A spate of new spas has arrived on Long Island recently, some with very distinctive points of view. You can ostensibly blast away fat and wrinkles at one cozy site, while another offers ancient remedies for weary muscles. There's a new very private haven for men, and then there's a grand dame of spas gone all-out mod.
Here are four new spas worth checking out:
The Red Door Spa
Garden City Hotel (45 Seventh St., Garden City), 516-663-7600, reddoorspas.com
Elizabeth Arden opened her first Red Door Spa in 1910 on Fifth Avenue, so it's entirely possible that your great-grandmother had a facial there. But trust us, other than the dedication to old-world service, this is the spa of the future. The 4,000-square-foot establishment in the Garden City Hotel joins three others on Long Island.
The modern space is a pampering planet divided into sections for hair, makeup, manis and pedis (each cushy throne has a phone dock next to it), six treatment rooms and a boutique.
Treatments (emphasis on "treat") include the spa's newest, the "Color4 Light Therapy" facial that uses LED lights to revitalize, firm and smooth. There are 18 other types of facial treatments and free makeup touch-ups afterward. Services also include nine body treatments and waxing. A refurbished saltwater swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym is available to spa goers for a nominal fee, so you can exercise and reward yourself after.
The Color4 Light Therapy facial is $195, the Red Door Signature Facial is $140. A "Triple Rose" hydrating body treatment is $135, manicures start at $45 (five choices) and haircuts with blow-dry are $95.
18/8 Fine Men's Salon
8285 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury Common, 516-543-3818, eighteeneight.com
For all of those guys who have shamefacedly slunk into a women's salon to get their hair cut and colored, or a manicure, 18/8 has arrived. Owned by Paul Tessitore and his wife Randi, 18/8 is a franchise operation with some 20 outposts across the country; this is the first in New York.
It's all very macho, starting with the reception area; once checked in, clients are ushered into a sleek man cave of sorts where they can watch a widescreen TV while sipping wine, espresso or craft beers. One customer chuckled about this: "Little does my wife know my haircut comes with a brew," he said. (It was, by the way, 10 a.m.)
"Manly" face treatments included cleansing, exfoliation and masks. And of course there are those classic straightedge shaves, complete with lather machines and hot towels. In fact, the place is named for the anti-rusting properties of blades.
There's even a grooms' package . . . take that, bridal parties! Prices go from $12 for a nose or ear waxing, to $30 for a manicure or $37 for a shave. Haircuts start at $42 and there are a number of packages.
Blue Horizon Spa
23 Bayview Ave., Manhasset, 516-627-8800, bluehorizonspa.com
This immaculate, unfussy neighborhood spa is all about the touch. Owner April Cui, an experienced massage therapist, has studied Chinese and Korean techniques, but if you can't book her, there are good reports on the rest of her staff. Treatment rooms are painted sky blue for "a peaceful view," says Cui. You will relax.
There are 10 different massages and four facial treatments on the menu. The massages include standbys such as Swedish, hot stone and deep tissue -- along with more interesting varieties such as the Eastern Medicine Massage (trigger points are involved) and the "Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage" in which two therapists work on both sides of the body, mirroring each other.
Prices range from $25 for a 30-minute reflexology treatment to $175 for the 120-minute Eastern Medicine massage.
Prism Med Spa
41 Main St., Roslyn, 516-277-2293, prismmedspa.com
Housed in a 1908 historical building, Prism melds old-world pampering and new technology. Enter the cozy space through a wsomewhat kitschy "living room" furnished mostly in antiques save for a bold white leather couch. High-tech treatments include laser and radio-frequency technology that remove hair, melt fat and tighten skin.
Partners Katherine Sempecos and Elizabeth Manessis, both veteran skin care experts, are fanatical when it comes to skin, so you'll find an extensive spa menu with body treatments, waxing, even a dreamy "Thai ball" massage that combines aromatherapy, Swedish and ancient Thai techniques. Medical director Dr. Maria Levada specializes in natural hormone replacement therapy, vitamin infusions and nutrition and performs Botox and dermal filler injections.
A "Caviar" eye treatment is $75, the 60-minute Thai Massage, $125, and various laser and radio-frequency treatments start at $200.