This week, we’re using Oyster.com to take a look at the Best Hotel Spas in New York City. Personally, I’d love to spend some rest and relaxation time in the Big Apple, but preferably when it’s a little warmer!
1. Mandarin Oriental, New York
- Price: $991/night
This gorgeous spa, with Asian accents and fresh orchids throughout, offers a full range of treatments, from manicures to massages. A 50-minute massage runs over $200, and most treatments are over $300. But if you purchase a spa treatment, you also get access to Experience Showers, an Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, and a Vitality Pool. (Only guests staying in suites have free access to these facilities; other guests can pay $50 per stay to use them.) For the ultimate in luxury, guests can book a private, 650-square-foot VIP spa suite that replicates an Asian-style home and has its own fireplace, elevated bath, steam shower, and dual massage beds.
2. Affinia Dumont
- Price: $337/night
The Dumont’s Oasis Day Spa is world-class, as you might expect at a hotel whose focus is fitness and wellness. It offers massages, skin care, and body treatments, and the dark inner sanctum has plenty of candles and a healthy dose of soothing, Asian-influenced spa music.
3. The Plaza
- Price: $838/night
Similar to its other locations in Bordeaux and Spain, the 8,000-square-foot Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza focuses on all-natural, grape-based treatments. (The wine theme comes naturally for the French founders, who own the Bordeaux vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.) Crushed Cabernet scrubs can be followed up with a glass of wine. The spa has received a flurry of media coverage since it opened in October 2008.
4. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
- Price: $802/night
Sense Spa just opened this newly renovated facility in October 2008. It has a sparkly, mosaic-tiled staircase that leads guests to its beautiful treatment rooms below, where Sisley products enhance the wide range of spa treatments. The prices aren’t likely to enhance your serenity — they start at $280. Given about 24 hours’ notice, though, the spa can arrange treatments at almost any time of day for guests. If you arrive at 6:45 a.m. and need 90 minutes of Sento Vital Flow to refresh, they’ll make it work.
- Price: $359/night
Dream’s Chopra Center & Spa is a yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic spa facility spun off from celebrity guru Deepak Chopra’s original California location. The spa’s Ayurvedic therapies use oils, herbs, and aromas supposedly tailored to each customer.
6. The Benjamin
- Price: $467/night
The Benjamin, one of the themed Affinia hotels, is dedicated to providing its guests with a restful night’s sleep. Its in-house, full-service Affinia Wellness Spa offers signature sleep-enhancing treatments like the Sleep Well-Ness Massage (50 min., $130) and Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Facial (50 min., $130). In-room massages are available for an extra $40 on top of the regular fee.
7. The Waldorf Astoria
- Price: $450/night
The 14,000-square-foot Guerlain Spa, one of two in the U.S., the other being at the posh Regent Bal Harbour hotel in Miami, opened in September 2008 and offers a wide range of luxurious treatments using the Guerlain brand’s signature products. Most spa treatments (including those tailored for men) cost $300 to $500, but the highest of the high-end experiences is the $2,175 Sublime Deluxe transforming day experience, which lasts seven hours and 45 minutes.
8. W New York
- Price: $443/night
The W New York houses one of the city’s most popular spas, Bliss, which originated in New York but has now expanded into franchises all over the world (usually in conjunction with W Hotels). Located on the hotel’s fourth floor, this brightly lit spa with cloud-covered walls and a happy blue color scheme has an extensive menu of available treatments. Compared to other luxury hotel spas, the prices are reasonable – manicures start at $25, massages at $70, and waxes at $15. There is also a Bliss boutique on the first floor of the hotel, and all guests receive complimentary Bliss toiletries. Note that the other W properties in Manhattan don’t have spas, so spa junkies should be sure to check in to this location.