New York City might be known for its crowded streets and postcard-worthy places to shop for overpriced souvenirs, but there are some truly fantastic spas that make this metropolis a spa junkie’s dream. These range from rooftop havens with breath-taking city views to zen palaces armed with waterfalls and fuzzy rugs that hug your feet. They also offer the opportunity to relax and recharge with services from a wide array of massage techniques, as well as nail and skin treatments and a host of other spa-y offerings.
Some of these spas specialize in certain treatments like acupuncture or facials and have specific amenities to complement their specialties. For example, Equinox Spa focuses on pampering and rejuvenation with a clean-lined aesthetic that makes you feel at home. This upscale gym-spa is open to non-members too and offers services that are developed with athletes in mind, like massages, body wraps and HydraFacials.
Other spas, such as Aire in TriBeCa, focus on healing the mind and body through their water therapy offerings. They’re famous for their “Ancient Thermal Baths,” which are inspired by bathing traditions of ancient Greece, Rome and the Ottomans. Guests can bop around the hot and cold tubs at their leisure ($120 for 60 minutes).
Some of these spas even offer facilities that encourage lingering like saunas, steam rooms and relaxation lounges. The QC NY spa on Governors Island is a great example of this; it’s open to hotel guests and the public all year and features impeccable views of Manhattan. They also have a wellness retreat that includes a hammam, hot tub and Vichy showers.