The Best Spas to Unwind in NYC (Hands Down)

Courtesy of Heyday

New York is my soul city. It’s a place where I feel connected in the way I thought was only reserved for people. Manhattan energizes me, even if I’m only walking to and from a bodega. But despite my adoration for the city that never sleeps, I’ll admit that it could also be exhausting. Getting around the city is a workout, and because the city is constantly on, it can be hard to wind down. All that to say: If you live in New York City and need to decompress and reset, a visit to one of the city’s best spas will help.

From state-of-the-art LED light therapy to an unexpected haven in the heart of Union Square, ahead are seven of the best spas worth splurging on in the city.

Spa de la Mer

Situated inside the ultra-luxurious Baccarat Hotel New York is La Mer spa (I’m obsessed with the brand’s products, albeit the price tag). Experience signature facials like The La Mer Miracle Broth Facial, which incorporates ice, or opt for a Swedish or deep tissue massage, which both use La Mer Body Crème.

28 W. 53rd St., New York

La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa

La Prairie’s six-treatment room spa is nestled inside the Ritz-Carlton New York near Central Park. Why choose between a massage and a facial when you can have both? Now through the end of summer, the spa is offering the customizable Experience La Prairie package, where you can combine two services for a tailor-made treatment that’s less expensive than if you booked separately.

50 Central Park S., New York


Looking for an all-natural, nontoxic facial? Heyday has three services to choose from: a 30-, 50-, or 75-minute facial. We also love stocking up on clean beauty products like One Love Organics from one of Heyday’s three locations. Did we mention the dreamy décor?

The Sisley Spa

Tucked inside The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel on the Upper East Side, is this hidden gem. Experience one of many oxygen facials or massages like reflexology in the four-treatment room spa. PS: Cash in on that wellness day at work. The Sisley Spa has a current promotion, which offers $50 off when you book a 50-minute or more treatment during the week.

35 E. 76th St., 3rd Floor, New York

Dangene The Insitute of Skinovation

If you’re looking for serious care of your skin, visit the state-of-the-art Dangene The Institute of Skinovation. This editor swears by the founder, Dangene, and the managing director, Samantha, who specializes in acne. Here, the team will design a program for your skin and use the most technologically advanced tools you’ve ever seen. Imagine a head-to-toe LightStim Professional LED Bed used to help promote holistic wellness.

66 E. 55th St., 6th Floor, New York

The Guerlain Spa

Psst… The Guerlain Spa recently debuted at The Plaza Hotel, and it has a limited-time promotion for $50 off of a 50-minute service. Take a look at the menu here for services including experiential massages, full-body sugar-based exfoliation, and a signature facial, which includes microdermabrasion.

768 Fifth Ave., New York

The Red Door Salon

The Union Square location of this Elizabeth Arden spa is one of my personal favorites. Once you step inside, you discover that there is a serene and sprawling sanctuary downstairs. Who would have thought? Try an 80-minute Red Door Signature Massage ($200), which includes facial acupressure and foot reflexology.

200 Park Ave. S., New York

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