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Columbus Circle, Midtown West, New York, NY

Whether you have a big event or a big date to get ready for, what you probably don’t have is a lot of time. The solution: Salon Ziba, located in Columbus Circle near the Hudson Hotel, Empire Hotel, and the Wellington Hotel. The salon takes walk-ins and early-morning appointments, and, unlike a lot of midtown full-service salons, it’s actually affordable — blowouts start at just $38. Read More »

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Salt cave at the Halo Air spa in New York City

Salt cave at the Halo Air spa in New York City


If New York City wants to get healthier, our Mayor has informed us, we’ve really gotta to lay off the sodium. It’s a message that Ron Rofé, president and founder of Halo/Air Salt Rooms hasn’t exactly taken to heart. Last month, the native Israeli opened up the country’s very first salt therapy spa around the corner from The Chelsea Hotel and The Four Points Sheraton Chelsea and is now inviting guests to sample a therapeutic spin on this oft-misunderstood mineral. Read More »

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Bliss 49 spa at the W New York hotel in Manhattan

Bliss 49 spa at the W New York hotel in Manhattan

Whether your feet are calloused from hiking up and down seemingly endless subways stairs, or feeling flaky from heated indoor air, you can get baby-soft soles with the Foot Patrol Pedicure at Bliss 49. Located inside the still-trendy W New York hotel (there’s a cozy fireplace in the lounge area) it’s also within walking distance from The Waldorf Astoria, Marriott East Side, The Benjamin and Intercontintental The Barclay. Read More »

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You can look like a glamorous New York City socialite, or just a fresher, prettier version of yourself when you drop by The Kimara Ahnert Makeup Studio on 113 Madison Avenue, which is within walking distance of the Marmara Manhattan and the Surrey hotels in the Upper East Side. Makeup artist Kimara Ahnert has worked with stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Isabella Rossellini, and she offers everything from make up lessons to facials to self-tanning applications. The studio almost feels like a lavish apartment with its plush Swiss robes and Louis XIV chairs. Read More »

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Rivington Street in Lower East Side Manhattan, home to Mama Spa & Priti

Rivington Street in Lower East Side Manhattan, home to Mama Spa & Priti

There’s certainly no shortage of places to get massaged, scrubbed and buffed to a high gloss shine in the Big Apple: New York Magazine has lists 682 spas and salons in Manhattan alone, without countless smaller venues still waiting to be profiled.

Surprisingly though, if you’re staying at one of the newer hotels in the Lower East Side—Hotel On Rivington, Thomson LES, Gem Hotel SoHo, for example—you may find it tougher to suss out the best spots (or any spots, really) to get your relaxation on. Don’t stress. While this neighborhood’s spa gems are a bit tougher to spot, they’re worth the extra effort takes to locate them.

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Entrance to the Four Seasons New York, near the Shobha beauty salon

Entrance to the Four Seasons New York, near Shobha beauty salon

Whether you have a romantic weekend ahead or are planning a beach getaway, removing unwanted hair leaves skin feeling smooth (and you feeling sexy). One of my favorite places to go in the city is Shobha on Madison Avenue right next door to the Four Seasons.

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Patrons enjoying some fresh air & tea at GemVie Medispa in New York

Patrons enjoy some fresh air and tea at the GemVie Medispa in New York

The Lost Girls and I recently dropped by GemVie Medispa in Midtown Manhattan, right around the corner from the Morgans hotel. The spa was like an oasis of calm amidst streets clogged with taxis and tourists. Once you’re escorted to the relaxation area, you’ll find a quiet stone patio with chairs for lounging. It offers everything from laser hair removal to chocolate body scrubs. And while most medispas are more apt to mirror a sterile doctor’s office than pampering retreat, GemVie lets you curl up with a cup of herbal tea and soft music in the backdrop to help soothe nerves—whether you’re going for a Swedish massage or chemical peel.

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Shampoo by Philip Kingsley



To get your hair so glossy that you’ll even turn heads among the fashionistas strolling New York’s Fifth Avenue, you might want to visit Philip Kingsley’s clinic – a quick walk from The New York Palace, Omni Berkshire Place and Hotel Elysee in Midtown East. Kingsley, the man who coined the term “bad hair day,” has worked with Hollywood legends such as Audrey Hepburn. Today, he helps keep the manes of starlets such as Kate Winslet and Renee Zellweger camera ready.

Though the space feels a bit more like the sort of medical clinic that it is rather than an ultra-luxurious salon, most clients don’t come to Kingsley for a spa experience. Instead, they’re looking for his expert advice on thinning hair or scalp problems, or on how to give their style a boost to keep hair looking its best.

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View of Madison Ave. on New York's Upper East Side

View of Madison Avenue on New York's Upper East Side

Manhattan’s Upper East Side is known for its Museum Mile, the luxury shops lining Fifth Avenue, and historic hotels offering white-glove service like The Carlyle. You don’t have to be part of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City to know where to go in the neighborhood to get pampered. Here are three of the best-kept secret places to help you keep looking your very best:

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