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Ten NYC Spas to Prep, Primp, and Prime Your Way Into 2014

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New Year's resolutions tend to revolve around self improvement, whether that's physical, mental, financial, or just shoe-closet-related. Arguably, one of the most enjoyable resolutions is hitting the spa: you're jump-starting a healthy skin routine, de-stressing, and beautifying—it's a mind and body experience through and through.

And could there be a more perfect time for it than post-holiday? You've been shopping for your boyfriend's sister's dog until 3 a.m., baking gluten-free batches of gingerbread cookies, and party-hopping like a pro. So we found ten awesome city spas that promise the rejuvenating day you deserve. Check out our list after the jump and forget about those gifts you still need to exchange.—Courtney Iseman


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↑ Spa Castle: This is often described as the amusement park of spas, because it will take you a full day to get through all of the available treatments and activities. But unlike any trip to Six Flags, that day promises to be one of the most relaxing you've experienced.

There's an entire section of different saunas and spa pools, and the long list of services runs the gamut from hand and foot reflexology and deep tissue massages to body scrubs and facials. Book treatments and packages here.
131-10 Eleventh Ave near 131st St; College Point, Queens.


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↑ Body by Brooklyn: Perhaps it's the Brooklyn twist, but this luxurious spa also boasts a bar and restaurant, making it a top-of-the-list choice for a girls' day or couple's retreat. For $45, you can get a day pass to a lounge featuring saunas, a Turkish bath, hot tub, cold plunge pool and showers. You can also choose from massages, omega boost body therapy, a sea wrap, and more. Book 'em here.
275 Park Ave near Washington Ave; Clinton Hill.


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↑ Ohm Spa: At this smaller, more intimate spa, the focus is on massages, facials and nail services. The staff is known for personalized attention, and every massage is tailored to your needs. Patrons here love the quiet atmosphere, snacks, and fruit-infused water. Try the Head-to-Toe Spa Combo, which includes any 60-minute massage, any 60-minute facial, a 50-minute pedicure and 30-minute manicure for $279. More info here.
260 Fifth Ave near 29th St, Seventh Floor.


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↑ Greenhouse Holistic: An overall wellness center consisting of a spa and yoga studio, Greenhouse Holistic is perfect for refreshing your entire mind and body. Massages range from deep tissue, reflexology and shiatsu to hot stone, sports and Swedish. You can unwind in the sauna and plan your healthy new lifestyle with Ayurvedic consultations. Open or close your day with one of Greenhouse's many yoga classes—one is even set to a playlist of rock music. Check out services and class schedules here.
88 Roebling St near N 7th St; Williamsburg.


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↑ Great Jones Spa: This one's a favorite of the fashion set, and it's easy to see why—a juice bar is on site, and experts are available for discussing detoxes and cleanses. You can receive an hour of energy therapy for stress reduction and "energetic rebalancing."

Glows, massages, and body scrubs complement a wide variety of facials, and $50 gets you three hours in the water lounge with a sauna, steam room, hot tub and cold plunge pool. There's even haircuts and color options. The full rundown on all the options is here.
29 Great Jones St near Lafayette St.


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↑ Juvenex: Juvenex has won over A-listers and the nightlife crowd with its 24/7 schedule—imagine capping off a night of clubbing with a wind-down in the sauna. If it's a less social, more "me-time" experience you want, Juvenex is women-only from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Jade Journey will transport you to ancient Asia as you de-stress in two different saunas, take an invigorating "Cold Rainforest Shower," and lounge in Japanese soaking tubs filled with herbs. They also offers classic facials, massages, body wraps and waxing. Check out the varied menu here.
25 W 32nd St near Fifth Ave, Fifth Floor.


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↑ Mezzanine Medical Day Spa: In case you're looking for more intensive treatments, Mezzanine complements its classic spa offerings with cosmetic procedures like permanent hair reduction, "photo rejuvenation" facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. The list of less invasive facials is lengthy, so there's something for everyone, whether it's detoxing or age-defying that you're in the market for.

There's also a "medical pedicure" to treat any foot issues. The spa is a favorite because of its luxe atmosphere and pristine surroundings. Find out more here.
140 W 58th St near Sixth Ave, Suite 6.

↑ Aire Ancient Baths: More of an experience than just a spa, Aire transports you to another time and place, making it easy to forget about the hustle and bustle of the city as you unwind in European-style baths and candlelight. Soak in a variety of different pools—the salt pool that allows you to float aimlessly is a favorite—and partake in the cold-to-hot plunge that the staff recommends.

Add a massage to your $75 bathing pass for as little as $75, or a luxurious ritual with red wine, champagne, or olive oil for around $500. Book here.
88 Franklin St near Church St.


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↑ Bliss: Perhaps just as known for its extensive line of skin care products, Bliss puts emphasis on pampering and indulging. The changing rooms are stocked with every product you could need, including snacks. The massages are targeted for specific needs, like the "Rookie Mom Rubdown" for tired new moms and the "Rubber Neck" for those who carry tension in the upper back.

Facials are another popular service, and you can also treat yourself to manicures, pedicures, waxing, laser hair removal and one of many scrubs and detoxes. Check the services out here.
12 W 57th St near Sixth Ave, Third Floor.


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↑ The Red Door: Few spas are more iconic than Elizabeth's Arden Red Door, and their new Union Square location is the epitome of modern luxury. The upper level features express beauty services like blowouts, makeup applications, waxes, manicures, mini-facials, and even eye contours and collagen treatments. Downstairs, you can escape into an oasis of massages, facials, peels, wraps, and reflexology. Before you leave, make sure to check out the beauty bar, where you can play with their latest makeup and skin care products. Check out the many services available here.
200 Park Ave S near 17th St.