New York is always a good idea - especially when it comes to spas right? Well, no! It's taken us some time to discover which day spas deliver quality results. These are some of our favorites so far (we hope we have many more good ones to discover)....
BEST APOTHECARY SPA
One of the best apothecary spas is Naturopathica Chelsea where they mix it up with plant-based skincare, herbal concoctions, tonics, and treatments. Knowledgeable staff guide you through the range of skin remedies as you sample elixirs from a Vitality Bar. We love their herbal dispensary and menu of sound bath meditations, aromatherapy workshops and healing facials. Their Alpine Arnica Deep Tissue Massage looks rather tempting too! https://www.naturopathica.com
FACE GYM NOW IN NEW YORK
We're obsessed about this 'book your facial workout' Face Gym brand located at Saks on Fifth and in NoHo. Originating from London, Face Gym offers menu of treatments focused on lifting and sculpting the 40+ facial muscles in our skin. Try a 40-minute Yoga Facial with lymphatic drainage, or a 55-minute Party Facial. You can also pick up lots of cool home-devices here to continue your facial workout at home. https://www.facegym.com
NEW YORK'S BEST BATH HOUSES
Who hasn’t heard of the traditional Russian Bath House in the East Village? While it's not for everyone, some will appreciate its authenticity. At the other end of the scale, Great Jones Spa houses a Water Lounge with hot and cold hydrotherapy, steam, sauna and juice bar. When it comes to super luxe though, Aire Ancient in Tribeca offer an entire floor dedicated to bathing experiences, steam and saunas - it's divine. Bathing is good for the soul.
A SPA WITH A HEALING VIBE
We were invited to experience a healing reiki treatment at Floating Lotus a few years ago and have been coming back for regular soul-saving acupuncture with owner Joel ever since. Situated near Columbus Circle, this 'relaxation station' has a slight hippy vibe and is nicely affordable too. Offerings include holistic massages, floatation therapy, infrared sauna and salt caves. Check their schedule for daily yoga and weekend yoga workshops. http://floatinglotus.com
CHIC FACIAL SPA OPENS IN TRIBECA
Thinkheyday is a niche spa brand with several locations including Tribeca! Founded by Australian-born Adam Ross, Thinkheyday is all about 30, 50 and 70-minute facials with enhancements including microdermabrasion, peels, LED and 'beard therapy' for the blokes. It's fast, easy and affordable. Make sure you check out their collection of niche brands including men’s grooming aids. www.thinkheyday.com
INFRARED SAUNAS AT HIGHER DOSE
When you need a quick detox or an instant glow, then look for a Higher Dose spa. They are the masters of the Infrared Sauna and have been high on our radar for sometime now. Regular sessions in an Infrared Sauna are said to improve our immune system, ease pain, and boost circulation, collagen and vitality. You can now experience Higher Dose sauna culture across the city including SOHO, Wall Street, Tribeca and in several Equinox gym. https://higherdose.com
FACE LOVE FITNESS
These girls behind Face Love Fitness were the first to launch the face fitness concept in New York. It's a super cool brand created by esthetician, Rachel Lang, and holistic practitioner, Heidi Frederick. Face Love Fitness is based on the concept that we need move our bodies to keep toned and fit, so why not our face? Practitioners use Pilates rings, therapy balls and bands and massage to strengthen the facial musics, boost circulation, lift and tone. www.FaceLovefitness.com
MIRACLE FACIAL by Monica Watters
Those in the know head to Monica Watters at Sacred Touch for her wow 'Miracle Facials'. Monica has her own thing going on and blends the best of face-lifting massage with machine-based ultrasound, oxygen therapy, and perhaps reiki and flower remedies. Monica has a wealth of holistic knowledge and will bestow sound nutrition advice through analyzing your skin. Her facials aren't cheap but deliver epic and lasting results. http://www.sacredtouchnewyork.com
EAST WEST FACIAL SPA ON UNION SQAURE
Ling Spa on Union Square has been an institution for years now. Founded by Hong Kong born Ling Chan, this spa offers the best of East and West facials including Oxygen, Micro-current, Radio-Frequency, Ginseng Herbal and Charcoal Detox Facials. New is their Instant Lift Bar for those seeking express boosters. We love their Dual Moisture Emulsion for in-flight hydration. www.lingskincare.com
NAILED IT! Can't get out of the house (or hotel) for whatever reason but need to look your best? We love the Glam Squad for their 'beauty everywhere, anytime concept'. You can book home/hotel delivery blow-outs, make-up and beauty services from 6am-9pm! Prices are very reasonable! https://www.glamsquad.com
We are a team of tuned-in wellness explorers who love to travel the world, seeking and experiencing high-vibraiton healing, spas and retreats, nourishing foods, yoga, dance and fitness - all of which results in a curation of the best of the best in wellness travel.