The best spa in town does more than melt away stress—it pampers your body from head to toe. Some of the city’s most popular spots offer one-of-a-kind private treatment experiences inspired by ancient traditions, while others entice with gorgeous design and amenities like pools, saunas, and lounges. Some are tucked inside hotel rooms that make for a great girls’ day or date, and others are tucked into residential areas. And some—like the one on Governors Island, QCNY Spa—even have equestrian centers and expansive grounds that include pathways and heated pools with underwater massage hydro seats.
Here are the top picks for NYC’s most relaxing spas:
Located inside the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, Shibui Spa is all about balance: It’s built using natural materials (like wood from a 250-year-old Japanese farmhouse) and uses organic products whenever possible. The spa is filled with soothing scents and atmospheric lighting that makes it a relaxing escape, whether you’re there for the multipart Hinoki Ritual ($380) or something lighter, like a 90-minute shiatsu massage.
This cozy spot in a refurbished craftsman home feels intimate and comforting, and the treatments use Eminence Organics products with ingredients you can actually pronounce. They also add a spiritual element with Reiki and angel card readings for mind-body healing. “This is my go-to for relaxation in the city,” says a beauty editor. “I’ve had everything from the calming facial to the detoxifying foot scrub, and their massages are amazing.”