From a sprawling spa on a resort’s property to a tiny gem in the heart of town, these spots are the best in the business. Whether it’s a hot stone massage or a resurfacing facial, these spas are worth the trip from home or the office.
The most opulent experience on this list, Aire Ancient Baths’ New York outpost takes the spa to the next level. This palatial space is set in a historic bathhouse with a dazzling array of thermal baths (inspired by Roman, Greek, and Ottoman traditions). Bop around all of them for $120 per visit or indulge in a full menu of massages and body treatments.
One of the best-kept secrets in New York City, this downtown spot is a blow-dry bar, facial studio, and massage parlor all in one. You could easily spend all day here getting services and splurging on a full menu of reasonably priced facials, manicures, pedicures, and massages ($130 for a 60-minute Swedish) from some of the most highly qualified therapists in town.
In the heart of Austin, this co-founded spa by three female friends offers customizable facials and massages tailored to your needs. If back acne is a problem, book the ‘Backne Rescue Facial and Microderm’ treatment to target those stubborn spots. Or, if you’re coming here with a group of friends, go for the ‘Massaggio a Quattro Mani’ to double up on hands massaging you at once.
The QC NY on Governor’s Island is a dreamy escape that’s been open since March. This 25,000sqft spa is perhaps the most expansive in the city, offering four traditional baths, eight sauna rooms, two relaxation lounges, and a variety of treatment options like facials, massages, acupuncture, and more. Those looking for an extra dose of indulgence can try the Razul Signature Room, which includes a Starry Sky Mud Bath and a flotation ritual.