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.
Cornelia Spa at the Surrey
|Venue name:||Cornelia Spa at the Surrey|
20 E 76th St
|Cross street:||at Madison Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri, Sun 10am–7pm; Sat 9am–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 77th St (Lexington Ave)|