Ah, romance. You’d think with all the romantic restaurants, romantic bars and great date ideas in this town, it would be easy to plan a lovecentric affair for you and your beau. But sometimes the planning (and the pressure that comes with it) sucks the fun right out of dating. Solution: Treat your mate to an afternoon of pampering. Some of the best spas in NYC offer incredible couples massage packages, which include everything from rubdowns to facials and most importantly, chocolate and champagne! Sure, booking a service for two might cost you a pretty penny, but the relaxing hours spent with your S.O. is priceless.
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The best couples massage rooms in NYC
You'd be lucky to get pampered in any of the five couples nooks at this spa, where extendable walls that normally divide individual treatment rooms open to reveal side-by-side beds. Candles and fresh flowers set the scene, but the real treat is that your service gives you free access to the spa's six wet and dry lounges. As part of the Couples Aromatherapy Massage, your technicians will work with you to create a custom blend of ailment-curing essential oils—like peppermint for headache relief or lavender to alleviate insomnia—that will be used during your hour-long, Swedish-style rubdowns. To really loosen up, head to the cocktail bar for a glass of champagne or a chocolate martini on the house. $250 per couple; $100 for each additional hour (includes complimentary bottle of champagne and fruit platter).
Most of us can't afford to jet off to Burgundy with our beau for a romantic getaway, but the luxe rooms inside the Plaza Hotel's spa is the next best thing. The dark-wood-paneled enclave allows you to channel a French vineyard while you soak in the hot tub amid flickering candles. During the couples massage and barrel bath, cozy up in the Jacuzzi, spiked with soothing wine and crushed-grape extracts that are said to help maintain skin's elasticity. After you both towel off, hop onto the adjacent massage tables for 50-minute toning rubdowns designed to promote circulation, then wind down on the leather couches inside the wine lounge while sipping a glass of bordeaux from Caudalie’s family vineyard ($10-$15) and nibble on an assortment of fromage ($18-$25). $495 (50 min); $730 (80 min).
Prepare for a romantic escape with this spa’s ultimate couples package ($360): Begin with a relaxing dip in the Jacuzzi followed by a 55-minute body massage. Afterward, nibble on complimentary strawberries, chocolate, and champagne. But if you’re really feeling indulgent, register for additional services, like the Great Escape Deluxe ($199), with the option of a Swedish body massage (40mins) or an express body polish and a rainforest facial.
Want more treatment choices for you and your partner-in-crime? Check out Faina, where there are twelve options for you and your partner to choose from. We suggest the Decadent Duet ($252), which includes a European manicure for her, a European pedicure and foot scrub for him, and a 50-minute joint aromatherapy message, complete with bubbly and decadent chocolate. But if you’re looking for the ultimate pampering sesh, the Champagne Extravaganza for Two ($229) includes a steam shower, a bubbly-rose-body scrub and an aromatherapy body massage (30mins) followed by champagne and chocolate.
Virtually, no luxury is spared for this spa’s Enhanced Romantic Couples Getaway package. Start by sweating it out in the solid jade igloo-style sauna or herbal steam room before taking a champagne-and-fresh-fruit-fueled bubble bath in the Celebrity Room tub. You'll then be led into one of the wet treatment rooms for invigorating full-body scrubs and back to the massage tables for blissful, hour-long Korean rubdowns, combining pressure and stretching applied through a sheet with essential-oil-lubricated long, soothing strokes directly on the skin. A cooling cucumber facemask finishes off the three-and-a-half-hour-long relaxation fest. $500 (normally $555) per couple.
Keeping with the spa’s Turkish theme, the colossal couples space is adorned with cream and white mosaic tiles and boasts nine-foot-high ceilings, a marble infinity tub and an extra-large private shower with multiple jets that hit you at every angle. The Soul to Soul massage for two comes with lots of lavish touches, from plush robes to ice-soaked towels for your foreheads during your 25-minute soak in the rose-petal-strewn Jacuzzi. Afterward, you'll be led to the heated side-by-side massage tables for hour-long Swedish rubdowns that incorporate aromatherapy oils. Top the treatment off with a steamy rinse in the shower together and a cup of mint tea in the relaxation room. $450 on weekdays; $485 on weekends.
Although you can head to this relaxation spot for a solo session, the five rooms are designed with shared treatments in mind (folding partitions open up to create double rooms). The Sunset Room is one of the largest, most private spaces where the dimmed lights and candles will help transcend the less-than-desirable surroundings during a 90-minute couples massage. Make sure you let your technician know if you like a gentler touch, otherwise the pressure during this shiatsu-style rubdown burrows deep into your muscles to work out tough kinks. $180 per couple.