Escape the City Shuffle in these Downtown Manhattan Spas

Behind the bustle of New York’s frenzied streets are some of America’s most innovative and relaxing spa and beauty destinations. Some are tucked away and truly hidden from the city life, while others are easily accessible to travelers and locals alike inside luxury hotels, (such as The Roxy’s very own Blackstones). From traditional Chinese herbal treatments to technologically advanced beauty therapies, there is no lack in variety for finding a relaxing New York beauty and wellness center. Here is a curation of some of our favorite spas and beauty destinations in Manhattan.

Aire Ancient Baths NY

Treatment philosophies at Aire Ancient Baths are rooted in the traditions of ancient Greek and Roman baths. Some of their signature treatments utilize natural materials, like pink Himalayan salts for hot stone massages and body exfoliants. Their “Red Wine Experience” is a Caligulan affair involving a soak and massage in an antique thermal tub filled with Tempranillo grapes, known for their antioxidant properties.

88 Franklin St, New York; T. 646.878.6174; www.ancientbathsny.com

Great Jones Spa

The Water Lounge at this downtown spa is both a stylish hangout and a place to unwind. Weekends are particularly packed with guests clamoring near the lounge’s three-story indoor waterfall that peers over a large cold plunge pool and jacuzzi. Visit during their quieter weekdays for the spa’s detox circuit; an invigorating experience that combines Chakra-light steam and river walk sauna treatments with cold plunge pool and jacuzzi therapies.

29 Great Jones St, New York; T. 212.505.3185; www.gjspa.com

Origo Spa Lounge

Natural Asian elixirs, particularly 2,500 year old Chinese herbal products, are administered for beauty and holistic medicinal treatments at this small boutique spa on Elizabeth Street. Make arrangements the day before your appointment for a table at their Spa Cafe where you can enjoy light lunches, herbal teas and tonics, and fresh juices.

49 Elizabeth St, New York; T. 212.966.2292; www.origospalounge.com

Downtown City Spa

For more technical beauty treatments try Downtown City Spa, where you can book a diamond microdermabrasion and a deep tissue massage on the same day. This spa specializes in laser hair removal, botox and fillers, and lipo-laser therapies. There’s quite a bit of science being practiced here, which is a plus for visitors that want to freshen up and leave looking youthful and rested without sharing a steam room with others.

139 Fulton St, 2nd Floor, Suite 203/204, New York; T. 212.577.6707; www.downtowncityspa.com

Haven Spa

Tucked away on Mercer Street is Haven Spa, a well known spot for its pampering packages like their Spoil Me Rotten and Mommy & Me treatments. You can bring your mom and share a room for half a day while receiving Swedish massages, facial therapies, and European manicures and pedicures. Guests can also register for their “Beauty Collective” and receive free treatments from beauticians in training.

250 Mercer St, New York; T. 212.343.3515; www.havenspa.nyc

Words by Rocky Casale