Loosen up at these three New York luxury spas

by Andrew Hickey on February 18, 2010

The Spa in the Mandarin Oriental, New York

The Spa in the Mandarin Oriental, New York

They say that New York is the city that never sleeps. While that might be true, locals do enjoy some downtime at the numerous luxurious spas that our Big Apple boasts. From day spas to hotel spas, we got you covered with three destinations that you need to check out when attempting to recharge your batteries after a long day of wandering around NYC:

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental: When it comes to luxury, the Mandarin Oriental’s 35th floor spa has it down to a science. The views alone are outstanding – the rooms provide spectacular bird’s eye views of Central Park and the Hudson River. Services include Ayurvedic skin and body treatments, various massages and acupressure. Guests are asked to book 90-minute services when making their appointment. This 14,500 square foot space comes with a price, however, so you might need an extra massage or two after realizing how much you dropped here. But hey it’s all worth it, right? 80 Columbus Circle. Complete the splurge with a stay at the Mandarin Oriental.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa: Most people are familiar with this spa now that it has branched out to more than 20 locations nationwide. But it all started here in New York City back in 1910 when a nurse named Elizabeth Arden opened one of the city’s first spas, using (guess what) a red door as its trademark symbol. My wife swears by Irene, who is an esthetician, so ask for her when you book your next facial or massage. Other treatments include eyebrow shaping, various waxing procedures and the spa even offers a hair and nail salon on site. Prices are moderate as far as NYC luxury spas go, so you can get rubbed sans guilt. 691 Fifth Avenue. Stay nearby at the Peninsula New York.

Oasis Day Spa: With three locations throughout New York (two in Midtown and one in Westchester, NY), Oasis has grown tremendously since it opened as a chair-massage family business a little over a decade ago. The largest and most popular location on Park Avenue is well known for its soothing on-target skin and body treatments that include over a dozen type of massages, various waxing procedures and body bronzing. Prices are more affordable than you would think for a spa located at such a ritzy address. 1 Park Avenue. Stay nearby at the Affinia Dumont (which also has an Oasis Day Spa on site).

- Andrew Hickey of The Brooklyn Nomad

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