N, Q, R, W at 57th St.; F at 57th St.; N, R, W at Fifth Ave.-59th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This spa pleasantly reminds patrons they’re in a Ritz-Carlton: With only six treatment rooms, fleur-de-lis carpeting, and creamy buff walls, it feels like a gracious guest suite. A mix of Ritz-Carlton guests and New Yorkers, clients are addressed by name (a point of pride in this service-oriented hotel) and are advised in advance to reserve time to enjoy the spa’s changing rooms; the women’s, fitted with a glamorous black and white marble floor, offers a steam room, showers, tons of amenities, and ample lockers (complete with jewelry boxes), while the men’s area is appropriately clubby, with an oversized steam room that occasionally hosts expense account-fueled business meetings. A lounge proffers books—no magazines; they were deemed un-serene—and CDs for play during your treatment. Services rely on the deluxe potions of La Prairie, a skincare line with Swiss clinic roots and a society following. Strongly fragranced with a marine scent, the products invoke anti-aging serums and protein-rich caviar extracts. Body treatments cover several schools of massage and a variety of head-to-toe scrubs. Facials combine deep cleaning, exfoliation, and hydration, and relaxation is fostered at all turns: Chairs and tables are heated, rooms are noiseless, and your neck, shoulders, and hands are sure to be stroked and smoothed. It all feels quite ritzy.Bridal Package
La Prairie is the place for a girls’ get-together. With plush and roomy relaxation areas and six treatment rooms, booking services like the rich Silver Rain manicure and pedicure or Diamond Perfection “top-to-toe” treatment is as much an exercise in primping as in catching up with bridesmaids.