Sure, MoMa and the Empire State Building are cool and all, but if we’re being honest, one of the first things on most New Yorkers’ to-do lists is a fancy spa day. And it’s no wonder: there are so many amazing options in this pulsing city.
While some of our top picks have a resort-like feel (think secluded rooms overlooking the water), others are more intimate and perfect for a spa date. For example, in the residential Gowanus area you can visit a hidden gem called City Well. This spot offers services like massages and body treatments, but the real treat is their backyard spa with hot and cold elements like a rain shower, soaking tub and sauna. You can also book a hydrotherapy session for 90-120 minutes.
Another unique option is Shibui Spa. Located in Tribeca, this luxury spa aims to balance the skin and mind. They use natural ingredients and are built using sustainable resources. This Forbes 5-star rated wellness center offers an array of treatments ranging from different techniques from around the world.
If you’re looking for a relaxing massage with the most beautiful view in town, Banyan Tree is your place. Their therapists are trained in the latest therapeutic practices and their treatments blend ancient Asian principles with Western techniques. They have specialties in prenatal massage for expectant mothers, stone massages and more. Plus, the spa has an extensive list of amenities including a relaxation lounge, tea lounge and steam rooms infused with aromatherapy, saunas and even an ice room.