Get some R&R in NYC
From luxurious baths to out-of-this-world massages, these five spas offer everything you need for a well-deserved day of pampering.
If you live in the United States, chances are you’re no stranger to stress — according to the American Psychological Association, while the number of Americans reporting stress has gone down in the last few years, we’re still feeling anxious, and we’re paying for it with our health.
But don’t worry! Attack your stress head on and indulge in a spa day. After all, spas aren’t just spaces for New York’s most glamorous to primp and preen — taking time to relax and rejuvenate can have serious health benefits, too. Massages, for instance, can be an incredibly effective way to manage your stress and re-balance yourself after a long day. Don’t believe us? Just ask the Mayo Clinic!
Health benefits aside, in a city full of incredible amenities, sometimes you just need to treat yourself. Whether you’re in need of some serious destressing, or you’re just looking for a fun way to unwind with some friends, these five highly recommended spas are sure to hit the spot:
Complete with fitness center and rooftop pools, Spa Castle truly is your escape from the ordinary. At the Lavender Beauty Spa, guests can enjoy salt scrubs, body wraps, and more. And on a hot day, nothing could be better than relaxing in one of the many rooftop swimming pools. Try treading water in front of one of the strategically placed personal jets — designed to target pressure points in your body, these jets can improve circulation, aid digestion, and will leave you feeling as weightless out of the water as you felt while in it.
Located in Noho, Great Jones Spa is a unique and relaxing space complete with a hair salon, juice bar, and water lounge. While the entire spa offers a wonderful escape, the water lounge is the main attraction — citing their belief in the healing power of water, Great Jones boasts several underground pools, steam rooms, saunas, and even a waterfall.
Enjoy the serene ambiance while getting a massage or haircut, or take a few hours to rehydrate and detoxify. While entry to the water lounge is complimentary with services over $100, for $50 you can have three hours of access to whichever sauna or pool might suit your fancy.
Russian Baths in East Village
Don’t let their barebones website fool you — the Russian & Turkish Baths is nothing short of an NYC landmark. Open since 1892, the Baths is run by Boris and David, and includes five saunas and steam rooms, a restaurant, a roof deck, and an authentic cold plunge pool. But we recommend visiting during off-hours: according to the New York Times, it can be difficult to get a seat during peak business hours.
Red Door Spa
Complete with two floors, eighteen treatment rooms, a sundeck and an outdoor terrace, The Red Door Salon & Spa certainly helps its guests to relax in style. Owned by the famed Elizabeth Arden, this spa is perfect for beauty fanatics and relaxation seekers alike. Whether you’re searching for a nice, quiet place to get a blowout or you want to detoxify with a purifying full-body seaweed wrap, The Red Door boasts the kind of sophisticated and unparallelled service that is sure to leave you eagerly awaiting your next visit.
Describing itself as “the next generation of spa,” YeloSpa works hard to tailor its treatments to your individual needs. For those who need a moment to relax but don’t have the time to commit to a total spa day, Yelo’s napping cubes are a popular (and practical) solution. Since Yelo believes in a transparent payment plan, clients pay per minute, not per procedure — massages, for instance, are $2.40 per minute, while sleep therapy costs $1.