Wellness Escapes You Need To Experience In The World’s Greatest Metropolis

3 Destinations For De-Stressing in Manhattan.

Big cities are often synonymous with words like hectic, chaotic, exhausting and overwhelming and New York City is perhaps the most notorious of all. Recently however, some of the finest names in Manhattan hospitality have acknowledged how city dwelling can affect our health and are now incorporating wellness options into their offerings. Here are three destinations every Manhattanite and visitor should know about.

The Opulent Option, Baccarat Hotel & Residences & Spa de La Mer


Located directly across from the MoMA, this extravagant hotel exudes French luxury and craftsmanship. They also offer a slew of wellness selections for guests including special dining options including a vegan afternoon tea service and cold pressed juices.

They also offer cell-phone free zones and the incredible Spa de La Mer. Located two levels below ground floors, the spa offers a quiet sanctuary in the city. Upon entering, guests are immediately whisked away to a European seaside retreat and lulled into a peaceful state of mind by the magnificent black and white marble-tiled 55-foot pool, calming ocean sounds, and ambient light. The walls of all four treatment rooms are decorated with hand-painted abstract murals of sea kelp and the spa’s signature treatment is the La Mer Baccarat Facial. Truly a transformative, multi-sensorial facial using La Mer’s cult favorite Miracle Broth™, it is designed to harness the five facets of renewal and relaxation– moisture, regeneration, soothing, smoothing and radiance.

Those looking for a full-body treatment should opt for the La Mer Body Treatment. It is the perfect blend of stretching, shiatsu, acupressure, and Swedish massages aimed to improve circulation, relieve soreness, and promote an overall sense of well being. Completing the unique menu are a variety of relaxing and detoxifying body scrubs, wraps, massages, and facials, guaranteed to fit the unique needs of your skin.

The Cozy Chic Option, The Greenwich Hotel & Shibui Spa


A refreshing departure from Baccarat’s playfully lavish décor is the Greenwich Hotel, home to the acclaimed Shibui Spa. The Greenwich offers numerous wellness incentives including freshly made pure fruit and vegetable juices, healthy dining options and 100% organic spa treatments. Much like its famous co-owner, actor Robert De Niro, the hotel also reflects an appreciation for privacy and discretion, making it the perfect hideaway in the bustling city.

The wood accents, plush chairs, lush greenery, and gorgeous bedrooms decked out in Carrara marble and Morrocan tile are reminiscent of a traditional European country house yet with an undercurrent of technology and upscale amenities to meet the modern needs of guests. The hotel is perfect for those who place a premium on cozy, homey, and deftly designed retreats embodying simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty.

If you venture to their famed Shibui Spa you are immediately transported to Japan. Privacy, natural light, and harmony with nature are enhanced through wood, water, and stone accents, characteristic of Japanese architecture. The Shibui Spa successfully manifests its philosophy of balance — between traditional and modern and between nature and city — offering a perfect oasis for the mind, soul, and body.

Be sure to arrive early to enjoy the lantern-lit pool and steam shower before heading down for your treatment donning a Japanese Yukata robe. Shibui’s signature massage is the Drunken Lotus, a blend of acupressure, Shiatsu, and Thai strokes, intended to release weary and sore muscles while simultaneously nourishing the skin. The Elemental Well-being also comes highly recommended. The treatment is steeped in the five-element theory of Chinese and Japanese medicine — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water — designed to resolve conflicting symptoms within the body and mind. Post-treatment, guests can enjoy a steam shower and take advantage of the spa’s other amenities such as the Lulitonix Juice blends and complimentary tea, water, and dried fruits.

The Jetsetter’s Deluxe Option, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York


Mandarin Oriental, New York’s five-star urban escape perched high above the city offers sweeping views of Central Park and beautifully showcases the elegant Asian-inspired modern décor characteristic of the iconic hotel brand.

This particular property is home to one of only two Forbes Five-Star spas in New York City and the entire hotel group is committed to wellness in numerous ways. From an array of signature restaurants featuring seasonally-inspired menus from a number of celebrity chefs across the hotel group’s portfolio to their global digital wellness initiative, guests are encouraged to surrender their phones upon arrival to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York for the famed Digital Wellness Escape treatment. The program is designed to help guests achieve a more digitally balanced life by offering useful tips from the renowned Mayo Clinic and activities such as journaling, coloring or meditation to encourage mindfulness and digital disconnection.

Each treatment starts and finishes with the gentle chime of Tibetan cymbals and the highly trained therapists draw on ancient and contemporary techniques to bring balance and equilibrium to mind, body, and soul. Their signature therapies include the Oriental Essence, which focuses primarily on relieving neck and shoulder tension. The massage combines Swedish strokes, acupressure, and aromatherapy to induce deep relaxation and reinvigorate the mind and body. For those seeking a serious detox, the Clearing Factor provides just that and more through a customized sequence of intensive clearing and detoxifying therapies. The experience begins with a full body exfoliation using Dead Sea salts and Kama massage oil followed by lymph drainage to encourage movement in the system. Next is a skillful massage that is primarily Swedish, a traditional purifying cupping method, and a black clay wrap to soothe the skin. Gentle moisturization and fresh squeezed juice top off this deluxe treatment.

Originally published at medium.com

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