Despite its reputation as a city that never sleeps, New York does know how to chill out from time to time. We’re lucky to have a ton of high-quality spas that offer havens amongst the bustle for some serious rest and relaxation.
The newest and most luxurious of these spas is the stunningly plush Pratima in SoHo, which offers a dark and ornately plush interior that feels utterly otherworldly (though in the best way possible). This calming sanctuary boasts several types of massage therapy and body treatments, but it’s the unique Ayurvedic ritual we crave most: After a nurturing front-body massage, warm herbal oil is slowly drizzled over your third eye to deeply lull your senses and tame a hectic mind.
Another must-visit is the hidden gem Spa Castle in Queens, which provides a retreat from busy urban living with its sleek design and multiple saunas that range from color therapy to cold stimulation. It’s one of the largest spas in NYC, and there are also heated pools, Vichy showers, baths, and relaxing lounges to enjoy, plus additional treatments like massages.
Located just across from the library on busy 7th Avenue, this cozy spot is a secret that should be shared. Designed by celebrity facialist and eponymous skincare brand founder Joanna Vargas, this hidden gem features a menu of rejuvenating facial and body treatments for every need. Keep it classic with a purifying facial, deep massage or scalp treatment, or push the boundaries with hi-tech picks like the Emsculpt (a full-body sculpting treatment) or a ‘Power Nap’ session that uses LED light to recharge your energy levels.