The best spas in the world evoke a sense of utter tranquility and are often surrounded by awe-inspiring settings, but a weekend getaway isn’t always in your budget. That’s why we turned to our readers for their picks of the most relaxing spots for a day trip (or, in some cases, an overnight stay).
Located inside Tribeca’s Hotel Barriere Fouquet, this spa is beloved by locals and guests alike for its soothing treatments and hydrotherapy pool—and for a very particular set of amenities, too: Unlike many hotel-affiliated spas that offer products from only one brand, the team at Flora’s Cottage curates a collection of all-organic skincare brands with strict approval standards. In addition to a full range of facials and massages, they offer unique services like gua sha face yoga and organic sunless tan.
With a nod to its name, Shibui Spa’s philosophy is all about balance. Whether you book the ‘Oxygen Awakening’ (which includes a facial with an oxygen-boosting peel and massage), a body work session or the ‘Onsen Ritual,’ which gives you access to their traditional Japanese soaking tub, you can expect a serene experience from this Greenwich spa.
With ten locations across the Italian Alps, QC Terme brings its bathing tradition stateside with this new Governor’s Island location that has stunning views of Manhattan. The space is part gym and part luxury spa, complete with saunas, steam rooms and relaxation lounges —plus plenty of pools, including a multilevel pool with underwater massaging hydro seats. It’s a communal experience with groups of friends and couples sharing a leisurely afternoon “taking the waters.”