In the city that never sleeps, the hustle and bustle can get pretty exhausting. Luckily, New York has no shortage of zen havens that offer respite from the hectic pace and allow you to slip into an otherworldly state.
These sanctuaries, from the opulent Mandarin Oriental to the intimate Greenwich spa, each serve up a host of treatments inspired by ancient traditions and custom-tailored to your needs. A few of our favourites include the hip-pain-alleviating deep-tissue massage at the Well, the one-of-a-kind private spa suites at the Cornelia and acupuncture at ORA, where expert practitioners will use their light touch to relieve all manner of symptoms.
Rescue Spa, the flagship location for skincare guru Ling Chan, creates a cozy retreat with a full range of body and beauty services, including massages, facials, laser hair removal and manicures/pedicures. But it’s their array of specialty treatments that truly set this spot apart. A must-book is the Forever Young Skin Rejuvenating Treatment, an anti-aging ritual that leaves your skin smooth and glowing.
The dark, ornate Pratima is a soothing escape from the buzz of SoHo in an ancient and plush environment with maroon velvet and wooden accents. The calming atmosphere and deeply intuitive Ayurvedic specialist, Pratima, are reason enough to visit for the soothing shirodhara body massage—an oh-so-relaxing experience that involves a nurturing front-of-body massage with warm herbal oil poured over your third eye to help quiet your mind and lull you into blissful relaxation.