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Zen in the City: Spotlight on Hotel Spas

Need a place to unwind? Those top properties have spas that guarantee relaxation and luxury

New York is many things – exciting, inspiring, fast-paced, creative. But one word that might not immediately spring to mind is relaxing.

Few people come to New York specifically just to chill out, but after a long day of sightseeing and pounding the pavement, nothing feels better than some spa-side pampering. And the city has a renewed focus on amenities that do just that. “In New York, we have some of the most luxurious hotels in the world,” says Kelsey Blodget, editor director of “And if you’re a luxury hotel, spas have become a very important part of the package.”

The following hotel spas are not only beautiful in design, but are consistently reinventing treatments and packages. “In New York, we’re at the forefront of trends, and different spa sensory experiences have become popular,” Blodget says. “Scents are really big in New York now, as are experience showers and wine-based therapies.” Find everything from ancient massage techniques to cutting-edge treatments at the following hotel spas.


Auriga Spa at the Setai Fifth Avenue

Auriga Spa at the Setai Fifth Avenue

Auriga Spa at the Setai Fifth Avenue, 400 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

The Auriga Spa is located on the fourth floor of the elegant Setai hotel on Fifth Avenue. Plush white couches, flickering candles and a combination of black oak and limestone flooring create a calm and contemporary atmosphere. There are a total of 11 treatment rooms and a hammam (a Turkish bath) that showcases intricate tile work. One unique feature of the Auriga Spa is the ability for guests to mix and match 15-minute treatments for an individualized package. These “New York Minute” treatments include a mini massage, facial tension eliminator and reflex foot treatment.


Sense Spa at the Carlyle, 35 E. 76th Street, New York, NY 10021

The Carlyle made its debut on the Upper East Side in 1930. One highlight of this landmark property is the Sense Spa, inspired by 1940s Hollywood. Descend the barrel-vaulted, mosaic tiled stairway to the spa with four treatment rooms, including a state-of-the-art digital showering system with customizable water, steam, sound and light systems. Velvet sofas and ottomans are a decadent touch in this spa, offering treatments rooted in Japanese rituals. Try the Sense Spa Journey, a three-hour series that includes a sea algae wash, an exfoliating ginger-grass scrub, a Shiatsu massage and a customized facial.


Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria

Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

The Waldorf Astoria occupies an entire city block in Midtown. This historic Art Deco hotel is home to the Guerlain Spa, located on the hotel’s 19th floor. Sheer flowing curtains, hanging crystal installations and a pristine white color palette give the space an especially luxurious feel. One unique treatment is the four-hand Imperiale Relaxing Massage, designed to stimulate circulation and maximize time spent on the massage table. Massages can be combined with facials, a body polish, hydrotherapy or reflexology for an individualized spa experience.


Remède Spa at St. Regis New York, 2 E. 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Tucked beneath street level in the landmark St. Regis hotel is the Remède Spa. Guests descend red-carpeted stairs from the lobby level to an intimate space with just four treatment rooms. Girlfriends planning a spa getaway can book the entire space for a private spa day and sip on champagne between treatments. Packages are customized according to your needs and include tailored options such as the jet-lag massage designed to refresh and energize the mind. This massage focuses specifically on areas that are affected by sitting in one position, including the neck, back and hips. Holistic services
such as reflexology, Reiki, Ayurvedic massage and Pranic healing are also available.

Spa at the Trump International Hotel & Tower

Spa at the Trump International Hotel & Tower


Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, One Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

The 52-story Trump International Hotel & Tower is located on the southwest corner of Central Park, with sweeping views over the treetops. The Trump Spa is known for its 55-foot heated indoor pool. Polished Italian marble, hand-painted cherry blossoms and Jerusalem stone walls are notable features in the space designed by Ivanka Trump. Treatments take inspiration from around the globe, including the Ultimate Moroccan Ritual that includes cleansing, exfoliation and massage with hot stones.


Other hotel spas definitely worth their salt(s):

ESPA at The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave. at 55th St., New York, NY 10019

Shibui at The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich St., New York, NY 1001

Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Ave. at Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th St., New York, NY 10023


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