Ten Essential Luxury Spas in NYC

New York City may have a reputation as the city that never sleeps, never dawdles, and certainly never walks three-across on a sidewalk, but relaxation, too, is a critical component of life in the Big Apple.

And in our book, the most indulgent way to unwind is an afternoon spent pampering ourselves at a luxurious spa. Thankfully—like shopping, real estate, and hotels—New York City contains some of the world’s very best, whether you’re looking for a massage, a long soak, or a litany of aesthetic treatments.

Here are ten of the best spas in New York City. No matter what you’re looking for, you are guaranteed to find your bliss.

Shibui Spa 

 A 60-minute massage starts at $255

 

Located at the chic Greenwich hotel in TriBeCa, the spa takes its name from a Japanese word that loosely translates to “effortless beauty.” The same could be said of the facilities, the highlight of which is a glowing, lantern-lit pool crowned with 250-year-old beams reclaimed from a farmhouse and reassembled by Japanese craftsmen.

The spa’s signature massage is an omakase ritual that “utilizes a combination of honored therapies and oils to heal and release deeply rooted stress patterns, pain, or energetic blockage.”

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental 

 A 50-minute massage starts at $250

 

This rarefied relaxation perch sits on the 35th and 36th floor of the Columbus Circle hotel and covers an impressive 14,500 square feet of space, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and a lap pool with views of the Hudson River. The interiors nod to Japanese, Chinese, and Thai heritages, with bamboo flooring, natural stone, and gilded millwork and an amethyst crystal steam room.

QC NY Spa

 A 50-minute massage starts at $195

 

It is located on Governors Island, the 172-acre isle just an eight-minute boat trip from Lower Manhattan. It functioned as a strategic military outpost dating back to the 1750s. Today, it’s been rehabbed into a wild, car-free respite that feels worlds away from the city that never sleeps.

The facilities feature five saunas and two steam rooms, each with its own theme but the pièce de résistance is arguably the rooftop pool, which is oriented toward panoramic views of Lower Manhattan.

Guerlain Spa 

A 60-minute massage starts at $215

 

The Guerlain Spa at the Plaza Hotel is a pampering spot tucked away inside of one of New York City’s most famous destinations. Its remedies come straight from Guerlain’s Institut de Beauté on Paris’s Champs-Élysées. Here, the regal Impériale relaxing massage combines traditional Swedish techniques while gently scenting you in Guerlain’s signature fragrance.

Bathhouse 

A 50-minute massage starts at $170

 

Bathhouse in Brooklyn is located in an industrial setting in the bowels of a converted factory. At peak hours, the spa takes on a characteristic Brooklyn party atmosphere, so those looking for a more solitary experience should book an early-bird pass.

Remedy Place 

Chiropractic Movement starts at $250

 

Remedy Spa is a “social wellness club” in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. Here, you can find ice baths, and book acupuncture and cupping treatments, lymphatic compression, “chiropractic movement,” sound baths, and more. Memberships start at $595 per month for residents, but nonmembers can also book à la carte treatments.

Spa De La Mer

A one-hour massage starts at $245

 

Everyone loves La Mer at the Baccarat Hotel & Residences. The La Mer Baccarat Facial includes a diamond powder exfoliation and concludes with a “cooling Icy Crystal Star technique.” You can also be doused head to toe with La Mer in a sumptuous full-body treatment that will also polish you with diamond powder.

Aman Spa 

A 60-minute massage starts at $380

 

Inside New York’s historic Crown Building, the Aman Spa specializes in helping you get away from it all, while being in the middle of it all. Unwind with traditional Chinese medicine, a vitamin-cocktail IV drip, a Thai oil massage, and more.

Float through the facility’s gracious interiors, which include a marble-clad hammam, Russian-style banya, as well as a private outdoor terrace where you can submerge yourself in a hot bath or cold plunge pool.

Bamford Wellness Spa

A 50-minute massage starts at $185

 

It is a neutral-hued oasis—first launched in the English countryside by British lifestyle guru and baroness Carole Bamford—feels like the chicest barn you’ve ever been in with blond-wood cladding and floors, tree-trunk decor, and lighting as soft as the furniture. The spa offers everything from luxurious massages to a pore-cleansing Acquaglo hydradermabrasion facial – all of which utilize Bamford’s signature organic skincare products).

The Valmont Spa 

A one-hour massage starts at $295

 

The retreat is run by the Swiss cosmetics company of the same name and its treatments are inspired by Valmont’s alpine roots, with mountainous-inspired names like Energy of the Glaciers energy ritual, Lift from the Peaks facial, and Serene Valley massage and are grounded in Valmont’s signature “butterfly motion,” a massage technique that helps with circulation and relaxation.

The Spa at the Four Seasons 

A 60-minute massage starts at $245

The tranquil space—located on the third floor of Robert A.M. Stern’s towering classical building—features elegant marble details, soothing lounges, and an indoor pool with scenic city views. Specialists offer treatments that encompass wellness practices from around the world, ranging from purifying full-body mud treatments to reflexology.

(Text Courtesy: Elle Decor)

Images courtesy of Shibui Spa, Mandarin Oriental, QC NY Spa, Kris Tamburrelo, Adrian Gaut, Benjamin Holtrop, Spa De La Mer, Aman Spa, Bamford Wellness Spa, The Valmont Spa and Four Seasons

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