With work, family and social life spinning on all cylinders at once in one of the most buzzy cities in the world, it’s vital to take time out and recharge as often as possible. Luckily, the city is teeming with options that help you get zen and switch off, from the ultra-resorty QCNY Spa (located on Governors Island) to the serene spot in the iconic Peninsula Hotel or the super-chilled acupuncture specialist ORA.
There’s also the brand new Aire Ancient Baths that offers a whole day of relaxation in a grand bathhouse setting. The brand is known throughout the globe, and this opulent NYC spot translates its heritage and techniques into a truly memorable experience. The bathhouse is a thing to behold, with thermal pools inspired by Roman, Greek, and Ottoman traditions, plus a range of bespoke treatments, including an array of massages, facials and body treatments.
Another standout is the gorgeous SoHo spa tucked into a luxury boutique hotel. It’s a calming retreat, with a dark and ornate interior covered in maroon velvet and wood accents that feels shockingly plush. Try the heavenly-sounding ‘Shirodhara’ body massage, a traditional Ayurvedic ritual in which warm oil is slowly poured over your third eye to calm and soothe your mind and soul.
Or, head to the Upper East Side and luxuriate in the soothing environs of the Cornelia Spa. This boutique spot combines natural and organic products with extra warmth and care to create the perfect spa day. There’s a little bit of everything here, from a facial to a manicure, and each treatment is designed to soothe, heal and restore.