A Simple Guide
to the Best Hotel Spas
When it comes to your Sunday Spa Day, it seemed like the best thing we could do for our fellow New Yorkers (and visitors) was to go straight to the source and give you the information you need without the fluff: the 5 spas located in hotels that you should know about and experience. Read on.
Spa Nalai at the Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt New York opened its doors just a few months ago, yet its one-of-a-kind custom treatment spa is already making a staple as one of New York City’s most remarkable therapeutic environments. Spa Nalai’s signature treatment is founded on the principle of grounding the body to the Earth’s natural surfaces. Think state-of-the-art sand quartz beds, jade stone massages, followed by delicious amuse bouches and Japanese teas. The emphasis on ancient traditions will make any guest feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
Shibui Spa At The Greenwich Hotel
This oasis is nestled perfectly in between the luxurious walls of the Greenwich Hotel, an 88-room stay where every corner drips with light from over the Hudson. Co-founded by Robert De Niro, the hotel and spa (more importantly) lives up to the bravado. The teak and bamboo walls are the first to greet you at this Japanese-inspired spa, which has traditional bathing, Siatsu rooms and a beautiful swimming pool to match.
Cornelia Spa At The Surrey
Any skincare junkie or spa addict knows about the Cornelia Spa. The treatments are multi-faceted and geared towards both the internal well-being as well as external corrective wellness (most spas only focus on the latter). You’ll choose from an array of treatments that can be enhanced by sensorial specialized add-ons including aromatherapy, reflexology and hot stones. The best part might be that they take their skincare very seriously. Unlike other hotels, they have created their own exclusive collection that is dedicated to
pampering your skin to the highest level.
Moonshine Spa At The Le Parker Meridien
Contrary to the name, you’ll be going to a spa, not a speakeasy and instead of indulging in peanuts, nuts and liquor, you’ll take a dive into the more spiritual sides of things (but, you could have a shot if you’d like). There are whiskey shots in the waiting room in case you decide you’d like to kill two birds with one stone (you may need to schedule an afternoon nap), but you’ll know you are experiencing something very unique. Hidden in the underworld of the Parker Meridian, the spas menu is simple which is a nice change from the sea of complicated massage and facial options we so often see today. It’s easy, pick a massage or a facial – and let them tailor make it just for you.
The Spa at the James
From the minute you arrive you’ll know you are somewhere special–leaves dangling from the trees, minimal décor, fluffy white sheets, tables built of raw wood– an urge to relax will start to seep into your body and mind, taking a little bit of time to look around, you’ll be satisfied before anything even begins. Unwind even more with deep tissue therapy or a Swedish massage and ask to have it in what the call “the urban garden,” an area anchored in the southwest corner of Soho – the ultimate artistic urban oasis with sculptures, rustic furnishings and lots of green space. Then head to the rooftop pool to
take a dip.