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Since the mid-nineties, Bliss has become a household name nearly synonymous with the words “day spa.” Opened in 1999, the 57th Street location is sebum-obsessed celebrity esthetician Marcia Kilgore’s second and most intimate (i.e. smallest) Manhattan outpost. In its nine treatment rooms, Upper East Side mommies who’ve left their kids with the nanny get kneaded, rubbed down, exfoliated, and tightened up. Guests are met at reception with a locker key, robe, bottled water, and flip-flops. Bathrooms are stocked with Bliss products, as well as little things like Q-tips and combs. A cozy waiting room offers refreshments and gourmet snacks, all of which helps create the feeling that even the tiniest needs are looked after. The decor makes interesting use of texture: feathers sandwiched between frosted glass, grey suede walls, shaggy wool ottomans, sea glass-like shower tiles. But the sensual atmosphere and extra details aren’t what has made this spa so busy: It’s the quality of the services. The staff is one hundred percent present, and inclined to explain exactly what they’re doing, without obtruding on the relaxation factor. There’s no separate nail area, so manis and pedis are only performed during facials. There’s also no designated men’s lounge, like at the downtown spa, but male clients are very welcome and will be accommodated with private changing and waiting rooms.Sales
Unlike most spas, Bliss offers no discounts, even for services booked
as a package. They do, however, offer a ten percent discount on beauty
products purchased during your birthday month.
This peppy day spa is as popular as ever, doling out treatments like the triple-oxygen facial and carrot-and-sesame body buff. Brides concerned with fine lines and wrinkles can try the Youth As We Know It facial.
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