Best couples-massage rooms
Treat your beloved to some TLC at one of these duo-focused havens.
Mon Jan 31 2011
The Spa at Trump Soho
Most spacious: The Spa at Trump Soho 246 Spring St between Sixth Ave and Varick St, seventh floor (212-842-5507, trumpsohohotel.com) Measuring 324 square feet, this colossal couples room is the size of most studio apartments, allowing lovebirds who crave personal space to really spread out. In keeping with the spa's upscale Turkish theme, the space is adorned with cream and white mosaic tiles and boasts nine-foot-high ceilings, a marble infinity tub and an extra-large private shower with multiple jets that hit you at every angle.
Get this: The Soul to Soul massage for two comes with lots of lavish touches, from ultraplush robes to ice-soaked towels for your foreheads during your 25-minute soak in the rose-petal-strewn Jacuzzi. Afterward, you'll be led to the heated side-by-side massage tables for hour-long Swedish rubdowns that incorporate aromatherapy oils. Top the treatment off with a steamy rinse in the shower together and a cup of mint tea in the relaxation room. $450 on weekdays; $485 on weekends.
Most romantic: VIP Treatment Room at Caudale Vinothrapie Spa Plaza Hotel, Fifth Ave at 59th St, fourth floor (212-265-3182, caudalie-usa.com) Most of us can't afford to jet off to Burgundy with our beau for a romantic getaway, but this luxe room in the Plaza Hotel's winecentric spa is the next best thing. The dark-wood-paneled enclave allows you to channel a French vineyard as you soak in the hot tub made from a real winemaker's oak barrel amid flickering candles.
Get this: During the couples massage and barrel bath, cozy up in the Jacuzzi, spiked with soothing wine and crushed-grape extracts that are said to help maintain skin's elasticity. After you both towel off, hop onto the adjacent massage tables for 50-minute toning rubdowns designed to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage (and can be adjusted to your pressure preference). Then wind down on the leather couches of the wine lounge to sip a glass of the bordeaux produced on the Caudale family's vineyard ($10-$15) and nibble an assorted fromage plate from Artisanal's cheese cave ($18-$25). $495 (50 min); $730 (80 min).
Best amenities: Body by Brooklyn 275 Park Ave between Washington and Waverly Aves, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-923-9400, bodybybrooklyn.com) Procrastinators shouldn't have a problem booking a last-minute treatment at this sprawling spa, considering it offers five similar couples rooms. You'd be lucky to get pampered in any of the nooks, where extendable walls that normally divide individual treatment rooms open to reveal side-by-side beds. Candles and fresh flowers set the scene, but the real treat is that your service gives you free access to laze in the spa's six wet and dry lounges, including Russian and Swedish saunas, a Turkish steam room and an arctic plunge pool.
Get this: As part of the Couples Aromatherapy Massage, your technicians will work with you to create a custom blend of ailment-curing essential oils—like peppermint for headache relief or lavender to alleviate insomnia—that will be used during your hour-long, Swedish-style rubdowns. To really loosen up, head to the cocktail bar for a glass of champagne or a chocolate martini on the house. $250 per couple; $100 for each additional hour (includes complimentary bottle of champagne and fruit platter).
Best on a budget: Sunset Room at Supple Spa 55 W 19th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, second floor (212-929-5948, supplespa.com) Although you can head to this relaxation spot for a solo session, the five rooms are designed with shared treatments in mind (folding partitions open up to create double rooms). The Sunset Room is one of the largest, most private spaces, and although the decor is a bit hokey, with pink lighting, floral decals on the walls and faux-flower garlands strung up everywhere, none of this will matter once you're facedown on the massage tables, covered in actual rose petals.
Get this: The dimmed lights and candles will help transcend the less-than-desirable surroundings during Supple's 90-minute couples massage. Make sure you let your technician know if you like a gentler touch, otherwise the pressure during this shiatsu-style rubdown burrows deep into your muscles to work out tough kinks. $180 per couple.
Best for a splurge: Celebrity Room at Juvenex Spa 25 W 32nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, fifth floor (646-733-1330, juvenexspa.com) The more-private sixth-floor getaway at this 24-hour spa is appropriately named: It's easy to picture P. Diddy (who has frequented Juvenex) sprawled out in this glossy black-stone-walled room that is more sleek than Zen-like. Your massages are executed in a different room but beforehand, you'll have the space all to yourselves to sink into the deep hydrotherapy massage tub and rinse off together in the adjacent open shower.
Get this: Virtually no luxury is spared in the souped-up Enhanced Romantic Couples Getaway package: Start by sweating it out in the solid jade igloo-style sauna or herbal steam room before taking a champagne-and-fresh-fruit-fueled bubble bath in the Celebrity Room tub. You'll then be led into one of the wet treatment rooms for invigorating full-body scrubs and back to the massage tables for blissful, hour-long Korean rubdowns, combining pressure and stretching applied through a sheet with essential-oil-lubricated long, soothing strokes directly on the skin. A cooling cucumber face mask finishes off the three-and-a-half-hour-long relaxation fest. $500 (normally $555) per couple.
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