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The best spas in NYC

Find top notch saunas, cold pools and deep massages at the best spas in NYC

Edited by
Will Gleason
Written by
Jen Chase
,
Juliet Izon
&
Gerrish Lopez
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Who isn't stressed out these days? Congrats if smooth sailing is your norm, but we New Yorkers are constantly on the go, and frequently frazzled. Whether it’s the daily grind, staying on top of the trendiest new restaurants, or just the sheer effort it takes to get around the city on some days, living here can wear you out. Even the quest for zen (haven't we all tried the latest meditation and yoga apps?) can be draining. Sometimes you need a full-on luxurious pampering. For serious serenity, the best spas in NYC offer facilities and treatments that will set you on the path to stress-free bliss.

While taking a weekend getaway can help you leave the city behind and chill out, the planning process can actually increase your stress levels. A one or two hour spa treatment, on the other hand, can be a quick fix to melt away that built-up stress. New York boasts some of the most luxurious spas around, with some offering a full day of complete relaxation from head to toe. 

From mani-pedis and brightening facials to full-body massages of all types and innovative treatments involving stones, sticks and more, these NYC spas have it all. Steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools and relaxation areas complete the experience. Make a day of it and treat yourself — it’s totally worth it. For something a little more reasonable, check out our list of affordable NYC spa treatments. But you deserve the pampering, you can thank us later.

Best spas in NYC

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Tribeca
  • price 3 of 4

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? 

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Tribeca
  • price 4 of 4

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. Upon entering the area, past the glass-encased gym, and through the locker room, meet the floor’s focal point: a tranquil lantern-lit pool. 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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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • The Bronx
Based on the five elements of Chinese medicine, The MJ Treatment specialized on holistic healing, wellness and balance by offering a wide range of treatments, including massages, facials, body scrubs and mud wraps, detox, waxing, Reiki, spa parties, belly and body casting and much more. The five-room spa is known for its great customer service, too.
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  • Spas
  • Astoria

This Brazilian spa is an oasis for Astorians looking to get some primping and relaxation done. Located on busy Steinway Street, once you step into the salon-spa, you're whisked into dark, private rooms where you can enjoy incredible facials (from acne relief to microdermabrasion), massages (Swedish to sport) and a number of beauty care services, including waxing, eyelash extensions and more. It's a clean, contemporary and professional one-stop-shop you can count on when you need some me-time.

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  • Spas
  • Queens
  • price 3 of 4

This expansive wonderland in College Point, Queens, has taken on near-legendary status in NYC, partly for its quirky layout and partly because it attracts a diverse following, with frat boys and families among the patrons. On its first floor are separate nude bathing and showering areas for men and women. To meander through the rest of the complex, you'll don special "uniforms" (pink tees and orange shorts for ladies, gray shirts and blue bottoms for gents). On the second and third floors, you'll find a coed, year-round outdoor water park (bathing suits compulsory) with all manner of heated jets, whirlpools and showers. Inside, there are seven themed saunas; one might have healing minerals in it, while another may feature colored lighting (you select the therapeutic illumination yourself). Bring some friends and make a day of it; once you pay the entry rate, you can have a crazy adventure while snacking on dumplings.

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Queens

Rego Beauty Spa is beloved for its incredible massages, including its hot-stone, shiatsu, Swedish, Ayurvedic massages, for singles and couples. This high-demand spa is both affordable, clean and comfortable and has a friendly staff and receptionists. Make sure to book in advance as appointments fill up quickly!

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  • Spas
  • Greenpoint

Brooklynites don’t want for anything these days—not even a luxurious day spa. Located in Greenpoint, this small spa offers a full-size menu of indulgent services: facials, body scrubs, massages and reflexology, all at comparatively gentle prices. Try a detoxing facial for $50 or "Pure Qi Detoxifying" package for $165 that includes a 60-minute body wrap, a 60-minute anti-stress massage and 40-minute reflexology session. You can add hot stone massage to any service for just $10.

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  • Spas
  • Noho
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • 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.

  • 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 involves a skincare consultation and facial reflexology that will leave you feeling radiant; and the sugar polish will leave you feeling smoother than ever. 

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  • Spas
  • Midtown West

You'll forget that you're even in Manhattan within moments of entering this peaceful, opulent spa. 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; a comprehensive, two-hour Body Lift massage in the scent of your choice with an included face mask  and many more. 

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Upper West Side
  • price 4 of 4

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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  • Greenwich Village
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • Spas
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

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.

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Civic Center
  • price 4 of 4

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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  • Chain hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

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.

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Soho
  • price 4 of 4

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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  • Hotels
  • Chain hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

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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  • Spas
  • Brooklyn
  • price 2 of 4

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.

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  • Spas
  • Clinton Hill
  • price 4 of 4

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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