New York City’s 5 Best Hotel Spas

August 25, 2015 6:00 AM

Looking for a little rest and relaxation? Make an appointment at one of these fabulous hotel spas and escape the hectic city streets for an hour or two. By Carly Petrone.

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(credit: guerlainspas.com)

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After a hot summer, your skin could probably use some TLC. Head over to the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria and treat yourself to a refreshing spa day. Lead Massage Therapist Cynde Montilla knows a thing or two about revitalizing sunburned skin and offers this helpful tip – “To minimize the long-term effects of sun-damaged skin, apply honey to hydrate, tighten, and firm the skin.” Enjoy one of their signature massages like The Waldorf Touch (50, 80, or 110 minutes), which is customized to produce the results you desire or the Imperiale Relaxing Massage (50 or 80 minutes), which uses lotion, Swedish massage techniques, and a hydrating Super Aqua facemask to promote ultimate relaxation. Another great way to release tension is with the Waldorf Warm-up (50 minutes). This relaxing body treatment includes heated towels that are drizzled with essential oils and cocooned around your body to help restore energy and promote full body relaxation. Your summer skin will certainly thank you after one of these amazing treatments.

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(credit: gurneysmontauk.com)

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Hampton goers should make their way to Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa to experience their Sea Water Sanctuary. The spa itself is nestled along bluffs that overlook a private beach, making it the ultimate getaway spot. Dip into the living and healing waters of the only authentic Thalasso Center in the U.S. It utilizes sea water and seaweed in a marine enriched environment for therapeutic purposes, both preventative and curative. Their facilities also include a Heated Indoor Sea Water Pool, Seawater Roman Baths, Finish Rock Saunas, Russian Steam Rooms, and Swiss Showers. If you get hungry, there’s also local fresh spa cuisine available. Those looking to detox and start Fall anew should try their Ultimate Detox Therapy – vigorous dry brushing followed by a sea water hydro massage, argilite mud wrap, and steam infused treatment. You may never want to come back into the city after this relaxing experience.

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(credit: thegreenwichhotel.com)

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Those looking for a traditional Japanese spa experience should book an appointment at Shibui Spa inside the adorable Greenwich Hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Get there early and enjoy their amenities like their lantern-lit swimming pool and lounge under a roof of a 250-year old wood and bamboo farmhouse. Their summer seasonal bath will immediately relax and calm any skin afflictions you may be suffering from thanks to the soothing and healing properties of the lavender base. Enjoy a private soak ($95) or a tub for two ($120). Their Elemental Well-Being Massage is rooted in the Five Element theory of traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water – all of which are used to help diagnose conflicting symptoms within your body and mind. Nourish your entire body with their Bamboo Glow Treatment. This soften, firms, and hydrates your skin using textures and fragrances of Japan. You’ll follow up this invigorating treatment with a private shower using a yuzu sea algae wash and then soaking in a hinoki mineral bath in their ofuro tub. It’s pricey ($400) but you’ll enjoy every 120 minutes of it.

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(credit: theplazany.com)

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Wine drinkers will be happy to know that grape seeds actually can help energize and purify your skin. Make an appointment at the luxurious Caudalie Vinotheapie Spa at The Plaza and take advantage of these restorative properties. The 8000-square-foot spa offers everything from Vinoperfect Facials and Honey & Wine Wraps to a Wine Maker’s Massage and Crushed Cabernet Scrubs. You can even get a Fresh Grape Manicure and Pedicure service that has been added exclusively for The Plaza. You can end your spa day at their wine lounge, where you can escape reality for a little bit and pretend you’re at a vineyard in Napa or France. Cheers!

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(credit: Facebook/BlissSpa)

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Step into the W New York and enjoy a truly blissful experience. Literally. Bliss 57, located on the third floor of the hotel, offers treatment services using Bliss products that range from facials and massages to body treatments and laser hair removal. If you’re a newbie, we’re big fans of the Mini-Microdermabrasion Facial ($125). It gets straight to the point with cleansing and two passes of microderm over the face and neck. You’ll get rid of dead cells on the skin’s surface layers to reveal a younger looking complexion. That means less fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and coarse textured skin. The Blissage 49, named after their flagship NYC location, is the perfect massage for the New Yorker on the go. The 49-minute massage targets those knotty spots or a full shoulder-to-toe rubdown. This will help with overall digestion and relaxation. It’s definitely a win-win.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.