The hectic hustle and bustle of life in a big city can sometimes be a little overwhelming. There are times when the sheer stress can come close to bubbling over. On these occasions, there is little more restoring than a revitalising timeout being pampered in a world-class spa. We take a closer look at five of the best rejuvenating spas in New York.
Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria
Classic art-deco splendor has come to characterise the regal beauty of the Waldorf Astoria, which has occupied an entire block in Midtown district for more than a century. The Guerlain Spa stretches across the entire nineteenth floor, with guests welcomed at the reception with a pair of slippers and a choice of seven scents with which to personalise their spa room.
There are sixteen private treatment rooms at the spa and thirteen of those have their own shower and bathroom. All treatments use Guerlain products, which are typically rich in restorative properties and delightfully scented.
These therapies include the Intensive Body Therapy, a two-hour wrap-and-scrub combo, and the Exceptional Orchidée Impériale facial, a two-hour treatment that includes orchid root based serums and complimentary extras such as waxing and paraffin dips.
Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, The Plaza
The Caudalie spa at The Plaza brings European flair to New York, with signature Caudalie styles – noble woods, dark stone, sleek designs, exclusive treatments, inner calm, and luxurious sensual pleasure. The treatments use vinotherapy – that is, therapy with wine-based ingredients to you and me – to cleanse, purify and beautify.
This technique has emerged from research showing that grape seeds contain extraordinary powerful antioxidants and are perfect for providing protection against free radicals – the main cause of skin aging.
The spa adds a French touch to the luxurious Plaza Hotel, a magnificent and timeless building located a mere few steps away from Central Park.
Cornelia Spa at The Surrey
Hidden away in a quiet corner of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Cornelia Spa at The Surrey has created the perfect environment in which to escape the stresses of city life. The service aspires to uncompromising excellence and achieves this in every respect, providing you with one of the most luxurious spa experiences in the New York.
As privacy and tranquility are the keywords at the Cornelia Spa, you are invited to enjoy one of five well-appointed private rooms for the duration of your stay. Here you can indulge in some truly inspired spa rituals, with the aromas of citrus, sandalwood and musk delicately infused in the air. The resultant environment is the very definition of urban serenity.
Langham Place Spa at Fifth Avenue
One of Manhattan’s most sophisticated sanctuaries, Langham Place Spa comprises 11 private treatment rooms, including several designed for couples. Using contemporary, earthy finishes to create a tranquil mood, the stylish ambiance is enhanced by the black oak and limestone floors, and stone vanities.
Langham Place Spa’s unique menu includes a variety of stress-releasing treatments to leave guests feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Focused on using natural and organic products, Langham Place Spa is the destination of choice for those with an most intimate knowledge of New York’s most luxurious pampering.
Prior to their treatment, guests are invited to experience the exceptional Aqua Lounge. Featuring hydrotherapy experiential showers, a soothing vitality pool as well as a fully-equipped steam room and sauna, the Aqua Lounge effectively invigorates the body, mind and spirit through the natural power of water.
L.Raphael at the Four Seasons
L.Raphael is a Swiss company dedicated to the science of beauty. They see this science as a journey that involves commitment to a holistic, well-rounded lifestyle. As such, they were a perfect fit to take on the luxury spa in Four Seasons’ New York outpost.
The ultra-premium treatments at the spa blend technologically advanced methods with a holistic approach. Each therapy is uniquely developed to refresh body and soul with cutting-edge techniques. Take the Oxy-Peel facial, for example. It blasts skin with a concentrated stream of oxygen and L. Raphael’s patented LEC 40 complex.
This includes a range of ingredients – lecithin, vitamin A, vitamin E, and omega three fatty acids – that permeate the skin to take the oxygen facial to an entirely new level.