Luxury spa treatments

Get some straight-up pampering at these luxe spas.



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Aura Wellness Spa

Aura Wellness Spa
This extremely slick, high-tech Koreatown expanse feels more suited to Mars than its Herald Square surroundings. Treatments (which start at $70) include a turn in the grottoes: igloolike crystal-studded steam rooms that glow from within a pitch-black room in the center of the spa. In Korean-spa tradition, the place offers insanely thorough body scrubs. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing eensy balls of exfoliated skin sloughed from your body. Bonus: The spa is open until 2am, seven days a week. 49 W 33rd St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-695-9559,—Elise Loehnen

Cornelia Day Resort
The Romanian tradition of eating a teaspoon of honey begins many of the treatments at this massive, elegant oasis (where a 60-minute massage runs you $165). But the Eastern European ritual isn't the only sweet thing about Cornelia: Its amenities rival those at any chichi getaway thanks to a rooftop garden, well-stocked locker rooms and one of the city's only Watsu pools (the water is warmed to match your body's temperature, and a therapist massages your floating limbs). What's more, clients are encouraged to spend an entire day unwinding in the bevy of rooms—including the healthy in-house caf and the Relaxation Library, which offers comfy couches and cashmere blankets. Makes it mighty difficult to return to your tiny studio apartment. 663 Fifth Ave between 52nd and 53rd Sts, eighth floor (212-871-3050)—Helen Yun  

Great Jones Spa
Based on the theory that water brings health, this Noho mainstay is outfitted with extremely popular subterranean pools, saunas and steam rooms (five hours of access costs $50). If you book a treatment that costs more than $100, access to the water cures is included. Splurge on the signature Red Flower--product--infused sessions, such as the Sento Treatment & Massage (90 minutes, $230). While you chill out in a suspended tub, the therapist applies various poultices and scrubs. Fifty blissed-out minutes later, towel off and settle into a trance-inducing shiatsu massage. 29 Great Jones St at Lafayette St (212-505-3185, —EL

Homme Spa
The ingenious idea of prefacing a signature hot-towel massage (in which guests are draped with 16 steaming soft towels and skillfully kneaded through a veritable cotton cocoon) with a spell in a recliner, watching SportsCenter, makes true every man's dream: being waited on while vegging out in front of Kenny Mayne. This bi-level, 15,000-square-foot midtown space (which offers services for the fairer sex, too) includes a sealed steam area, a sauna, a spacious lounge and softly lit treatment rooms. As a bonus, the obliging crew is on call most nights until 3am, for that must-have midnight gentlemen's facial. 465 Lexington Ave between 45th and 46th Sts (212-983-0033,—Drew Toal


Clean, modern and bedecked with ash-colored wood, this multistory oasis—tucked behind the Lather retail store—features all sorts of well-designed, high-tech touches. Manicure and pedicure stations are outfitted with flat-screen TVs (they can be stowed away if you'd rather zone out than watch E!) and pullout tables to stash your reading material. All services employ the house line of plant and food-derived products, and there's a huge wall of plants to purify the air. If you want something bespoke, book an aromatherapy massage (60 minutes, $115), and you can blend your own essential oils at the aromatherapy bar. 127 E 57th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-644-4449, —EL

Mandarin Oriental
While its high-rise location comes with an equally lofty price tag (a manicure will set you back $70--$75), all of the Asian-inflected services here are unparalleled in their luxuriousness. Their signature Journey and Ayurvedic Rituals (120 minutes, $450--$470) are huge draws, but the very best part may be the postservice pit stop in the relaxation lounge, which offers astounding views of the city. 80 Columbus Circle at 60th St (212-805-8800, —EL

Poh Tree Thai Spa

Poh Tree Thai Spa
This cozy spot on the LES is named after the supposedly healing plants found in Bangkok's Buddhist temples. Providing a much-needed beautycentric neighborhood haven, the narrow, 350-square-foot bi-level digs host a full array of services, including two pillow-laden pedicure stations and a pair of tranquil facial rooms sealed off by sliding doors. I opted for the cellulite-banishing black-pepper body wrap ($135), which blends Eastern and Western techniques such as Thai and lymphatic massage. The first of its kind in NYC, this treatment also employs an unusual warming cream that detoxes your system while making you feel as toasty as if you were lounging on a tropical beach. 122 Ludlow St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-598-4241, —HY

Townhouse Spa
The younger, slightly more upscale sister to Union Square's bustling Acqua Beauty Bar specializes in hard-to-accommodate groups (there are loads of manicure stations for bachelorette parties, private rooms with Wi-Fi for corporate retreats, and a section specifically for men). The space has the goods for the solo spa visitor, too, with a massive menu of top-notch services like deep-cleansing facials (starts at $110) employing Sonya Dakar products, waxing, herbal detoxes and hot-stone massages. 39 W 56th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-245-8006, —EL

Wellness Men's Day Spa
Like a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Wellness offers high-end European products with a graceful Asian twist. Tucked into a cozy two floors in the Flatiron district, the spa is a gentle paradise of taupe and stone, accented with tasteful flowers and geared toward providing a relaxing environment for the tired modern businessman. Manicure and pedicure stations lie just beyond the tea-and-juice bar in the vestibule; down the hall and downstairs, individual rooms for massage, waxing and toning await. The facial regimen (starts at $135)—administered in a small room whose combination of high-tech gear and hypnotic music make it seem like the world's most soothing dentist's office—is especially rigorous and rewarding. Drawing on French and Italian techniques and products, the patient and informative facialist Rafael deploys a dizzying arsenal of tactics to buff and rejuvenate the skin, including masks, mists, micropeels, microdermabrasion, multiple lotions and even a few painless needles. Balms away! 44 W 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-366-9080,—Adam Feldman

Poh Tree Thai Spa

Iguazu Day Spa

Iguazu Day Spa
Helmed by Fabien Azoulay, a former manager at men-only spa Nickel, this small, pristine duplex caters to both sexes and offers everything from partyworthy blowouts and manicures to pore-suctioning backcials. I submitted to the signature Pachamama Massage (75 minutes, $168), in which the extremely affable Hector paired hot stones, bamboo sticks and a host of yummy-smelling oils with a blend of massage techniques (shiatsu, deep-tissue and Swedish, plus a round of Thai stretching) for a rubdown so soothing that it actually put me to sleep. 350 Hudson St between Charlton and King Sts (212-647-0007, —EL

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