5 Best Spas in NYC

Updated on July 8, 2016

The International Spa Association defines a spa as a place "devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit". Spa services can range from specialty massages, body wraps and vichy showers to pedicures, Brazilian waxes and facials to rejuvenate and nourish the skin. Spas are like one-stop "tune-ups" for the mind and body that will leave you looking and feeling your best by restoring a youthful, fresh glow to your skin, easing tension and stress and revamping areas of your body that you consider problematic and undesirable.

With thousands of day spas operating in the Big Apple, how do you know which ones genuinely offer the most outstanding services available? Use this guide to the 5 best spas in NYC to help you decide which day spa offers the kind of superior products and services you have been searching for without success.

Joanna Vargas Skin Care (501 5th Ave, NYC, 212-949-2350)

One of the most in-demand estheticians and skin guru with degrees in women's studies and photography, Joanna Vargas is also an expert facialist who consistently has celebrities and supermodels standing in line at her day spa in NYC. Joanna also owns her own line of serums, creams and lotions scientifically formulated to firm and tighten skin that has been damaged by the sun, excess dryness and aging. Joanna Vargas uses only noninvasive skin treatments to rejuvenate skin and smooth away wrinkles with support from her organic skin care products and specialty services offered at her day spa, which many consider the best day spa in NYC.

Ms. Vargas' product line contains a compelling variety of facials and skin treatments: microcurrent facials, LED therapy, oxygen facials, organic sunless tans, full body microdermabrasions and her patented LED Light Therapy Bed that effectively smooths away and fades signs of aging using infrared red light. In fact, her clients call the LED Light Therapy Bed "the Time Machine" because of its astounding ability to reverse signs of aging skin.

Just as popular as her facials are Joanna Vargas' skin serums and creams sold on her website or at her day spa. Celebrities, models and women who want youthful, glowing skin use only these products because they know how effective and result-oriented Joanna Vargas serums and creams are at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, firming skin and keeping skin hydrated, supple and healthy looking.

Joanna's skin care products are always flying off the shelves at her spa but you can always order them online at her website. Her hottest products include the Daily Hydrating Cream containing the super-moisturizing ingredient galactoarabinan; Joanna's Rejuvenating Serum for hydrating and plumping; and her always-in-demand Exfoliating Mask for evening out skin texture, refining pores and removing dead skin cells that dull the glow of clean, invigorated skin.

Moonflower Spa (8 East 41st Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, 212-683-8729)

A lovely little day spa enhanced by a Japanese ambiance and knowledgeable estheticians, the Moonflower Spa offers excellent skin care services including deep pore cleansing facials, microdermasion treatments and facials especially designed for adolescents suffering from acne. The Moonflower Spa also has a signature facial that is a combination of cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating and even a massage is the client wishes. Chemical peels, collagen masks and décolleté/neck skin care are also available. Full body services include a "rose body wash", foot reflexology and a detox body treatment.

Great Jones Spa (29 Great Jones Street between Bowery and Lafayette Street in NoHo, 212-505-3185)

Famous for their beautiful water lounge and aromatherapy massages, the Great Jones Spa is a lovely NYC day spa/sanctuary featuring stand-out services and luxurious amenities such as a spectacular indoor waterfall, saunas, hot tubs and a plunge pool. Whether you want a manicure, pedicure, a "Rock River facial" complete with heated and cold stone wash or a full-body Rosemary Citron Sea Salt Scrub to invigorate your skin, you won't be disappointed by what the Great Jones Spa has to offer. There is also a hair and make-up salon and quaint juice bar inside the spa as well.

Greenhouse Holistic Day Spa (88 Roebling Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-599-3113)

Noted for doubling as a yoga studio and offering one-of-a-kind massage services to cure whatever ails you, the Greenhouse Holistic Spa specializes in Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massages as well as its signature, customized massage performed only by owner David Greenhouse. Although you won't find estheticians giving facials or saunas dripping with relaxing hot steam at the Greenhouse Holistic, you will find relief from aching muscles and chronic stress by opting for reflexology treatments, Shiatsu massage therapy or pre/postnatal wellness massages. The Greenhouse Holistic Spa is also unique as a NYC day spa for offering Ayurveda yoga classes that teach a holistic approach to natural healing and preventive health methods based on traditional Hindu medicinal concepts.

Mezzanine Medical Day Spa (140 W. 58th Street, Suite 6, between 6th and 7th Ave 212-334-8100)

Offering a variety of facials as well as manicures and pedicures, the Mezzanine Medical Day Spa in NYC is more popularly known for its state-of-the-art, skin rejuvenating light treatments. Clients visit the Mezzanine Medical Spa to receive bi-polar, radio frequency (RF) therapy to improve skin texture and reduce pockets of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks; Intense Pulsed Light Photo Rejuvenation treatments to reverse the signs of aging on the skin; and Intense Pulsed Light permanent hair reduction treatment as an alternative to laser hair removal techniques. For clients wanting to remove acne scars and pitting, the Mezzanine also provides chemical peels that remove the very top layer of skin so that new, smoother skin is exposed.

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      • Dave Collado profile image

        Dave Collado 2 years ago from San Jose California

        Thank you Larry.

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        Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

        Some wonderful tips for relaxation.