Let’s face it: living in New York City requires serious energy, and with that comes relaxation as a requisite. Check out these top city escapes, curated by our very own TOWN West Village Attaché, Kelly Harrison.
1. AIRE ANCIENT BATHS
A revival of ancient Greek and Roman bath tradition, Aire Ancient Baths offers a truly unique experience in soothing body and mind. Mastering the ancient tradition of water with temperature contrasts for the ultimate relaxation and unsurpassed serenity, the 16,000 square foot bath house includes an ice pool, a jet pool, a salt pool and a hot pool, along with steam rooms and an endless supply of calming tea throughout. Bathe by candlelight in this seductive space with a significant other or a group of friends for an unrivaled spa experience, and don’t miss out on the ultra-relaxing massages and treatments.
2. THE PENINSULA SPA
Retreat from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan and experience the serenity of the Forbes five star-rated Peninsula Spa, perched atop the 21st floor of the Peninsula Hotel. The acclaimed spa features an opulent collection of 10 treatment rooms, including a private spa suite, men’s and women’s relaxation rooms, and an Asian tea lounge. In need of some summer sun? Make a day of it and relax on the sun deck with incredible panoramic views of the city. Don’t mind if we do.
3. SPA NALAI AT THE PARK HYATT HOTEL
Find “nalai,” or “serenity,” at Spa Nalai, a soothing oasis located on the 25th floor of the Park Hyatt. The spa’s signature treatment is offered through Spa Nalai’s state-of-the-art sand quartz bed, the first of its kind in New York City. Pampering guests with luxury linens atop heated quartz and sand, Spa Nalai’s signature treatment is founded on the ancient tradition of earthing, the practice of employing the Earth’s energy by grounding the body to natural surfaces. Enjoy a completely customized spa experience in this sun-drenched sanctuary.
4. THE SPA AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL
Guests of this iconic spa enjoy quite the heightened experience. With the city skyline as its backdrop, the spa’s chic décor blends Eastern influences with contemporary New York touches. Enjoy the Oriental tea lounge, plunge pools and a soothing foot ritual prior to treatment, then migrate to the relaxation room post-treatment for unobstructed city views from Central Park to the Hudson.
5. GREAT JONES SPA
With its stunning three-story indoor waterfall and sleek, subterranean wet lounge, guests take the plunge into the lengthy treatment menu at Great Jones Spa. Since its opening in 2004, the feng-shui spa destination has since added an organic juice bar and has amplified treatments by using the cult organic product line, Alkaitis. As indicated in their mission statement, the spa’s “passion is to inspire health and happiness through wholeness and balance.” A haven for comfort and an inspiration for wellness from the inside-out, Great Jones Spa is…well, great.