Spa guide 2009

Times are tough. You could use a little indulgence. That's why we're revealing our 15 favorite spas-and why we've scored exclusive discounts for TONY readers. Just mention this article when you book.*

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Julie Cummings,urban gardener (juliecummingsurbangardener.com):“I work outside nine months of the year—pollution and dirt are a real part of my life, and I worry about aging and the sun. I really enjoyed the facial; it’s not something I’ve ever done befor

Julie Cummings,urban gardener (juliecummingsurbangardener.com):“I work outside nine months of the year—pollution and dirt are a real part of my life, and I worry about aging and the sun. I really enjoyed the facial; it’s not something I’ve ever done befor

Photographs by Dan Hallman

*The 15 spas included here all offered their discounts after we selected them. They were not chosen on the basis of whether they'd offer a deal. We don't roll like that.

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Haven


150 Mercer St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-343-3515, havensoho.com)
Why we love it: If you can strip naked, endure a vigorous scrub, be sprayed with foul-smelling cold brown gunk in a fluorescent-lit room and still leave feeling relaxed and well cared for, someone's doing something right. We credit the cocoonlike atmosphere, cloud-soft robes and down-to-earth staff at Haven. This hushed subterranean center, in addition to spray-tanning, has a complete roster of treatments that live up to its name.
TONY special: Get an Escape facial with a Hot Cocoa manicure and pedicure for $99, instead of $125. Through February 28.

Area Emporium & Spa


281 Smith St between DeGraw and Sackett Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-624-3157, areabrooklyn.com)
Why we love it: This cozy spot, with mismatched furniture and hardwood floors, radiates calm—it's like being in a Zen rock garden and your friend's apartment all at once. And you really get the sense that the people who work here care, in no small part because they invite you to attend a free yoga class on the day of (or a day after) your treatment.
TONY special: Book on a weekday and get 25 percent off the Essential Package (a one-hour massage and a one-hour facial, normally $175), or shave 15 percent off Brazilian waxing (normally $70). Through April 30.

Ayurveda's Beauty Care


375 Fifth Ave between 35th and 36th Sts, fifth floor (212-529-3300, 212-529-3304, ayurvedasbeautycare.com)
Why we love it: The stuff you slather onto your skin soaks into your bloodstream—often even faster than what you eat. With this in mind (yikes, methyl laurate what?), we love the tenets of ayurveda, the age-old Indian practice that calls for the use of natural ingredients only. The mild-mannered holistic pros at ABC glance at you and know instantly what kind of custom-smashed fruit and herb potion your skin is craving. You'll leave looking dewy enough to eat.
TONY special: Get a 10 percent discount on any service and a 5 percent discount when you return. Through March 15.

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