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The best spas in NYC

Hit up NYC's best spas, from hot saunas to cold pools, to relax from the insanity of the city

By Jennifer Picht and Juliet Izon
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It’s no secret that New Yorkers are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where the best spas in NYC come in. The city boasts some of the most luxurious spas in the country, but affordable spa treatments also abound. So get inspired with birthday party ideas in NYC or date night ideas in NYC and book yourself a treatment at one of our favorite New York City spas.

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Best spas in NYC

1. Aire Ancient Baths

Health and beauty Spas Tribeca

This Spanish import brings the traditional bath experience to New York with the first overseas location of its luxury mini-chain. The basement level of the gigantic three-story space houses the spacious, open room of baths, which consist of hot, cold, saltwater and multi-jet pools alongside steam and hot-stone rooms. And did we mention the private red wine baths? 

2. Greenwich Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Tribeca

This Tribeca spa certainly wins for most impressive interior: The swimming pool is actually inside a 250-year-old bamboo farmhouse that was reconstructed inside the hotel. The services are no less luxurious; the traditional shiatsu massage is performed on a tatami mattress, and the room even features a private bathing tub.

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3. Great Jones Spa

Health and beauty Spas Noho

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. Spa services run the gamut from facials to massages, but all products used are plant- or marine-based.

4. Cornelia Spa at the Surrey

Health and beauty Spas Lenox Hill

This luxurious, intimate oasis at New York's only Relais & Chateaux hotel is designed to make you feel like you're lounging in your own living space. Each service starts with an amuse-bouche tasting, plus time to decompress in their cozy library. Therapists are also dedicated to customizing each treatment depending on your age, diet and emotional dynamics.

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5. Sojo Spa Club

Health and beauty Spas New Jersey

O.K., so technically this spot isn't in NYC proper, but to experience the country's largest and most accommodating Korean Spa, it's worth the quick jaunt to Jersey. It's unlikely that you'll even cover the whopping eight floors of treatments that this relaxation arena offers, including nine pools, seven sauna rooms, a restaurant and adjoining hotel. But we dare you to try. Among the highlights at this full-service facility are the spectacular rooftop infinity pool, which offers an untouchable view of the NYC skyline; a volcanic sand treatment using rare lava sand imported from Japan; and a scorching charcoal sauna. In summer months, the outdoor pools easily beat the sardine baths of the city, and the indoor saunas will reinvigorate you no matter how brutal the winter gets. There's really no reason to leave when you're in the K-Spa equivalent of Disneyland.

Bamford Haybarn Spa
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6. Bamford Haybarn Spa

Health and beauty Brooklyn Heights

Tucked away in an otherwise stark neighborhood, this stunning new spa offers an embarrassment of riches to guests of all genders, with customized facials, acupressure, massages and more. Before your treatment, you can enjoy fruit and snacks in a plush waiting room, then speak with your specialist. The signature facial ($235) involves a skincare consultation and facial reflexology that will leave you feeling radiant; and the sugar polish ($175) will leave you feeling smoother than ever. 

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Guerlain Spa
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7. Guerlain Spa at the Plaza Hotel

5 out of 5 stars
Health and beauty Spas Midtown West

You'll forget that you're even in Manhattan within moments of entering this peaceful, opulent spa, which moved from the Waldorf Astoria to the Plaza in 2017. With complimentary champagne, walls of flowers and 6,500 feet of silence, the state-of-the art facility will cool down even the most frantic of New Yorkers. The treatments are certainly more souped-up than ever: With an hour-long Black Orchid facial that helps the skin repair its own wrinkles ($260); a comprehensive, two-hour Body Lift massage in the scent of your choice with an included face mask ($480) and many more. 

8. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

Health and beauty Spas Upper West Side

Honoring the hotel's Eastern origins, this 14,500-square-foot space contains everything from a tea lounge to a Thai yoga suite with decoration inspired by Buddhist temples. For the ultimate experience, book the 650-square-foot spa suite, complete with dizzying views, a fireplace and double massage beds.

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9. The Peninsula Spa

Hotels Chain hotels Midtown East

This swanky hotel spa blends Asian, European and Ayurvedic philosophies for services that pamper guests inside and outside. To be truly transported, book the Escape from the City: a four-hour treatment featuring an exfoliating body wrap, a holistic massage,and a remodeling facial.

Haven Spa
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10. Haven Spa

Health and beauty Spas Greenwich Village

One of downtown's most beloved spas, this spot is especially known for its relaxed and comfortable environment. Only have a lunch break to spare? Book one of the Mini Escapes, which encompass anything from massaging a troublesome muscle knot to clearing your pores, all for 30 minutes.

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11. Oasis Day Spa

Health and beauty Spas Midtown

Full-body pampering without breaking the bank is the name of the game at this popular Park Avenue retreat. A dozen different massages are available and special packages for gentlemen, moms-to-be and brides are also on offer, making it a spot that (nearly) every New Yorker can enjoy.

12. Ohm Spa

Health and beauty Spas Downtown

This small, intimate spa focuses primarily on massages, facials and body scrubs, but the staff is best known for personalized attention. Every massage is tailored to your needs, but don't miss the Head-to-Toe Spa combo, which includes any 60-minute massage, any 60-minute facial and a salt scrub for arms and legs.

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13. Spa Nalai

Hotels Chain hotels Midtown West

Nalai means serenity in the language of the Lenape people, the original inhabitants of New York City. And guests will certainly feel calm when they enter this peaceful space on the 25th floor of the Park Hyatt New York. Services here are truly unique: Pre-arrival consultations mean that each treatment is tailored just for you.

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14. Soho Sanctuary

Health and beauty Spas Soho

This downtown spot distinguishes itself from the crowd with its sheer breadth of services. Not only does it offer therapeutic bodywork and facials, but there's also makeup application and waxing, private classes in yoga and pilates, and more. Make note, though: This haven is for women only.

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15. Chuan Body + Soul

Hotels Boutique hotels Midtown West

This sleek spa within Langham Place hotel boasts exclusive Kerstin Florian products and a commitment to techniques used by Traditional Chinese Medicine. The most popular treatment is the Chuan Harmony massage, designed to stimulate balance for the mind, body and soul through therapeutic acupressure.

16. La Prairie

Hotels Chain hotels Midtown West

The only outpost in the Northeast of the cult skincare spa is at the appropriately lavish Ritz-Carlton hotel on Central Park. Book the 50 Central Park Signature Ritual for the ultimate massage featuring scents derived from the lush greenery just across the street. Bonus: If you buy La Prairie products the same day as your service, you're treated to exclusive offers.

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17. Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa

Health and beauty Spas Lenox Hill

Treatments at this luxe Madison Avenue spot center on the grape: Technicians here are even called vinotherapists. And if you're an oenophile, don't miss the crushed cabernet scrub, which features a rubdown with a polish made from grape seed, honey and brown sugar.

18. Bliss Spa

Health and beauty Spas Downtown

Yes, the brand is known for its extensive line of skin-care products, but you can also book a pampering session at any of the three Bliss Spa locations in the city. Don't miss the hot salt-scrub treatment, which features a rubdown with self-heating rosemary and eucalyptus oil, followed by a delightful multi-head Vichy shower.

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19. Red Door Spa

Health and beauty Spas Midtown East

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. The massages are especially luxurious, with guests given heated neck pillows, scented eye pillows and your choice of aromatherapy oil.

20. YeloSpa

Health and beauty Spas Midtown East

This Day-Glo-colored midtown joint takes relaxation a step further with its YeloNap. Take a load off in the zero-gravity Yelo chair, swaddle yourself in cashmere and finish the experience by customizing your aromatherapy and sound settings. For ultimate comfort, you can even add on a reflexology massage.

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21. Mermaid Spa

Health and beauty Spas Brooklyn

How do Russians survive the winter? With plenty of steam rooms, dips in ice water and self-flagellation with birch leaves. And you can find all of that and then some at this Brooklyn joint, which features everything from a giant circular Jacuzzi to two ice-water tile pools to an ice sauna.

Body by Brooklyn
Photograph: Julia Gartland

22. Body by Brooklyn

Health and beauty Spas Clinton Hill

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 steam room, soaking pools, Russian or Swedish saunas, and jacuzzi in the tricked-out wet room.

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