The best spas in NYC

These are the best spas in NYC, from hot saunas to cold pools and everything else in between. Go ahead and relax!

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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, take advantage of your New York staycations or get inspired with birthday party 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

This Spanish import aims to bring the traditional bath experience to New York with the first overseas location of its luxury bathhouse 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.

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Tribeca
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Greenwich Hotel

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

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East Village
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Cornelia Spa at the Surrey

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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Lenox Hill
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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

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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Upper West Side
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The Peninsula Spa

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.

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Midtown East
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Haven Spa

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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Greenwich Village
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Oasis Day Spa

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.

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Midtown
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Ohm Spa

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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Downtown
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Spa Nalai

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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Midtown West
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Comments

17 comments
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

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

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

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

Kira S

Also ask for first time customer discount , you can get 10% off.

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

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 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

@Ava L Elite Day Spa offers a first time customer special! Deep tissue massage is just $49!

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

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 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

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

@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

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.