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The best spas in NYC

From affordable treatments to splurge-worthy services, we pick the best spas in NYC to relax and get pampered

Photograph: Courtesy Red Door Spa

Looking for a great place to relax? There’s no need to go on a weekend getaway with these spas in NYC here to help you chill out! 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 the best 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.

The best spas in NYC

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Haven Spa

We’ve been anxiously awaiting Haven Spa’s new makeover reveal, and now that the comfy-chic remodel is complete, we’re psyched the joint upped its treatment menu by adding a blow-dry bar ($45) and a very cozy mani-pedi station, where you can get your fingernails ($10 to $36) and toes ($15 to $46) painted at the same time. There’s new body treatments like the, er, Bitch massage ($140, 60mins), which is said to soothe and relax your mind and body while alleviating PMS symptoms with particular strokes and oils. And, dudes, there’s a Boot Camp facial ($130), that deeply cleans your face and removes the toxins from your last bar crawl.

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Greenwich Village
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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
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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
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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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10

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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15 comments
Brandon M
Brandon M

I second "Great Jones Spa", waterfall is both relaxing and fun. Aire Ancient Baths is also pretty awesome.


The best relaxing health and beauty experience in NYC? http://freshnyc.com/blog/best-day-spas-nyc-pamper-yourself - Don't just stick with one, have several favorite spas you like to go and choose depending on your mood and energy level. 

LesterCheetah
LesterCheetah

There are a lot of brilliant spas in NYC, but some of the most impressive spas you'll come across are live-in residential fitness and wellness spas. In my experience, many fitness camps offer this level of service and it far surpasses the typical day spa in terms of results. Of course, if you lose some weight and get in shape in the process, it's a serious win.

Linda C
Linda C

TimeOut New York should consider being renamed  "TimeOut Manhattan & Northern Brooklyn" because as usual with these annual lists, all of New York is never truly represented. There are many very high quality facilities throughout the five boroughs. You're probably doing them a favor, however, by not including them in this banal, annual regurgitation that passes for "best".  As is often the case, many of the truly best places are local, lesser-known gems that combine value with quality and personalized service. Just ask any lifelong New Yorker and they will tell you where to get the best of anything. Same goes for "spas". 

Rachel B
Rachel B

Don't forget Massage Williamsburg! We LOVE our neighborhood, and have amazing LMTs! www.massagewilliamsburg.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!

Linda C
Linda C

@Ava L depending upon where you live, please keep looking! There are many wonderful, more affordably priced and highly beneficial facilities that TimeOut never includes in their so-called "best" list each year. Good luck and enjoy! 

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

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.

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.