We New Yorkers are known for our cutthroat ways when it comes to the city, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to let go of a little stress (and sometimes a lot). There is one thing that soothes all our skepticism and tension: a good massage. Luckily, the Big Apple has plenty of spas primed to knead out your knots and make you feel like you’re in a whole other world.
Upstairs at SpaTerre you’ll find trio of mani/pedi thrones, an ocean-inspired theme and a unique Crystal Quartz table that feels like your skin is being massaged with a layer of warm sand during a session. Their signature therapies lean exotic: think the Thai Herbal Therapy that includes an herbal poultice and massage or the Javanese Royal Treatment, a redolent ritual for Indonesian brides that combines a heavenly body wrap with jasmine-frangipani oil, a turmeric spice scrub and a rose petal bath.
At the Queens location of this popular Japanese-American chain, you’ll get access to multiple saunas including a fall in Central Park and a skyline-themed room plus eight steam rooms, relaxation lounges and foot baths. You can add on a variety of treatments like an Oxygen Awakening facial and the Shibui Ritual that focuses on balance between your mind, body and spirit.
While the price tag on this luxe European-styled spa may seem hefty—like a year’s worth of MetroCards—it offers the five star service, excellent therapists and thoughtful treatments that will restore your balance. From a lymphatic drainage facial to cold therapy massages, this spa is a must for the serious self-care devotee.