NYC’s cutthroat attitude is great for yelling at tourists and forcing people to give you your subway seat, but all that stress and rage can bubble over when someone bumps into you in the elevator or cuts in line ahead of you at a store. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent spas primed to lead you into a state of zen with facials and massages that can soothe any knot or stressor.
One of the best is King Spa, located outside the city on the edge of the suburbs. The spa is the largest Asian spa in the US and boasts a ‘detox circuit’ that starts with a waterfall and hot and cold pools before moving through nine sauna rooms, each designed to relax and invigorate. From a fall in Central Park sauna to a skyline sauna to a saline mud room, each is a unique experience all on their own and designed to help detoxify and cleanse your skin.
If you’re looking for a less traditional spa experience check out The Ned, which is housed inside London’s famed and oh-so-cool members’ club. Its spa echoes that same level of cool with fridges stocked with cold brew oat milk lattes, whale music playing in the background and bright crushed velvet sofas popping against hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. There’s also an impressive selection of treatments ranging from the classic (a deep tissue massage) to more high-tech offerings like their ‘Emsculpt’ body contouring treatment and ‘Power Nap’ full-body LED session.