New York may be “The City That Never Sleeps,” but no one said it couldn't relax. From massages to the latest in laser and facial-enhancement treatments, the spas listed below have thought of every way to soothe and pamper guests. In Midtown, for example, Metamorphosis Day Spa offers treatments based on a variety of technologies (including stem cells from a rare Swiss apple), while The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York near Columbus Circle features amenities such as amethyst crystal steam rooms, vitality pools and therapeutic massages. Read on for more details about some of our favorite places to unwind.
The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, 100 E. 50th St., 19th fl., 212-872-7200, Midtown, Manhattan
The Guerlain Spa, in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York, is the destination for skincare and massage treatments in NYC, providing an unrivaled luxurious and personalized spa experience in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Located on the 19th floor of the Waldorf Towers, the spa presents a serene, French-inspired oasis complete with a rose-adorned lounge area and spacious, in-suite treatment suites (no lockers!). For post-treatment pampering, guests can enjoy complimentary makeup refresh, shoe shine and suit steaming with every visit.
Massage Envy Spa
525 W. 42nd St., 212-473-3689, Midtown West, Manhattan
The folks at Massage Envy Spa—Midtown West are committed to a stress-free experience every time, based on a friendly staff, professional massage therapists and estheticians and a calm, inviting environment. Walk-ins are welcome at their facility in walking distance from Times Square, which is Midtown West's main provider of professional, affordable and convenient massage and facial services. Gift cards and Murad skin care products are also available for sale.
The Peninsula Spa
700 Fifth Ave., 212-903-3910, Midtown West, Manhattan
The Forbes five-starrated Peninsula Spa is a 35,000-square-foot rooftop oasis providing a retreat from the demands of the City. Spa treatments feature products from the French luxury skin-care line Biologique Recherche, while a menu of signature offerings blend Asian, European and ayurvedic healing modalities designed to foster well-being and peace of mind. Guests enjoy advanced therapies, inventive spa cuisine, a cutting-edge fitness center, a glass-enclosed pool and a sun terrace with panoramic City views overlooking Fifth Avenue.
Remède Spa at The St. Regis New York
2 E. 55th St., 212-339-6715, Midtown East, Manhattan
Remède Spa at The St. Regis New York, located in the lower lobby level of the hotel, creates an exceptional experience for each guest. From complimentary champagne and a relaxing environment to luxurious throws and customized treatments, the spa ensures that guests escape to a sanctuary of indulgence and relaxation. The staff is dedicated to making each visit spectacular.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa
2 West St., 14th fl., 212-344-0800, Battery Park, Manhattan
Enjoy being pampered in a tranquil and intimate setting at one of the premier New York City spas. Featuring massages and facials from the distinctive Carita Paris skin-care line, as well as personal service from a staff of professional therapists, The Ritz-Carlton Spa allows you to immerse in a quiet refuge away from pressures and distractions. Guests at this downtown New York spa will enjoy Carita products and high-touch techniques designed to soothe the body, revitalize the skin and rejuvenate the soul. The spa provides a wide array of massage, nail-care and waxing treatments, as well as two-and-a-half- to four-and-a-half-hour specialized “retreat” packages, tailored specifically for brides-to-be, men and anyone who longs for the restorative effects of an in-depth treatment.
Sense, a Rosewood Spa at the Carlyle
35 E. 76th St., 212-744-1600, Upper East Side, Manhattan
This intimate, five-room refuge shares the Carlyle Hotel’s art deco aesthetic—and offers an immersive calm far beyond the conventional spa experience. One room features a Kohler DTV shower, which imaginatively combines water, light, sound and steam to create a moment as cinematic as it is cleansing. Sense’s trademark offering is the Sense Spa Journey, a soothing, three-hour session that more than lives up to its ambitious name: scrubbing, exfoliating, facial-ing and massaging participants into refreshed bliss.
Spa Castle Premier 57
Spa Castle’s Premier 57 is not your typical day spa; think of it as Manhattan’s East-meets-West, country club-style spa. Culturally infused with traditional and modern offerings, Premier 57 focuses on providing a worldly wellness experience, with luxury spa treatments as one of the many additional enhancements available. Soak in the traditional Japanese baths, relax in German-style hydrotherapy pools and make a stop at the Korean beauty spa. Premier 57 offers all of Spa Castle's beloved heat and water therapy facilities in an intimate and tranquil setting.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Circle, 35th fl., 212-805-8800, Upper West Side, Manhattan
The award-winning Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York, is a sanctuary offering a holistic journey of the senses, and the custom-designed treatments here are tailored to guests' individual needs. The spa's wide range of services has been carefully designed to nurture a perfect harmony of mind, body and spirit. Spanning 14,500 square feet, the facilities here include seven multifunctional rooms with personal showers, separate men's and women's vitality pools, amethyst crystal steam rooms, experience showers and relaxation lounges as well as a private VIP Spa Suite with its own vitality pool, steam room and fireplace. The spa's menu of relaxing and revitalizing treatments include therapeutic and Thai massages, acupressure, ayurvedic treatments, facials and more.
The Spa at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York
1 Central Park West, 212-299-1000, Upper West Side, Manhattan
The Trump Spa, for guests of Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, is a serene sanctuary featuring luxurious spa treatment rooms where you can indulge in a relaxing massage, facial, warm herbal wrap or body glow scrub. The sauna and steam rooms further help you relax and ease the tension of the day. The state-of-the-art health club offers free weights, circuit training, cardiovascular equipment and personal trainers on request. The spa can also provide a fitness evaluation and nutritional counseling. For aquatic training, the 55-foot indoor Salt Pure lap pool—featuring a system that reduces the amount of chlorine necessary to purify the water—is a refreshing way to release the tension of the day.
37 E. 64th St., 2nd fl., 212-606-4675, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Spa Valmont, located in the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, has four Asian-themed private treatment suites that are sumptuously designed with natural elements; the rooms offer the comfort and splendor for which the hotel has become known. To ensure privacy and luxury, each suite contains a dressing room, lounge chair and a private steam shower. The spa, part of an exclusive club approved by Valmont—there will be only 35 throughout the world—exclusively carries the company's skin care lines. The therapies and treatments here maintain high standards of excellence while delivering an experience of relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa's product line is rounded out by Edward Bess cosmetics, which makes a variety of natural makeup items.