Everyone needs an excuse to unwind every once in a while, but it can be hard to get away for a real vacation. When it comes to fitting in some quick pampering, nothing is more relaxing than a good day spa. With five boroughs to choose from, New Yorkers are particularly lucky to have a wealth of top-notch spas from which to pick.
Below are some of the best spas in the city, broken down by borough.
Kiehl’s Spa 1851 – This Upper East Side oasis caters to both men and women. One thing that helps them stand out from the crowd is their line of popular products. They also offer a wide variety of facials and skin treatments, including microdermabrasion. Body treatments, eyelash extension and massages round it their list of services, though only a couple styles of massage are offered. They are somewhat pricy, but a worthy indulgence. 64th and Lexington. Multiple subways run close, with the F train only a block away and the N,Q,R and 4,5,6 trains all only four blocks away.
Great Jones Spa – The Water Lounge, which includes a sleek indoor waterfall and exposed brick, helps this luxurious day spa stand out. It includes a sauna, steam room, hot tub and cold plunge. This indulgence can be purchased separately, but by spending over $100 on other services clients can enjoy it free. Waxing is offered for both men and women and prenatal massage is among the long list of massage styles available. There is also a high end hair salon. It is located in downtown Manhattan on Lafayette and Great Jones Street, near the N, R, 6, B, D, F or V trains.
D’Mai – Located on 5th Avenue between Lincoln and St. John’s in Park Slope, this small but luxurious spa is focused on skin care, including a facial they claim is the, “closest thing you can get to a non surgical face lift.” They also offer massages, waxing, and body treatments. With features like solid customer service, a unisex sauna, and asian influenced decor, D’Mai also has small touches like tea and cucumber water that keep clients coming back. The R train is closest but 2,3, B, Q trains are only a few blocks away as well.
Sage Spa – Another small Park Slope spa, Sage Spa features organic facials. The highlight of their services, however, is their multiple women-oriented massages, including pre- and post-natal massages, and massages to induce labor. It is located on 5th Avenue and 7th Street, near the R, F, and G trains.
Studio Esthetique – This high-end and high tech spa is less new age and more modern. It offers a range of medical cosmetic treatments, including botox, laser hair removal, acne treatment and tattoo removal. More traditional facials are offered as well for both men and women. Massages are on their menu as well, but skin care and the more medical treatments are really their focus and what makes them stand out. The spa is located on 2600 Netherland Avenue in the Bronx. It can be reached via the West Side Highway, or the 231st Street 1 train stops a short walk away.
The MJ Treatment – This spa is another one that focuses on being small and intimate. One unusual service is belly casting for pregnant clients. The focus is on relaxation. Though it has a less extensive menu of options than some other spas, it has good service and is also more affordable than some of the other locations in this article. It is located at 2748 Paulding Avenue and is a 10 minute walk from the 2 or the 5 trains.
Spa Castle – Go big or go home at this 100,000 square feet mega-spa, which is so big it has a food court and a shuttle bus service that picks up from 39th Street and Union in Queens. Popular for its extensive water features, including two large spa pools with hot water jets, a non-alcoholic pool bar and even a kid pool, it can get busy on weekends and evenings. There are multiple saunas, each with a different ornate design, including an infrared sauna and an ice room. It even has a fitness center. Multiple facials, body scrubs and treatments are also offered, as are massages. It is located at 131-10 11Ave College Point and can be reached by taking the 7 train to its last stop and then transferring to the shuttle.
Simple Skin Spa – Found at 72-09 Grand Avenue, this day spa is cozy but elegant. Among its cosmetic offerings are lash and brow tinting, air brushed makeup and tanning, and waxing. It also provides standard spa fare, such as various massages, facials and body treatments, including one designed to make the skin of the back glow. Prenatal massage is also offered. Though not easily reached by train, drivers can take I-495 to reach this spa.
Remedi Spa – This is another spa that includes a focus on modern beauty treatments like Botox, juvederm injections, laser hair removal and other cosmetic enhancers. It doesn’t stop there however, and also offers a full range of facials. Treatments include a back “facial,” a facial aimed at teenage skin, and a facial for men. There are also multiple body treatments to choose from, including several that target cellulite. It is located at 4906 Arthur Kill Road and can be reached by car via NY-440, exit 1. The plaza where it is located has a parking lot.
A Touch of Nirvana Wellness Spa – Small and personal, it offers facials, body scrubs and massages. Prenatal and couples massages are among the treatments offered. It is located at 159 Garretson Avenue and unlike Remedi, it is easily accessible via the Staten Island Railroad from the Dongan Hills station.