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March 28, 2007updated Nov 27, 2015

The 5 Best Spas in New York

By Chris Boyle


Wine Lounge

Treatment and facilities: On the fourth floor of the landmark Plaza hotel is the Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa, a paradise of warm wood, relaxing dark stones and symbolic vine sculptures.

Here, trained vinotherapists use grapes to relax the mind and revive the skin with treatments reminiscent of wineries and châteaux. The spa features 14 treatment rooms, a private VIP room for two, a signature barrel bath, two hammams and an exclusive French Paradox Wine Lounge, the perfect place to unwind before or after treatments.

Signature treatments: The Crushed Cabernet Scrub uses grape seeds, honey and brown sugar to drain the skin of toxins while nourishing and softening it. Other treatments include the Vinoperfect Facial, the Honey and Wine Wrap and the Wine Maker’s Massage.


Treatment and facilities: Spanning the entire fourth floor of The Setai Fifth Avenue with more than 11,500 square feet of space, the Auriga spa transcends the typical urban wellness facility.

Here you’ll find 11 private treatment rooms, wet rooms, experiential showers, a vitality pool, sauna, steam room and hammam.

Signature treatments: Featuring four signature treatments that reflect the varying energies of the lunar cycle, Auriga is a tranquil retreat of nourishment that balances the chaotic rhythms of New York City. These four treatments are New Moon (The Beginning), Waxing Moon (Sowing the Seeds), Full Moon (The Height) and Waning Moon (Cleansing).

Jackie Nixon

+1 212 695 4005


Treatment and facilities: The Carlyle’s glamorous Art Deco style extends into its Sense spa designed by Mark Zeff.

With five treatment rooms, a couple’s suite, fitness center, an Yves Durif salon and Sisley skincare products, it’s perfect for anyone seeking an intimate wellness refuge in the city.

Signature treatment: The Carlyle Signature Ritual is a luxury breakthrough in anti-ageing facials. Fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out and the result is a toned, firm and even complexion. This rejuvenating facial is followed by the spa’s signature hand and foot treatment, which relieves tension and leaves hands and feet supple and soft.

Erich Steinbock, Hotel Managing Director

+1 212 766 1600

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, 35 East 76th Street


Exhale Spa

Treatment and facilities: Exhale has crafted a range of unique therapies designed to improve wellness of both mind and body.

Their menu includes a Core Fusion fitness program, yoga sessions, skin care and body therapies, healing treatments, nutrition and detox programs and more. With16 therapy rooms, two 1,200-square-foot studios and a chic space for manicures and pedicures, this spa is the perfect spot to calm your mind and tone and treat your body.

Signature treatment: The Smart Peel facial is a science-based therapy targeting the skin at the molecular level. This breakthrough approach uses a tailored blend of protective, corrective and cell-stimulating ingredients to treat sun damage, wrinkles, acne scarring and hyper pigmentation.

Holly Hatfield, Spa Director

+1 212 249 3000

150 Central Park South


the Spa at Mandarin oriental , ne w yor k

Treatment and facilities: This five-star spa combines ancient and contemporary techniques in customized therapies designed to help you achieve your personal equilibrium.

Facilities include six treatment rooms with private showers, a Thai Yoga Suite with soaking tub and a VIP Spa Suite with fireplace and private steam room, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and 75-foot naturally lit indoor lap pool.

Signature treatment: During the signature Oriental Harmony treatment, four hands will work in perfect unison to smooth and nourish your skin with a warm scrub, followed by a perfectly balanced massage. Finish up with a simultaneous head and foot massage, to clear the mind and re-energize the body.

Denise Vitiello, Spa Director

+1 212 805 8880

Mandarin Oriental, New York, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

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