Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
N, R, W at Prince St.; C, E at Spring St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
With its South Seas atmosphere and pan-Pacific staff, Banyan CitiSPA fits right into its Soho block of high-concept, international boutiques. This Far East retreat on frenzied West Broadway uses Indonesian gamelan music, batik-and-bamboo curtains and slatted-pine wood floors to achieve its Asiatic ambience. Your esthetician is likely to hail from Hong Kong, Malaysia or Japan, and will employ aromatic Oriental ingredients like black sesame, papaya or ginger. Thorough treatments run the gamut from waxings and lash tints to pregnancy massage and facials. Many services are offered in abbreviated versions for the time-pressed, but you’d be foolish to skip Banyan’s steam room, sauna and fashion magazine-laden lounge. Wise clients opt for the spa’s signature Thai massage, a body bliss-out involving acupressure, stretching, and a hot sack of herbs warming your spine. Such deluxe treatments can be complemented by inexpensive manicures and pedicures.
Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.