Spa destinations near NYC
Whatever you are willing to spend for restorative treatments and a feeling of serenity, there is a nearby spa for you. Here are three standout destinations -- at three price levels -- for reviving mind, body and spirit.
Four hours from the city in picturesque Skaneateles, N.Y., the Mirbeau Inn & Spa consists of six buildings clustered around landscaped ponds and gardens patterned after Monet's gardens at Giverny.
You get a lot of luxury for the money at the beautiful Mirbeau. Rooms are cozy, with fireplace.
Mirbeau's rooms have notably large bathrooms equipped with soaking tubs, tiled walk-in showers and plush robes.
Wear your robe down to breakfast (allowed but not required) before heading to Mirbeau's 14,000-square-foot spa building, where you are urged to arrive at least an hour before any scheduled treatments to take advantage of the large Jacuzzi, heated foot pool, herbal-infused steam room, dry sauna and exercise studio with a range of classes, all at no extra charge.
Mirbeau's year-round Aqua Terrace features a hot tub, waterfall, huge fireplace and a wellness bar.
Mirbeau's spa menu includes "vinotherapie" treatments developed by French skin-care specialists at Caudalie, including the Vinoperfect Facial and the Crushed Cabernet Body Scrub.
Mirbeau's 14,000-square-foot spa building includes a resting area.
Mirbeau offers a host of outdoor activities in addition to indoor fitness options such as yoga and strength training.
Mirbeau's spa amenities that include a large Jacuzzi, heated foot pool, dry sauna amd an herbal-infused steam room.
Copperhood Retreat and Spa in Shandanken, N.Y., in the Catskills is just a two-hour drive from New York City.
Rooms with DVD players and complimentary Wi-Fi face the Copperhood's front lawn or the picturesque Esopus Creek and surrounding mountains.
The intimate Copperhood offers quiet communal areas.
Much of the fresh and light food you will eat comes right from Copperhood's own garden.
In addition to Copperhood's regular spa menu (with vegetarian and vegan options), there are supervised raw foods and juice-fasting programs.
When it's time for some pampering, you can choose from Copperhood's large menu of a la carte spa treatments, including nine types of massage and five kinds of body wraps.
Copperhood's indoor fitness classes include the usual suspects (yoga, Pilates) and activities you may have always wanted to try (African dancing, fencing).
Copperhood guests are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful surroundings with plenty of year-round outdoor fitness offerings, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, daylong hikes, fly-fishing and biking.
The 58-acre Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, Conn., consists of 30 lavishly appointed guest rooms in four buildings on a magnificent country estate.
At the Mayflower, you will search for inner peace knowing that at the end of the day you'll be retiring to a sleeping chamber with an antique Oriental rug, four-poster feather-top bed and marble bath with Limoges fittings.
Mayflower common lounging areas include plump, upholstered furniture.
Spa features at the Mayflower include an indoor pool, a mosaic domed whirlpool tub, exercise studios, treatment rooms, a salon and a shop that sells high-end knitwear from Brunello Cucinelli, as well as the Mayflower Inn's signature spa products.
While many hotel spas offer day passes, the Mayflower's spa facilities -- including the Thermal Sanctuary -- are never open to the public.
Dinner in Mayflower's restaurant is a multicourse affair, paired with fine wines by the sommelier, if you'd like. The more casual Tap Room offers seasonal and local pub food.
When it comes to food at the Mayflower, you can be as virtuous or indulgent as you'd like. Many ingredients are organic, artisanal and locally sourced.