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The 20 best spas in NYC

From affordable treatments to splurgeworthy services, we pick the best spas in the city to relax and get pampered, at every price point

Photograph: courtesy Red Door Spa

Where are the best places to relax in New York City? The spas, of course! There’s nothing better than slipping on a warm, fluffy robe right before a massage, invigorating body scrub or a Turkish hammam offered at swanky, but affordable, resorts in the city. And if you’re in need of tips from skin-care experts—you know, to boost your glow factor—Gotham is chock-full of spots that specialize in facials. From New York hotels to downtown hot spots, we’ve narrowed down our list to 20 of the best spas in NYC. These experts will scrub, soak and steam the stress right out of you. 

RECOMMENDED: Our full guide to Spas in NYC

Massages

Oasis Day Spa

Sure, a spa treatment involving hot rocks on your back might sound a bit awkward (or terrifying). But this ancient service is believed to soothe common aches, relieve stress and even fight the winter blues. If the cold-ass weather has you down, Oasis Day Spa’s luxurious lava-stone massage will relax your muscles while your skin soaks in the warmth generated by the smooth basalt—the stones improve circulation and calm the nervous system—and invigorating ginger citrus Arnica oil (60mins $155).

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Midtown

The Waldorf-Astoria Guerlain Spa

This balmy cold-weather combo is a step up from a basic massage. Inside the Waldorf Astoria, the Guerlain Spa offers a Winter Warm-Up service, which includes a hot-towel massage that uses moisturizing essential oils, softens tense tissue and soothes wind-stripped skin (50mins $195). Or opt for the Urban Island Escape, featuring a warm coconut-honey toning body mask, an exfoliating sugar glow scrub and a rejuvenating massage followed by a warm rain-shower rinse (for a tropical feeling). Your dry, parched skin needs this as much as your muscles do (80mins $325).

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Midtown East

YeloSpa

Most New Yorkers pop into this Midtown joint to power nap in the modern, hot pink-and-saffron colored cubes, but if you want to feel completely reenergized, opt for the invigorating, heated Lava Shell Massage. Book a deep-tissue treatment, which involves warm, organic Kerstin Florian Ginger body oil (50mins, $125) then add-on South Pacific, porcelain Lava shells (15mins, $40) for a fully rejuvenating experience. FYI: They’re the world’s most powerful, heated massage tools.

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Midtown East

Greenhouse Holistic

This Williamsburg spa is basically a yoga studio, but also offers excellent massage services for prices that won't necessarily ruin your bank account. A one-hour Swedish massage runs for $80, deep tissue massages clock in at $90 for an hour and hot stone massages run another $10. Plus, the spa frequently runs Groupon deals and offers bulk massage packages to keep prices down, though the therapists' hands will keep you coming back for more.

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Williamsburg

Graceful Services

Located on the second floor of an office building, Grace Macnow’s no-frills spot is known for its talented technicians and great services. After checking in at the desk, you’ll be taken back into the hallway and around the corner to a different suite, where tables are lined up between curtains. Massages run from $50–$100 and facials average $80–$125. Look out for package deals, such as an hour-long facial and an hour-long massage, both for $120.

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Midtown East

Facials

Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa

The first Vinothérapie outpost in the U.S., this spa harnesses the antioxidant power of grapes and vine leaves. The 8,000-square-foot facility in the Plaza offers such treatments as a Red Vine bath (25 minutes, $75) in one of its cherrywood "barrel" tubs, but the spa is best known for its grand facial treatment (50 minutes, $205). After your service, relax in the wine lounge, which offers artisanal tipples from its French vineyard, cheeses and foie gras.

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Midtown West

Paul Labrecque Spa and Salon

If not for the sign out front, you might think you stepped into the marble-floored lobby of your rich friend's fancy apartment building instead of a high-rise that houses a subterranean gym. Lie down in one of the seven spa rooms for detoxifying seaweed body wraps (45 minutes, $135) and deep-tissue massages (60 minutes, $130). Our favorite indulgence is an Oxygen facial (60 minutes, $160) that plumps tired, postparty skin at the hands of Alona Shimonov, who will painlessly purge your zits.

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Upper West Side

The Spa At Andaz Wall Street

Take a break from the boardroom at this luxurious Financial District oasis. The contemporary haven for harried New Yorkers features sea-foam glass walls and dark oak floors, and guests are welcomed with free copies of The Wall Street Journal. The spa offers services like 15-minute “shares” (slivers of full-body services) for $35 and “stocks” (more time-intensive packages for varying prices). Clients gave you a migraine? Relax with soothing scalp treatments ($35 for 15 minutes). All treatments come with complimentary suit steaming and shoe shines to keep you looking sharp on the job.

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Financial District

Sisley Paris

This French brand is family-owned; so expect a homey feel at its new West Village outpost. Unwind in the Parisian-flavored space; discuss your skin-care needs with on-site experts and shop high-end beauty products, such as the "So Intense" volumizing mascara ($67). The store houses a spa "cabine" and private makeup room so you can splurge on a full facial ($200 for 60 minutes) and get a free makeup application.

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West Village

Ohm Spa

This small, intimate spa focuses primarily on massages, facials and nail services, but the staff is best known for personalized attention. Every massage is tailored to your own needs, but you should try the Head-to-Toe Spa combo, which includes any 60-minute signature massage, any 60-minute signature facial and a salt scrub for arms and legs ($319).

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Downtown

Cornelia Spa at the Surrey

This luxurious, intimate oasis is designed to make you feel like you’re lounging in your own living space. Guests are greeted with a ginger-and-neroli–infused hand cloth and heated herbal neck pillow, and a botanical tasting bar serves treats to complement your service. Splurge on the Reparative Caviar and Oxygen Quench facial ($325 for 90 minutes), or indulge in a signature massage ($175 for 60 minutes), which combines deep-tissue, Swedish and shiatsu techniques customized to your needs. Manicures ($35), pedicures ($65) and waxing services ($20–$125) are also available. Stick around for the daily 5pm champagne pour, and enjoy seasonal access to the private roof garden.

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Bath Houses

The Spa at Trump Soho

In Turkey, a personalized hammam is pretty unheard of (bathhouses are a social, salubrious experience). But at The Spa in Trump Soho, you’ll receive a heated, beautifully tiled bath all to yourself. Your “Hammam Attache” will give you the scrubdown of your life using an exfoliating mitt, followed by a dramatic, lather-filled cleansing with castile-coconut soap and endless pans of hot water poured over you—all while you lie on a heated marble bench (45mins $175, weekends $190).

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Downtown

Body by Brooklyn

This Americanized, upscale take on the traditional Russian bathhouses that dot the borough just might be worthy of the Kings County name. Feel revived by the Turkish bath, cold plunge pool, Russian or Swedish saunas, thermal hot tub and power showers in the tricked-out wet room. In addition, the 10,000-square-foot space, designed by Great Jones Spa mastermind Donna Creagh, houses a restaurant and bar including nine treatment rooms for booking decadent treatments such as the B3 Signature Chocolate massage (90mins, $185).

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Midtown East

Great Jones Spa

Based on the theory that water brings health, this Noho mainstay is outfitted with a popular water lounge that boasts subterranean pools, saunas, steam rooms and a three-and-a-half-story waterfall. Enjoy the serenity of the 15,000-square-foot paradise while getting a haircut ($90 and up), or treat yourself to a Coconut Paradise Manicure ($40).  Access to the water lounge is complimentary with services over $100, or a three-hour pass is available for $50.

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Downtown

Mermaid Spa

How do Russians survive the winter? Plenty of steam rooms, dips in ice water and self-flagellation with birch leaves (gratis; a pro will do it for you for an extra $40). And you can find all of that and then some at this Brooklyn joint, which features one circular Jacuzzi, two ice-water tile pools, two Russian banyas, one steam room and one sauna. The soft lighting, rustic-style rooms and herbal-scented air are what makes this spa perfect winter retreat.

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Brooklyn

Spa Castle

This expansive wonderland in College Point, Queens, has taken on near legendary status in NYC, partly for its quirky layout and partly because it attracts a diverse following, with frat boys and families among the patrons. On its first floor are separate nude bathing areas for men and women; to meander through the rest of the complex, you'll don special "uniforms". On the second and third floors, you'll find a coed water park and seven themed saunas. Once you pay the entry rate, you can have a crazy adventure while snacking on dumplings ($10) from the on-site food court, or you can go for a shiatsu massage (60mins $75, 90mins $130) followed by a delicious meal ($12–$20) in the Korean restaurant.

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Queens

Aire Ancient Baths

This Spanish import aims to bring the traditional bath experience to New York with the first overseas location of its luxury bathhouse minichain. The basement level of the gigantic three-story space houses the spacious, open room of baths, which consist of hot, cold, saltwater and multijet pools alongside steam and hot-stone rooms where you can lounge for up to two hours ($75); up the ante by adding on a 15-to-60-minute massage ($10–$65). You can also book an ultra-luxe ritual treatment ($450), which begins with a private 30-minute bath infused with red wine, olive oil or cava, followed by a 30-minute facial, a 60-minute four-hand massage and an hour-long dip in the thermal public baths.

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Tribeca

Scrubs

Bliss Spa

Yes, the brand is known for its extensive line of skin-care products, but you can also book a pampering sesh at any of the three Bliss Spa locations for a price that won’t destroy your soul. Bliss’s hot salt-scrub treatment features a shoulder-to-shin rubdown with self-heating rosemary and eucalyptus oil, followed by a warm Vichy shower (a shower with 5–7 heads that pours water over you while you’re laying down) to reveal smooth, hydrated and polished skin (45 mins $125).

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Downtown

Red Door Spa

Elizabeth Arden’s welcoming spa environment encourages you to spend the day trying out the extensive menu of services—as if we needed much encouragement to begin with. From facials ($45–$255), massages ($80–$250), haircuts ($25–$140) and color ($45–$210) to makeup applications ($65–$350) and nail care ($20–$100) head to any NYC location for a day of luxury. Our favorite services include oxygen-infusion facials (50mins, $255), cream-and-sugar exfoliating body scrubs (50mins, $120) and silky hydrating milk baths (25mins, $45).

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Midtown East

Greenwich Hotel

Start your tranquil experience with an early yoga class before treating yourself to a reviving service (like the $400 Bamboo Glow—a body scrub followed by a private shower with yuzu sea algae wash, a mint mineral soak, and a moisturizing massage). There's also an in-house salon, which offers waxing and eyelash extension services, too.

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Tribeca

Comments

27 comments
Ted S
Ted S

Thank you so much for the list of places to get a massage. My wife's birthday is coming up and I want to get her something special. She would love to have a spa day. She has never had one before and she has always talked about getting one. 

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Laura K
Laura K

This makes me realize just how much I could use a massage.... heading over to LookBooker.co to book one now!

Lilly S
Lilly S

There is nothing better than being able to get a massage. This is such a great way to be able to relax and even detox your body. It has been quite a while since I have been able to go get a  massage. I am hoping to be able to travel and try out some massage centers soon. I think that it will really help me get rid of some stress.


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Jason S
Jason S

This really is something that is incredible to have. I personally would really like to be able to have some kind of massage at the end of my work days. Something that is incredible is that there are some kind of spas that actually do differentiate from one another. Thank you for sharing. http://www.therapeuticmassagesarasotafl.com/ 

Kira S
Kira S

Also ask for first time customer discount , you can get 10% off.

Kira S
Kira S

My fave is Allure Day Spa ! They do best Facials and Deep Tissue Massages. They also do amazing Spa Parties .. Don't get why they not in this list...

Mae M
Mae M

I've come back with another favorite that I'm totally obsessed with- Savor Spa in the West Village! I had read great things about them, then I saw they were on www.lookbooker.co (which is where I book EVERYTHING) and had such a great facial!

Ava L
Ava L BannedSpammer

Thanks for letting me know all the options I have. I'm new to the New York area and I need a deep tissue massage really bad. I can't wait to try one of these places out. 

Victoria P
Victoria P

@Ava L Elite Day Spa offers a first time customer special! Deep tissue massage is just $49!

Angela K
Angela K

I cannot tell you how much I would love to go to a spa right now. I haven't had a massage in years and I feel so tense all the time. I think I sleep funny and that's affecting how my muscles are responding. Not only do spas offer massages, but they have other things to help you relax as well. If I lived in New York, I would try out all of these places! http://www.backstagesalonspa.net/home

Tony D
Tony D

That is really convenient that you can book online. I have never had a facial massage before, but I bet that it would feel good. Trevor, I hope that you're able to find time to take a break from work and take your wife to a spa. That is really what everyone needs every once in a while. http://www.spinewise.com/massage-therapy1/

Sui P
Sui P

If you're closer to the West Village then Caudalie on Bleeker St is also out of this world good for facials! You can book online with them on LookBooker now (www.lookbooker.co) which is super convenient too

Trevor S
Trevor S

I know exactly what you mean James. This article helps to find reviews and prices all in the same place. I have been thinking about taking my wife to a really nice spa sometime. We could really use the break from work, and I bet a tandem massage would be really nice. http://www.minorumassage.com

Mae M
Mae M

I think Tribeca Beauty Spa definitely should have been on this list! I booked my appointment through LookBooker and had the best massage! It's such a relaxing environment and definitely a place people should check out! I booked it on https://www.lookbooker.co and didn't even have to worry about calling to book it! Loved it!

Rachel B
Rachel B SpammerBanned

One of my favorite activities while on vacation is to go get a massage.  I don't usually have time for regular massages at home but a massage is a fun vacation splurge.  This list of the best spas in New York will be helpful for my upcoming trip this spring. 

Tripp V
Tripp V

My wife and her girl friends are going to New York for spring break. While we were planning the finances for the trip, she made sure to set aside a big chunk of money for spa services. What is the difference between all of the spas? Don't they all do the same thing? I am so clueless about this type of thing. http://www.rejuvenateyou.ca 

CityTouch Licensed Massage Therapy
CityTouch Licensed Massage Therapy

@Tripp V Hey Trip.  If you get a chance, check out smaller private practices that focus only on massage therapy because you can get a better rate than a spa (if you don't mind not having a sauna, etc).  In New York state, make sure your therapist is LICENSED (not certified).  Let your wife know that CityTouch Licensed Massage Therapy ( http://www.citytouchnyc.com ) provides great massage (even couples massage) and you can easily book online.

Jackson W
Jackson W

I think that getting treatments like this done is very beneficial. My wife loves to go to the spa and just spend a few hours there. She's always extremely happy once she's done. I think it would be great to surprise her with a trip to the spa soon. I'm sure she would really enjoy it.

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Marcus F
Marcus F

Thanks for the comprehensive list. Everyone has something different that they're looking for when they had to a spa. Personally, I'm always looking for relaxation. The health benefits are a major plus, but what I really want is to unwind for a few hours. | http://www.bellissimasalonspa.com/#/services/salon

James H
James H

Visiting a health spa once in a while is very good for your health. Your professional and social life can be very hectic causing a lot of stress. A wellness massage will relieve your stress and give you a refreshed state if mind. This will also increase your efficiency at work and make you more active.

Kent C
Kent C

My wife loves going to the spa. We have never been to New York, but we will be going there next summer. I'm sure she will like to know where the best spas are! We might go to a few of these. http://www.maamsmegamall.com 

Johnny Applegate
Johnny Applegate

I actually like this list of places to get a massage. If I want an erotic massage, I normally just go to www.rubmaps.com. Thank you for the useful information!

TJ.
TJ.

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