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July 24, 2017updated May 22, 2020

Spa of the Week: The Peninsula Spa

By Kristen Shirley

By Kristen Shirley

Unlike many city spas who are pressed for space and have limited facilities, The Peninsula Spa is a destination on its own, and is also a member’s club for discerning New Yorkers. Arrive 60 minutes early to ensure you are completely relaxed before your treatment. Enjoy a pre-spa ritual of your choice, incorporating the aromatherapy steam room, sauna, experience shower (different temperatures and pressure) and to cool off, an ice fountain.

The Spa also has spectacular facilities available to hotel guests and to day spa guests (who book a minimum of two hours of services), so take an indulgent day and enjoy the fitness area, glass-enclosed pool, and stunning sun terrace on the 21st floor — the perfect place to enjoy your spa lunch in the summer. We recommend the day retreats, which are nicely balanced by the spa. You can prepare for a big event with the Red-Carpet Ready Retreat (including facial, body scrub and wrap, blowout, makeup application and spa lunch) or escape from the city with the De-Stress Retreat (body scrub, tension-relief massage, facial and spa lunch). The Spa has excellent, results-oriented facials using several prestigious skincare brands, including MBR (Medical Beauty Research) and Biologique Recherche. Directly following your treatment, head to the relaxation room and curl up in an incredibly comfortable bed with individualized lighting and music. Don’t be surprised if you nod off — the post-treatment-nap record is currently five hours.  

The Peninsula New York Spa is located at 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street in New York. For reservations, please call +1 212 903 3910 or email

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