What better way to take a break from the hard work of tourism than with a relaxing massage, a facial or a sauna at a high-end Midtown spa (but be prepared to splash out).
Enter the ornate and old-world glamour of the lobby of the Lotte New York Palace, then head to the spacious spa and fitness center on the eighth floor. Work out on a treadmill overlooking St Patrick’s cathedral, have a sauna or steam bath, and enjoy a hot compress massage or back treatment.
Located in a townhouse renovated with a high-end Asian feel, The Townhouse Spa has a cozy women’s area in the lower level, a restaurant and nail spa at street level, and a clubby atmosphere for men on the second floor. Enjoy a Shiatsu, Swedish and Stone therapy massage or the signature Townhouse Glow facial.
Skin Spa lives up to it’s name with customized facials, waxing and organic sunless tanning to get you glowing. Experts in lab coats analyze strands of your hair and get a microscopic look at your scalp, then decide what treatments and products might be best for you.
If your wallet is hurting but you’re looking for a high-quality spa experience, try the Dorit Baxter Day Spa near Carnegie Hall, popular with actors and journalists. Ignore the sparse lobby and head upstairs and enjoy relaxing European facials, blissful Dead Sea salt scrubs, and massages using bamboo sticks.