Resident of New York City and regular Sawubona Contributor, Daniel Scheffler goes on the hunt for ‘Three Perfect Spas’…
1. Exhale Spas.
With seven locations across the city, four of which offer full spa services, Exhale Spas combine wellness with easy access. Their commitment is to life-changing results ‘without having disconnect from daily life’. With an offering of facials (using only the best Innovative Skincare medicinal grade products: www.isclinical.com), as well as massages, acupuncture, Reiki, vibrational therapy, a series of detox specialty services and, of course, the yoga and barre classes all day, it’s the ultimate one-stop shop for wellness. At Central Park South, a nutrition and wellness coach is the perfect partner for advice on balancing life in the busy city.
One of the brand’s latest properties has opened on West 57th close to Central Park – and it includes the Spa Nalai. Up on the 25th floor, the spa comes with balconies with views across Manhattan and features six treatment rooms. With their ‘atelier approach’ to wellness, the experiences here are all custom created and combine ‘holistic rituals and apothecary ingredients’ through ancient elements derived from the earth and run with ancient healing practices from all over the world. Their ‘International Series’ is a limited seasonal menu at the spa that combines cuisine, music and art – a perfect way to find the rhythm of New York within yourself. A highlight here is the hydrotherapy pool, where you can float above the capital of the world.
Right on Fifth Avenue is where the glamour-of-glamour hotel, The Peninsula, recently reopened after a big multimillion-dollar refurbishment. Created as an urban oasis, the spa blends Asian, European and Ayurvedic philosophies to create what they call a ‘unique holistic experience’. With therapies such as the signature ‘deep tissue experience’ and endless Biologique Recherche facials, the glass-enclosed pool and panoramic city views add to the beauty. Their ‘Red Carpet Ready’ day package promises to do all that and more.