With the New Year, rebirth is a common expectation we try to achieve in the month of January. One way I like to better improve myself is by taking out more time in my life for self-care. The holidays can take a lot out of you—mentally, physically, emotionally. To speed healing, and keep your body in fighting shape for the year ahead, try seeking out a restful, restorative spa treatment. Whether you want to sculpt your facial muscles with firming physiotherapy, stretch your limbs with watsu massage or energize your entire body in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, these newly opened—and soon-to-open—spots combine ancient, holistic wisdom with modern, high-tech touches to deliver a total-body tune-up. Here’s to starting 2020 with a calm, clear head and skin to match.
Shou Sugi Ban House, New York
For a slow-beauty-style Hamptons retreat, head to Shou Sugi Ban House Shou Sugi Ban House in Water Mill, N.Y., an intimate, Japanese-inspired ryokan (or inn) set on three pastoral acres designed by landscape architect Lily Kwong. Itineraries are entirely customized and might include craniosacral massages to break up fascia and align your spine, skin-firming micropuncture facials or ceremonial-like body treatments: The Roots Unbound, for example, starts with a frankincense-, hyssop- and ginger-infused massage to boost immunity and finishes with a fresh serving of digestive bitters (and more plant-based delights await in the restaurant, which is overseen by Danish culinary wonder Mads Refslund).
The Spa at Equinox Hotel
Trekking to Hudson Yards is getting more appealing by the minute now that The Spa at Equinox Hotel has opened, with a top-notch menu—star therapist Thuyen Nguyen is on call for muscle-sculpting physiotherapy face and body massages while in-demand New York dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades curated a highly-potent, plant-based cellular regenerating facial. Also not to miss: The “wave table,” which taps into sound and harmonic resonance therapy to boost brain and energy flow and the private E.Scape pods, with views of the Hudson River where you can bask in collagen-stimulating LED light or rest on a gemstone healing mattress to ease sore muscles.
Aman New York City
Aman junkies rejoice: The hotel group known for its dreamy wellness properties (from thermal onsens in Japan to marble hammams in Morocco) is opening Aman New York City on Fifth Avenue next fall—and you know the spa will live up the hype. Occupying three floors and 24,000-square feet, the space will feature a 20-meter swimming pool bordered with daybeds and a fire pit, and an outdoor terrace overlooking Central Park. The treatments will utilize Aman’s holistic skincare range, which is blended with plants, minerals and earth-derived ingredients (sourced from its properties around the world) and grouped into three healing pathways—Grounding (to calm you), Nourishing (to hydrate you) and Purifying (to detox you). And this being Aman, you can expect plenty of bespoke, anything-is-possible options, too.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a year-round resort and one of the largest in the Hamptons area. It has all the amenities of a full-service spa, coupled with a serene private beachfront location. The resort has long been a favorite Hamptons getaway for New Yorkers, but after an impressive multi-year and multi-million dollar renovation in 2014, it became a sought-after destination for travelers from all over the world. The complete upgrade brought with it two trendy restaurants (including Scarpetta Beach, a sister eatery to the Italian hotspot in Manhattan), a coffee shop, a craft cocktail bar, a revamped beach club, and an enhanced spa. Guestrooms now have a modern, beach-chic feel, and most have a private balcony and ocean view.
With the most all-encompassing and modern spa facilities on the eastern end of Long Island, Gurney’s Seawater Spa is aptly referred to as their ‘seawater sanctuary’. You could spend an entire day rotating between their Roman bath, Finnish rock sauna, Russian steam room, and Swiss shower — and none of these are even the most impressive spa amenity. Seawater Spa’s world-famous indoor pool consists of heated, sand-filtered seawater drawn-in directly from Montauk’s coast. Sleek loungers surround the pool and floor-to-ceiling windows afford sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, its unremitting waves crashing against the golden sandy shores.
Lake Placid: The Whiteface Lodge
Pulling up to the Whiteface Lodge, the first thing you’ll notice is the grand wooden beams of the porte cochère and the warm glow of light emanating from magnificent antler chandeliers hanging from above. If you’re seeking a luxury experience amid mountain terrain, look no further than The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York.
The spacious suite-style set up of the rooms creates a home-away-from-home feeling, where you can truly unwind after a day exploring the outdoors. Sink into the cozy living room sofa, kick your boots off, and warm up by your own private fireplace. Each morning, breakfast at the lodge is served in the grand hall of their restaurant, Kanu. Bold coffee and warm, farm-fresh eggs, and gooey cinnamon rolls provide the perfect sustenance for a day spent in the great outdoors. Sourcing the best ingredients from local upstate farms, every meal in the stately, Adirondacks dining space is top-notch.
If you’re looking to truly relax, make your way downstairs to the lodge’s acclaimed spa, set in a rustic yet tranquil 5,700 square-foot facility. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Spas in North America by Condé Nast Traveler, the Spa at Whiteface Lodge offers a wealth of treatments inspired by Adirondack mountain life, like the highly-popular Apple Cider Masque & Massage. Be sure to allot plenty of time for your spa experience here. Arrive early so you can spend ample time in the sauna and eucalyptus steam, then hang around after your treatment for a dip in their hot tub or heated indoor-outdoor pool.
The Sagamore is an iconic resort on the shores of Lake George in the Adirondacks. The landmark hotel has a prestigious history that dates back to its opening in 1883. Everyone from young honeymooners to distinguished dignitaries has flocked to this lakeside retreat for well over a century. The Sagamore has long prided itself on being a destination resort with a wealth of outdoor activities, Donald Ross-designed 18-hole golf course, luxury spa, and multiple award-winning restaurants. Don’t miss feasting on the Barolo-braised Short Ribs at their signature Italian restaurant, La Bella Vita, or the savory Prime New York Strip at the Club Grill Steakhouse.
The Lake George Spa fully embraces the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. Earthy incense and natural woods create a relaxing, sanctuary-like setting from the moment you walk in. With a focus on rejuvenating both body and spirit, treatments range from an Adirondacks Stone Massage to their Signature Body Pamper Remedy, which begins with a gentle, nature-inspired exfoliation followed by a full body massage using warm shea butter and de-stressing essential oils. Clinical facials, in particular, are a specialty of the spa and treatments include Stem Cell Repair, Collagen Renewal, and Oxygen Detoxifier facials.
After a recent and complete overhaul, The Sagamore Salon was added to the spa facilities. Now guests can enjoy beauty services like haircut & coloring, manicures, and make-up. The spa treatments and salon services combine to make The Sagamore a perfect resort option for friends getaways, special occasions, or celebratory events.