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Welcome to Racked's first annual Travel Week. Over the next five days, roughly half of our content will be devoted to everything you need to know about traveling to and from New York City—whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, killing time at the airport, or planning the ultimate staycation.
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Nothing says "ultimate luxury" quite like a trip to a fancy hotel spa, and New York City has more than enough to deplete a few bank accounts. From classic facials to traditional Japanese Shiatsu, the five hotel spas on the list below offer it all and then some, whether you're in the mood for a tip in a Moroccan Hammam, microdermabrasion, body wraps and scrubs, or some vinotherapy.
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Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria
The Waldorf's Guerlain Spa actually just expanded its menu, so there are now even more lavish treatments to partake in, including new microdermabrasion and microcurrent lift services. Massages start at $195 for 50 minutes, and run up to $555 for the 80 minutes 4-Hand Impériale Relaxing Massage. The spa also offers seven different types of facials. [More info]
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Shibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel
The Greenwhich Hotel's woody Shibui Spa might just be one of the most relaxing places in the entire city. There's a swimming pool lit with lanterns and four separate treatment rooms, all enclosed under a wood and bamboo roof. Treatments range from "Elemental Harmonizer" facials, which include a natural enzyme peel and custom mask ($200 for 60 minutes, $280 for 90) to body wraps and scrubs in the wet room. Five different types of massages are also available, as well as reflexology, and traditional Japanese Shiatsu. [More info]
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The Spa at Trump at the Trump Soho
One of the more luxurious treatments the Spa at Trump has on its menu are its signature Gemstone Spa Treatments, which include the Balancing Diamond Massage—a treatment that uses oil infused with the "healing benefits of previous diamonds" ($295 on a weekday, $325 on the weekends.) They also offer Kate Somerville facials, as well as access to Turkish and Moroccan Hammams. [More info]
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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York
There are six treatment rooms at the Mandarian Oriental's spa, a Thai Yoga Suite, a VIP Spa Suite, and an Oriental Tea Lounge. An appointment also grants you use of the heat and water facilities, and all treatments begin with a special foot ritual. Signature treatments, like The Clearing Factor, can run up to $975 on the weekends, but last as long as 3 hours and 50 minutes. [More info]
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Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel
For $495, you can spend a half day immersed in French beauty brand Caudalíe's Vinothérapie Spa at the Plaza—a package that includes a wrap of your choice, a 50 minute massage and facial, and even a wine lesson.They also offer a 100% Grape Ritual ($520 for a half day) that includes a Crushed Cabernet Scrub, and a Full Harvest Ritual ($765 for a full Day), which comes with a Barrel Bath, Classic Manicure, a facial, scrub, wrap, and massage, and lunch. [More info]
· All Travel Week 2013 Coverage [Racked NY]