New York may be a city that never sleeps but sometimes all you need is some serious downtime. And what better way to do that than a visit to the best spa in town? Whether you’re looking for indulgent luxury or no frills relaxation, there are plenty of options in NYC from celebrity favorite Joanna Vargas to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at a new social wellness club.
The Upper East Side boutique spa is a little bit of magic that’s known for its bespoke treatments. The menu includes a wide range of facials (including anti-aging and hydration) as well as massages designed to target specific issues. You’ll find everything from a hot stone therapy and a lymphatic drainage massage to a deep tissue treatment that targets troublesome knots. The salon also offers a host of other services including waxing, manicures and pedicures as well as nail treatments.
This sprawling wonderland in Queens has earned near-legendary status in NYC for its quirky layout, which features themed saunas and Vichy showers. The space is packed with both modern and traditional spa experiences, and its fun atmosphere has attracted a cult following of frat boys and families alike. Day passes start at $150 and include a 25-, 50- or 75-minute massage as well as access to the entire facility including hydro jets, foot baths, steam baths, and more.
The spa on Governors Island brings the elegance of European wellness to a new waterfront location, with soothing relaxation spaces and an extensive menu of treatments that include holistic massages and remodeling facials. This spa is the first in North America from a luxury Italian wellness brand and is truly a destination. If you can’t make a full day out of it, try one of the spa’s Mini Escapes, which are available for those with only a 30-minute lunch break to spare.