New York may be the city that never sleeps. But it certainly does soothe – and transform. Especially inside these top hotel spas. Our favorites:
Just Ageless, 11 Howard
A play on founder Jeannel Astarita’s initials, ‘Just Ageless’ is exactly how clients feel after only one session with the renowned ‘body whisperer’ and red-carpet facialist. We love the zen vibe – homage to Astarita’s former stint as an interior designer. But more so her loyal following – which includes model Elle Macpherson – who swear by her advanced body contouring treatments and cell-regenerating skincare regimen.
11 Howard St #416, New York
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
For the ultimate romantic view, check into this 36th-floor spa overlooking the soul of the city, Central Park. Everything about this high-rise oasis has a calm Asian veneer, with both regimens and décor hailing from Bali, Thailand, China and India. Bring someone special to share the VIP suite with side-by-side massage tables draped in silk, private steam/sauna, bath and fireplace.
80 Columbus Cir, New York
Guerlain Spa at The Plaza
Channel your inner French girl (or guy) at this classic Champs-Élysées-rooted spa, long synonymous with beauty. And opulence. For the ultimate Parisian immersion, book the Orchidée Impériale (black orchid) facial or signature Guerlain Methode massage. Relax afterward with champagne and macaroons. And quick make-up touch-ups at the nearby boutique.
1 W 58th St FL 4, New York
The Peninsula Spa
This Fifth-Avenue refuge is home to all of the Peninsula brand’s trademark creature comforts – a super-luxe relaxation room; thermal suites with steam rooms, saunas and aromatherapy showers; and an exotic tea lounge with calming Asian influences. Authentic Eastern-style healing rituals are one the menu too. One of our favs: the two-hour Thai massage by a therapist trained at Bangkok’s Wat Pho temple.
700 5th Ave, New York
Shibui Spa at The Greenwich Hotel
Owned by Robert De Niro and Ira Drukier, and a favorite haunt of A-list celebs, this Tribeca spa lives up to the hype. Its architecture – master craftsmen from Japan dismantled a 250-year-old barn and rebuilt it by hand – is unlike any other in the city. Treatments, too, are one-of-a-kind. And now, with the recent addition of Italian Pietro Simone Skincare (more on Pietro to come), we are even more excited about Shibui.
377 Greenwich St, New York