The best spas in New York: Where to get a massage, facial or scrub

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

Whether you're looking for cheap massages, splurgeworthy facials or places to lounge all day, we've scoured the city to find the top ten best spas in New York. We’ve tested everything from reflexology to hangover-relieving treatments to find the best offerings in town.

Bliss Spa

This luxurious day spa, which has several locations nationally and internationally, is known for its deluxe treatments and glossy decor. The facility features fully stocked locker rooms, treatment rooms (complete with Vichy showers) and a retail store. Highlights include the Brazilian bikini wax ($70), the Triple Oxygen treatment ($160; Molly Sims is a fan) and the tension-melting Blissage 75 massage ($150). The venue also carries its own line of skin care, and bath and body products, as well as premier brands such as Remède, La Mer and Dr. Sebagh.

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Soho

Bluemercury

What if Sephora was a little smaller, a little prettier and offered facials ($90–$220)? Yeah, you’d probably blow your makeup allowance two times over. With brands such as Bobbi Brown and Fresh on offer and an impressive amount of makeup per square foot, this new skin- and body-care chain suffers only from overstaffing. Plan on being accosted—er, assisted—by at least a half dozen beauty assistants before you leave. Sure, they’re just there to help, but by the time you get to peruse the smooth and touchable Touch of Ivy cosmetic bags ($20–$30) near the back, you may start getting flashbacks to that last smothering relationship you had.

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Upper West Side

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. In addition to a tricked-out wet room, the 10,000-square-foot space, designed by Great Jones Spa mastermind Donna Creagh, houses a restaurant and bar and nine treatment rooms.

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Clinton Hill

Cornelia Spa at the Surrey

For the past three years, Midtown East residents have been mourning the loss of this boutique spa, but husband and wife Rick Aidekman and Ellen Sackoff have finally reopened the popular spot in a smaller hotel setting. The intimate oasis is luxurious in an understated way, and is designed to make you feel like you’re lounging in your own living space. Inside the five treatment rooms, some of which are the size of small studio apartments, you’ll find a full-size armoire in which to store your stuff. Attention to detail is further evident in the warm welcome: Guests are greeted with a ginger-and-neroli–infused hand cloth and a heated herbal neck pillow. A so-called botanical tasting bar serves savory and sweet treats to complement your service, such as cooling sorbet and champagne by the glass. Splurge on the Reparative Caviar and Oxygen Quench facial (90mins, $325), which uses laminaria seaweed and sea mud to exfoliate, and a caviar mask and marine collagen cream to hydrate and smooth skin; or indulge in a signature massage (60mins, $175), 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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Upper East Side

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 values—just don’t expect pampering. After checking in at the desk (be sure to make any arrangements at this point—there’s a bit of a language barrier once you leave the office), 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

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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East Village

Paul Labrecque Spa and Salon

Critics' pick

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. Pretend you got lost on the way to the basement spa so you can wander around the five fitness floors to catch a glimpse of celebs such as Ethan Hawke, Cyndi Lauper and Kevin Bacon working out or basketball players shooting hoops in the glass-encased court (ladies, if you were wondering where all the tall, handsome men in the city hang out, it's here at 7pm on weeknights—you're welcome). Relax in the steam room, sauna or whirlpool before your treatment—you'll get gratis access to these amenities (but sadly, not the members-only gym) even if you book a mere manicure (45 mins, $35). Since there's a ten-chair salon where you can get cuts ($85-$500), blowouts ($60-$175) and lemongrass-formula deep hair conditioning treatments (30 mins, $55), it's possible to be pampered from head to toe under one roof. Lie down in one of the seven spa rooms for detoxifying seaweed body wraps (45 mins, $135) and deep-tissue massages (60 mins, $130). Our favorite indulgence is an oxygen facial (60 mins, $160) that plumps tired, postparty skin at the hands of Alona Shimonov, who will painlessly purge your zits. Grab some grub, such as tangy chopped Asian chicken salad ($9) served in a chilled bowl, at the caf on your way out or a fashionable goody from the Paul Labrecque boutique. Offerings include Three Dots ribbed tees ($62), Reebok men's sports garb ($20-$48) and house-brand beauty loot ($18-$112) including Straight Finish smoothing hair spray ($18) and Volume conditioner ($20).

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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. In honor of its Wall Street clientele, 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) or indulge in energizing oxygen facials before you return to the office ($70 for 30 minutes). Swedish massages ($135 for 60 minutes) and all treatments come with complimentary suit steaming and shoe shines to keep you looking sharp on the job.

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Financial District

The Spa at Trump Soho

If we could only use one word to describe the latest venture from the Trump brand, it would be sexy. The two-floor, cream-and-brown Turkish-and Moroccan-themed (both in decor and treatments) haven oozes opulence—there are heated toilet seats in the bathrooms! Pamper yourself silly with a four-handed water massage, during which running H20 is poured all over your bod while two massage therapists work their magic in tandem ($350). Facials feature NYC skin-care maven Kate Somerville’s techniques and products ($150–$350), such as using LED light to improve skin tone and boost serotonin. Bring your special someone to the romantic couples suite for hour-long side-by-side massages, which begin with a private hot tub soak (champagne is provided) and ends with the option to rinse off together in a shower attached to the room ($350). But the main attraction is the Turkish hammam bathing ritual, a wet exfoliation-and-oil treatment performed in a steamy, temple-like dome (45 minutes for $100).

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Soho

The Waldorf-Astoria Guerlain Spa

This impressive 14,000-square-foot spa manages to be a serene oasis despite its opulent decor, which includes silver ceramic-tiled walls, white marble floors and a floor-to-ceiling glistening crystal chandelier at the entrance. The treatment rooms are the size of most New York studio apartments (complete with private bathroom, shower, locker and vanity area), making a customized Guerlain therapy the ultimate indulgence.

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Midtown East

Comments

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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 

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

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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

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TJ.

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