New Yorkers are always looking for a place to relax and unwind after a busy day or week. While many prefer to book a vacation and escape the city, others can head to one of these spas for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. By John Friia/Examiner
783 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065
While people have fallen in love with the fresh handmade cosmetics from LUSH, many people do not realize that they have two spas in North America. One of them is in the Upper East Side and offers the ultimate LUSH experience. Their eight unique treatments include experiences like The Beatles-inspired "Hard Days Night--" a full body treatment performed to a soundtrack of cleverly reworked songs.
Striving to achieve a higher state of happiness, Bliss Spa offers an array of services. Once people walk into one of their locations, it is hard not to have a feeling of happiness with its bright blue and white colors. Offering facials, body treatments and massages, one of their signature experiences is the 'Blissage" massage -- an unwinding full-body experience that starts with a soothing warm wax foot wrap and a deep tissue massage.
Aire Ancient Baths
88 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
This internationally- known oasis began with the idea to recreate the ancient Greek and Roman bath tradition in the modern era. Aire Ancient Baths offers numerous therapy packages; the base experience includes 90 minutes in the pools, including an ice pool, hot pool, salt water pool and a propeller-jet bath.
The Red Door
There is one spa that has constantly delivered an exceptional experience from the moment they enter to when they leave. The Red Door is more than just the typical day spa, but it is also a medispa. Offering facial cosmetic enhancement, including Botox, Juevderm and Restylane, The Red Door is quintessential health and beauty spa in New York. The Red Door Signature Massage delivers a tranquil experience that incorporates Shea butter cream and foot reflexology.
Premier Spa Castle
115 East 57 St.
New York, NY 10022
Spa Castle Midtown Manhattan is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The first luxury extension of the well-known brand, Premier 57 is focused on creating an environment that is ideal for mind, body and soul. Boasting first-class water-based facilities and various unique sauna treatments, the expansive space has an indoor hydrotherapy pool, an aqua bar and an outdoor pool overlooking the city.
260 Fifth Ave. NYC 10001
Ohm Spa believes in custom-tailoring client treatments. They offer vegan products and organic plant essences with therapeutic fragrances like French Lavender, Indonesian Ginger and Chinese Jasmine. The popular seaweed masque made with green tea and honey is designed to relieve effects of excess sun and premature aging.
88 Roebling & North 7th Brooklyn 11211
Located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, this spa offers a full schedule of yoga classes in addition to body treatments and facials. People come here for skin-brightening facials or special eye treatments to alleviate dark circles.
841 Lexington Ave. NYC 10065
Kiehl's products are already used in tony spas everywhere--so it makes sense that they finally opened their own. This Upper East Side location offers a full line of men's services, too. Sit back for an old fashioned straight razor shave followed by an oil-infused hot towel and moisturizing treatment.
Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones St. NYC 10012
Great Jones Spa believes in the restorative powers of water therapy. Their wet lounge has a 3-story waterfall, a thermal hot tub and cold plunge pool. Patrons use the river rock sauna as an antidote to chilly weather. The seven-light chakra steam is designed to detoxify the body and elevate the spirit.
Mezzanine Medical Day Spa
62 Crosby St. NYC 10012
Mezzanine specializes in light treatments that rejuvenate the skin. Clients come here for Bi-Polar RF energy treatments to reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve skin texture. Intense Pulsed Light technologies are used specifically for "Fotofacials" that brighten skin tone. IPL is also used instead of laser therapy to remove unwanted hair.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.
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