will help you relax before your customized massage. Sure, most massages can be modified to suit your particular comfort and needs, but few spas borrow from such a wide variety of methods, including Swedish, deep tissue, Shiatsu and parafango. The result leaves you satiated, relaxed and prepped (at least physically) to take on that looming work presentation.
Trump Tension Tamer
The Trump Spa at Trump International Hotel & Tower
Because you didn’t move to New York to slack off or decide to visit because you wanted to lay on a beach and drink mojitos doesn’t mean you can’t find some quiet time and stress relief. And while the Donald’s not known for his laid-back demeanor, his Trump Tension Tamer shows he has a calmer side. The Jet Setter Rx portion of the two-hour treatment targets you head, neck and shoulders, and the Peppermint Foot Treatment includes hot-towel wraps, vigorous scrubbing and a welcome reflexology massage.