The pool at ESPA, the spa at the Peninsula Hotel...

The pool at ESPA, the spa at the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan. Credit: The Peninsula Hotel

Most New Yorkers have a hard time mastering the art of relaxation. Luckily, there are five-star hotel spas throughout the city that specialize in wellness and stress relief. Whether you're looking for Asian-inspired therapies, the latest in facial technology or some good old Trump-style pampering, the city's hotel spas deliver the goods. Book into one of these oases -- for a treatment or a weekend -- and take the deep breath you deserve.



WHAT With breathtaking views overlooking Central Park, the Mandarin Oriental Spa is a calming escape from the hustle of midtown. Decorated in elegant marble, silk and chiffon, and accented with delicate orchids, the spa recently introduced new facial technology featuring microcurrent, ultrasound, and LED light therapy, enhancing an already healthy menu of body treatments.

WHERE Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

INFO Massages from $220, facials from $225. 212-805-8880;



WHAT Ranked No. 1 U.S. Hotel Spa by Condé Nast Traveler this year, The Peninsula's ESPA combines Asian, European and ayurvedic techniques for a rounded experience. Take a morning yoga class, lounge at the pool, order a spa lunch on the new outdoor Sun Terrace or just luxuriate in the calming relaxation room post-treatment.

WHERE The Peninsula, 700 Fifth Ave. at 55th Street.

INFO Massages and facials from $195; 212-903-3910,



WHAT With an entire hotel suite dedicated to each guest's treatment, this spa within the iconic Waldorf-Astoria is all about pampered bliss. The spa focuses on customized treatments that suit individual needs. The use of an adjacent fitness center and Guerlain products post-therapy make this spa perfect for a solid dose of midday wellness.

WHERE The Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Ave. at 49th Street

INFO Massages from $200, facials from $210; 212-872-7200;



WHAT The Japanese-inspired Shibui occupies a lantern-lit space anchored by a glowing 40-foot swimming pool and lounge beneath TriBeCa's Greenwich Hotel. The signature Drunken Lotus massage uses white lotus, sake, jojoba and cucumber seed to relax muscles and nourish skin, while the Bamboo Glow -- a scrub, bath, and massage using bamboo sap, gingergrass, sea algae, and yuzu -- is the ultimate in relaxation.

WHERE The Greenwich Hotel, 375 Greenwich St.

INFO Massages and facials from $165; 646-203-0045,



WHAT Capitalizing on the success of its spa at the Trump Soho, Trump International Hotel & Tower New York off Columbus Circle just unveiled its renovated spa. With a 55-foot, heated lap pool, treatment rooms and steam and sauna facilities, this is a Trump endeavor everyone can embrace.

WHERE Trump International Hotel & Tower, 1 Central Park West.

INFO Massages from $180, facials from $185; 212-299-1000,


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