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NYC’s 6 Best Spas

December 26, 2013 7:00 AM

Need a little R&R after a hectic holiday season? New York is exciting, but sometimes life in the Big Apple shifts into overdrive and becomes stressful. That’s a sign to sit, back, relax and pamper yourself and your loved ones with a massage or spa treatment. Here are the best places to renew, refresh and rejuvenate. By Sherry Mazzocchi.
Foursquare Favorite: Aire Ancient Baths
88 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-3777
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According to Foursquare data, this is the best spa in Manhattan. Established as an homage to the ancient baths of Rome, Aire Ancient Baths offers a variety of treatments, from a basic thermal bath and massage to the luxurious “Red Wine Ritual,” that includes a dip in a temperature-controlled bath tempranillo grape concentrate, followed up by an exfoliating massage. For more locations like this one check out this list of the best spas in New York City.

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Jeunesse Spa

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131 W. 22nd St. NYC 10011
(212) 245-4606

Jeunesse Spa is an oasis in the Flatiron district, offering a broad array of treatments from both Eastern and Western traditions. Weekend warriors can find relief with massages that alleviate soreness.  Expectant and new mothers can bask in the glow of a number of pre- and post-natal programs including Pilates and yoga that tone the body and promote relaxation.

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Ohm Spa

260 Fifth Ave. NYC 10001
(212) 845-9812

Ohm Spa believes in custom-tailoring client treatments. They offer vegan products and organic plant essences with therapeutic fragrances like French Lavender, Indonesian Ginger and Chinese Jasmine. The popular seaweed masque made with green tea and honey is designed to relieve effects of excess sun and premature aging.

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Greenhouse Holistic

88 Roebling & North 7th Brooklyn 11211
(718) 599-3111

Located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, this spa offers a full schedule of yoga classes in addition to body treatments and facials. People come here for skin-brightening facials made with cucumbers and parsley or enzyme treatments derived from yams, pumpkins and papayas to help reduce wrinkles. They also offer special eye treatments to alleviate dark circles.

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841 Lexington Ave. NYC 10065
(917) 432-2511

Kiehl’s products are already used in tony spas everywhere–so it makes sense that they finally opened their own. This Upper East Side location offers a full line of men’s services, too. Sit back for an old fashioned straight razor shave followed by an oil-infused hot towel and moisturizing treatment.

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Great Jones Spa

29 Great Jones St. NYC 10012
(212) 505-3185

Great Jones Spa believes in the restorative powers of water therapy. Their wet lounge has a 3-story waterfall, a thermal hot tub and cold plunge pool. Patrons use the river rock sauna as an antidote to chilly weather. The seven-light chakra steam is designed to detoxify the body and elevate the spirit.

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Mezzanine Medical Day Spa

62 Crosby St. NYC 10012
(212) 334-8100

Mezzanine specializes in light treatments that rejuvenate the skin. Clients come here for Bi-Polar RF energy treatments to reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve skin texture. Intense Pulsed Light technologies are used specifically for “Fotofacials” that brighten skin tone. IPL is also used instead of laser therapy to remove unwanted hair.

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