And Now for a Well-Deserved Hot-Candle-Wax Massage

Illustrations by Mark Nerys


“The St.-Tropez tanning machine at Completely Bare heats up so you aren’t standing there naked and freezing. Plus, its fans dry your spray-tan in half the time, and it doesn’t produce the putrid smell that most do” (103 Fifth Ave., nr. 17th St., fourth fl.; 212-366-6060). —Kristin Perrotta, executive editor, Allure

“Mama Mio’s Bootcamp for Tummies and Bootcamp for Butts at Soho Sanctuary treat your belly or your derrière with a level of care usually reserved for your face” ($100–$125; 119 Mercer St., nr. Prince St.; 212-334-5550). —Jamie Rosen, beauty director, Town & Country


Isabelle Bellis has a soothing tableside manner—might be the French accent—and gives the best facial massage in town” (60 E. 66th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-966-3262). —Ying Chu, health and beauty director, Marie Claire

“When you’re feeling sluggish and sallow but you don’t want to feel picked apart, Dr. Brandt’s quick, painless oxygen facial improves circulation and makes your skin feel cushiony” (323 E. 34th St., nr. Second Ave., second fl.; 212-889-7096). —Emily Dougherty, beauty director, Elle


“The Vintage 2010 Treatment at Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa is no longer on the menu, so ask for it. It’s a massage that uses great-smelling candle wax in lieu of oil. Slavic Delikat is a massage god” (90 minutes, $270; the Plaza, 1 W. 58th St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-265-3182).—Chu

Elisabeth Korn’s studio isn’t swanky, but her services are magic. She gives a great Swedish massage but also specializes in sports injuries—she worked wonders on my brother’s tendinitis” (one hour, $125; 80 E. 11th St., nr. Broadway, Ste. 335; 646-522-0513). —Jane Larkworthy, beauty director, W


Graceful Spa offers the best dollar-per-minute in the city. It’s good for massage, body scrubs, and facials” (205 W. 14th St., at Seventh Ave., second fl.; 212-675-5145). —Dougherty

Dermalogica Academy feels insider y: It’s space-age-looking, and everything is cheap. Lip waxes are $5; an hour-long facial is $50” (140 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-243-3000). —Perrotta

“It’s not fancy, but Ann Huang Nail Salon is clean, and the weekend mani-pedi deal stays put for a solid week” (24 Maiden Ln., nr. Liberty Pl.; 212-385-1424). —Rosen


The Spa at the Surrey is really serene and has killer scrubs and facials—my favorite is the Divine Eight-Flower treatment” (90 minutes, $250; 20 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-288-3700). —Chu

The Spa at Trump Soho lowers your blood pressure right when you walk in, and the tiled hammam is really beautiful” (246 Spring St., nr. Varick St.; 212-842-5505). —Perrotta

Setai Spa Wall Street serves macarons and chocolates from Sho Shaun Hergatt in the waiting area—beats dried apricots any day” (40 Broad St., nr. Exchange Pl.; 212-792-6193). —Rosen


Andaz Spa’s Wall Street location sometimes offers a monthly flat rate for unlimited quickie treatments: $699 gets you a daily 30-minute service of your choice, including massages to facials to manicures. If our offices were closer, I’d be there every day” (75 Wall St., at Water St.; 212-699-1830). —Dougherty

“When you have a pimple but not an hour to deal with it, an aesthetician at Dermalogica does fast, focused treatments, rather than a full-on facial” (110 Grand St., at Broadway; 212-219-9800). —Rosen

Compiled by Lauren Murrow.

And Now for a Well-Deserved Hot-Candle-Wax Massage