A visit to a world-class spa offers so much more than a facial, manicure or massage. These sanctuaries offer full-body experiences that blend ancient rituals, cutting-edge technology and a whole lot of relaxation to give you the break you need from your hectic life. While many top-rated spas are attached to resorts, some also serve as day spas offering the same treatments without the perks of an overnight stay. Our guide to the best domestic spas and treatment centers keeps both types in mind, so you can decide what’s right for you.
Cornelia Spa at The Surrey
This Upper East Side boutique spa is a tranquil oasis of soothing white furniture and calming treatments that go beyond your standard mani-pedi. The staff here is passionate about their work and the products they use, a combination that makes for the ideal spa day.
Lily Galef, co-founder of wellness brand Hilma, loves that the salon’s treatments are highly personalized. “I love that the therapists are all so knowledgeable about skin care and take the time to find out what’s really going on with your body,” she says.
Aire Ancient Baths
This spa, set in a stunning historic bathhouse, is one of the most luxurious and unique in NYC. The opulent space offers a lengthy list of treatments but the most noteworthy are the baths, inspired by Roman, Greek and Ottoman traditions. Bop around the different temperature-controlled tubs at your leisure or book a massage for extra indulgence.