The Twofer: Facial + Manicure = $99
- Savor Spa
327 W. 11th St., at Greenwich St.; 212-304-2887
For this quickie Friday-night beauty fix, an aesthetician pairs a skin-brightening, antioxidant- packed serum from the organic Om Aroma skin-care line with a rich honey mask, leaving skin peachy-fresh-feeling. But the real highlight is the seven-point face-and-neck massage: It hits all the right spots, alleviating a workweek’s worth of clenched-jaw tension.
The Three-in-One: Lash Extensions + Manicure + Pedicure = $350
- Courtney Akai Lash Boutique
594 Broadway, at Prince St., Ste. 610; 212-226-2166
The lash master’s new space has the same dollhouse appeal as her first salon, with the bonus of nail services. While Akai applies faux lashes, manicurist Selena Reyes goes to town on your hands and feet. The mani-pedi massages make the 90-minute application feel downright short—not to mention bearable for anxious types.
The Four-Pack: LED Light Slimming + Pulsation + Hyperbaric Oxygen + Workout = $320
- Pure Flow
791 Madison Ave., at 66th St., fifth fl.; 212-737-0070
LED-lit pads, placed on trouble spots, emanate warmth for fifteen minutes—a process believed to make fat cells easier to shrink while exercising. Hence, the half-hour workout. In between, get strapped into a squeeze-and-release pulsation machine and hang out in a pressurized oxygen chamber.
The Fiver: Skin Analysis + Facial + Microdermabrasion + Lunch + Makeup Application = $425
- Gotham Beauty Lounge
32 W. 40th St., at Sixth Ave.; 212-921-2002
Like every treatment here, this package starts with a thorough skin analysis. The Ultrasonic Wave Therapy facial is less Zen relaxation than it is targeted problem-solving (clogged pores, dryness), but the microdermabrasion is uncharacteristically pleasant—a firm, satisfying scrub that makes skin feel velvety-soft.
The Whole-Day Escape: Workout + Blowout + Massage or Facial + Manicure + Lunch = $215
- The Underground at Le Parker Meridien
119 W. 56th St., at Sixth Ave.; 212-708-7444
The hotel’s spa-and-fitness cellar started offering this grab-bag deal last month, and the services are superlative: a bouncy blowout at Drybar, a gleaming Ten Over Ten manicure, a facial or massage at Moonshine Spa, access to equipment and classes at the Gravity Fitness gym, and lunch at Petit Bluedog Café.
Transportive combo treatments from the city’s top spas.
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).