New York may be “The City That Never Sleeps,” but no one said its residents and visitors—the busy moms, especially—couldn't relax. For Mother's Day, give the most important lady in your life a token of your appreciation with a service or two from one of these New York City spas and salons. From massages to the latest in laser and facial-enhancement treatments, the venues listed below have thought of every way to soothe and pamper guests. Read on for more details about some of our favorite places to unwind. (Your mom will thank you for doing so.)
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa
691 Fifth Ave., 212-546-0200
For the mother who won't settle for anything less than the best, four floors of bliss—including, for example, manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup, massages, hairstyling and brow shaping—await at this storied Fifth Avenue day spa. Open since 1910, the spot has a proud tradition of service and sophistication, but also makes sure to stay on the cutting edge. Amenities include facial cosmetic treatments with Botox, Restylane and Juvéderm.
Graceful Services, Inc.
1095 Second Ave., 2nd fl., 212-593-9904
This no-frills eastside spa, open seven days a week, offers a wide variety of services. However, it's really made a name for itself as a wonderful place to get a rubdown, including a four-hand session (two therapists) and a thumb and neck massage perfect for office workers who spend their days hunched over computers. Also on offer: house calls and couple's massages. The mom in your life will just melt (from your generosity and the rub).
Metamorphosis Day Spa
127 E. 56th St., 5th fl., 212-751-6051
This Midtown day spa offers the latest in spa service trends favored by women—using everything from laser technology to oxygen infusion to plant stem cells from a rare Swiss apple. Get an individual treatment or indulge in multiple services with a spa package. Want to join Mom for her day of relaxation? Purchase the Mother/Daughter Package, which includes a European facial, an eye treatment, a scalp massage and a 50-minute Swedish massage.
Oasis Day Spa
1 Park Ave., 212-254-7722
Husband-and-wife duo Bruce and Marti Schoenberg founded Oasis Day Spa in 1998. Named among New York's best by Vogue, Allure and New York, this facility offers massages, facials, scrubs, waxing and a variety of spa packages, as well as wellness programs and options for large parties. Oasis Day Spa has two Manhattan locations; a Carmine Fischetti hair salon is also at the 1 Park Avenue post (perfect for giving Mom a look as good as the spa treatments make her feel).
Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle
35 E. 76th St., 212-744-1600
This intimate, six-room refuge shares The Carlyle hotel's Art Deco aesthetic—and provides an immersive calm far beyond the conventional spa experience. One room features a Kohler DTV shower, which combines water, light, sound and steam to create a moment as cinematic as it is cleansing. (Your mother will never want to leave!) Sense's trademark offering is the Sense Spa Journey, a soothing, three-hour session that exceeds its ambitious name: scrubbing, exfoliating, massaging and facial-ing participants into refreshed bliss.
315 W. 57th St., 212-245-8235
YeloSpa helps urbanites escape the pressures of modern life through a menu of spa and wellness treatments. Upon arriving, guests are surrounded by a peaceful color scheme inspired by the garments of Tibetan monks. They're invited to sip artisanal tea, refresh with a scented hot towel and enter a cocoon-like treatment room called the “YeloCab.” Service options are boundless, from reflexology to nap sessions in a zero-gravity “YeloChair” (we all know Mom could stand to catch a few more z's) to Swedish massage to a “Mini Glow Facial.”