There's no place better to treat yourself to a spa day.
There's no better reason to spend a day at the spa than an upcoming wedding. Aside from the variety of stress-relieving benefits, a spa day (or two) can also help jumpstart your pre-wedding beauty regimen. And New York City is the perfect spot to do just that—Manhattan is home to some of the best skincare and wellness specialists in the world. Clear a weekend for your bachelorette party and take your girls to the pampering mecca that is Great Jones Spa for manicures and pedicures, or bring your fiancé with you to Aire Ancient Baths to soak in a red wine and enjoy a couple's massage.
Of course, you can go it alone, too. Choose one of these great spas for some much-deserved "me" time. Maybe you'd like to book a customized facial at Spa Nalai, or a detoxifying Ayurvedic body wrap at Pratima Spa. No matter where you go and whichever treatment you book, you're sure to leave feeling refreshed and recharged. If you're already in town, know that just stepping into one of the spas on our list will bring you a sense of immediate calm from the hustle and bustle of the city. Traveling for your R&R? You'll get that and so much more. Each of these sound-proof, incense-smelling, candlelit oases make pampering and relaxation their top priorities.
Here, we've highlighted our top ten all-time favorite NYC spas that you will love to visit before your wedding, plus our favorite treatments at each.
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Aire Ancient Baths
This Tribeca retreat is modeled after an ancient Roman-inspired bathhouse. Their most luxurious treatment, the Red Wine Experience, takes advantage of the antioxidant-filled benefits of grapes, all of which come from Spain. It begins with a bath, in which you soak in red wine while sitting in an antique thermal tub, followed by a body massage with grapeseed oil. Just make sure you arrive early: You'll want to enjoy the hot and cold pools before first.
From $450, ancientbathsny.com.
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Spa Nalai at the Park Hyatt
Locals and out-of-towners check into Park Hyatt New York's twenty-fifth floor spa for their Ultimate Renewal Facial, which first exfoliates, then delivers skin-rejuvenating serums and oxygen to help speed up cell turnover and create an inimitable glow. If you end up loving it as much as we do, buy one of their facial package (a series of either of five or ten) to ensure your complexion is as close to perfection as possible by your wedding day.
From $495 for the Ultimate Renewal Facial, newyork.parkhyatt.com.
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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
This Eastern oasis is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese medicine, so you'll find its impact throughout their variety of treatments. Try the Thai Yoga Massage (a combination of yoga and stretching plus acupressure) or the Calm Mind Retreat (a calming back, shoulder, neck, and face massage that's meant to balance your energy). The latter is perfect for brides-to-be looking to de-stress from wedding planning.
From $365 for the Thai Yoga Massage, $345 for the Calm Mind Retreat, mandarinoriental.com.
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You'll find everyone from brides-to-be to beauty editors on the twenty-first floor of the Peninsula Hotel, headed to the spa for the coveted Biologique Recherche face and body treatments. The Total Body Lift uses essential oils to increase circulation, tone, and sculpt the body for a refined, firmed texture. Wearing a strapless wedding dress? Consider the Back to Life Experience your miracle worker—it will help eliminate hyperpigmentation or acne on your back and shoulders.
From $460 for the Total Body Lift, from $160 for the Back to Life Experience, newyork.peninsula.com.
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La Maison Caudalie
Thanks to its newest location in the Meatpacking District, Caudalie now has two New York City spas. The first, L'appartement Caudalie on Madison Avenue, makes you feel like you're hanging out at your chicest friend's apartment. The second, situated between the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Standard, contains a French café and wine bar that serves La Colombe coffee, Le Palais de Thes tea, and Balthazar pastries. Both locations, however, offer our favorite glow-getting treatment, the Premier Cru facial, which is perfect for transforming dull skin and fine lines into a radiant wedding-day complexion.
$140 for the Premier Cru facial, us.caudalie.com.
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For the celebrity treatment (literally, this is where Karlie Kloss to Rachel Weisz go before walking the red carpet), make an appointment at Joanna Vargas' midtown salon. She's most popular for her Triple Crown Facial, a treatment that includes microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and oxygen to firm and refresh the skin. You can also lay inside her LED Therapy Bed, which uses red and blue light to eradicate hyperpigmentation and acne.
From $250 for the Triple Crown Facial, from $150 for LED light therapy treatments, joannavargas.com.
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Great Jones Spa
Grab your bridesmaids and spend a day at this huge NoHo oasis. Unwind in the Water Lounge (which includes a three-story waterfall, hot tub, cold-plunge pool), River Rock sauna, and a Chakra-Light steam room. Then treat your girls to manicures and pedicures or one of their life-changing massages (we love the deep tissue) for utter relaxation and tension relief.
From $145 for the Deep Tissue Massage, gjspa.com.
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Shibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel
The Greenwich Hotel's spa has that chic, understated vibe that only can come from maintaining a Japanese aesthetic. The dimly lit swimming pool, surrounded by bamboo and wood, is the perfect place to luxuriate while waiting for your service. Try the Bamboo Glow body treatment: It starts with an exfoliating bamboo and ginger grass scrub, includes a private algae shower and a hinoki-mint mineral bath, and ends with a bergamot, vetiver, and Japanese lime massage. But whatever treatment you get, you can always add on a bath soak, whether the hinoki mint, cherry blossom, or hot sake—all of which leave you feeling refreshed and calm when you venture back into the real world a few hours later.
$425 for the Bamboo Glow Body Treatment, thegreenwichhotel.com.
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For the most comprehensive Ayurvedic treatments, take the subway south to Pratima's SoHo wellness clinic and spa. For a major pre-wedding lifestyle overhaul, book a wellness consultation with Dr. Pratima Raichur to give your skin, mood, and energy a major boost through holistic Ayurvedic remedies. Then try her detoxifying facials, essential oil massages, scalp treatments, or detoxifying body treatments for inner and outer radiance from head to toe.
$216 for the first wellness consultation, pratimaskincare.com.
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The Red Door Salon & Spa
At this iconic Fifth Avenue spa, you can be sure that whatever treatment you get (and you can get anything, from olive oil manicures and warm cream pedicures to hair conditioning treatments and seaweed wraps) you'll be sure to leave satisfied. We're especially fond of the Triple Rose Hydrating Body Treatment, which involves an olive scrub, and an application of rose oil and rose cream for intense hydration.
$135 for the Triple Rose Hydrating Body Treatment, thereddoor.com.