Health and Wellness: Five of The Best Spas in New York City

Winter is here, and once we settle into the most frigid of seasons our skin will begin to take a beating and we’ll look to seek refuge in warm places as often as possible. Luckily, New York City offers no shortage of world-class spas to duck into anytime our bodies are in need of some extra tender love and care, which should be the case on at least a couple of occasions the next few months. Here are our top five that repeatedly show up on highly respected best-of lists:

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This Korean-style spa house in an enormous complex is almost reminiscent of a carnival—and is likely to be just as much fun. The first floor features separate bathing areas for men and women, while the second and third floors have a coed water park and a handful of themed saunas. Not only can you get a top-notch shiatsu massage, but you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Korean restaurant.

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4. Greenhouse Holistic
88 Roebling Street between North 6th and 7th Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Doubling as a yoga studio, this location—one of three in Brooklyn—offers several massage therapies, including sports, hot stone, deep tissue, Swedish, even pre- and post-natal along with customized sessions. There’s also a sauna on the grounds, while staff and services are said to be marvelous.

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 3. Ohm Spa & Lounge
260 5th Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets, 5th Floor

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This charming, boutique spa specializes in massages, facials and nail services, but makes this list due to the staff’s reputation for giving outstanding personal attention. Every massage is tailored to the client’s needs, and they offer a special head-to-toe service package, which includes any 60-minute massage, any 60-minute facial, a 50-minute pedicure and 30-minute manicure for $279. Other exquisite treatments include the hot stone massage, the deep Swedish massage and their signature Manuka honey facial. 

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2. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

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With chic private suites, a jeweled sauna, a vitality pool, and remarkable Central Park views, this is one of the city’s premiere day spas and one of the most luxurious places to relax. Body treatments include personalized ocean and earth body wraps, along with ginger, mandarin and frankincense scrubs. The vitamin infusion facial is a must, and there’s an organic sunless tan to try. There are plenty of massages—like the aromatherapy and Thai yoga—and you can book one of their “journey” or “suite experience” packages: three hours plus of themed treatments that include scrubs, massages and tub soaks.

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1. Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones St, New York

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Offering luxurious massages, manicures and facials along with access to their highly touted water lounge, the treatments at the Great Jones Spa themselves are also widely regarded as among the city’s best. Try the rock river facial, complete with a cold and heated stone wash followed by a repairing mask. The aromatherapy massage utilizes scented oils that are heated, promoting optimum relaxation. There’s also the rosemary citron sea salt scrub: a vigorous complete body scrub using rosemary, lemon peel and safflower seed oil. Inside the 15,000-square-foot paradise you can even get a haircut while treating yourself to a coconut manicure.

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For more great spa suggestions, visit Gothamist, New York Magazine’s website and Time Out New York