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Nine of New York City's Most Expensive Spa Treatments

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Maintaining your hair, face, and nails can get pricey, but for some women, it can get downright improbable: we're talking $1,000 facials and $925 eyebrow treatments. If you've got the cash to spend, we've put together a map of nine Manhattan spas that offer some of the most expensive services in the city—from the private couple's spa rooms at the Mandarin Oriental to the hefty membership fee at the Erno Laszlo Institute.

For even more luxury relaxation, consult our high-end spa guides to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco.


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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

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Private couple's rooms can be booked by the hour or the day, and that comes with as many treatments as you want to try. Prices can climb into the thousands, though, so save it for a special occasion.

La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

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This uber-luxurious spa offers treatments with ingredients from gold leaf and sea algae, but their centerpiece is the $1,000 white caviar facial, which includes hand and foot treatments and a complimentary steam room.

Caudalie Vinotherapie at The Plaza

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The brand’s signature $350 Premier Cru facial includes a Clarisonic exfoliation, a hydrogel treatment, and a special eye massage. An updated version rolls out next month, so book now.

Townhouse Spa

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Want to save time and money on your makeup routine? For $750, the Townhouse Spa on West 56th Street will give you permanent eyeliner.

Phyto Universe

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This spa prides itself on being all-natural in their treatments, which range from massages to custom perfume blending. For $450, they’ll straighten your hair without using chemicals. Periodic touch-ups run $350 each.

The Spa at the Peninsula

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The $650 Triple Lift Luxury Facial includes something called a Remodeling Face Machine. It also includes an 18% tip, so you don’t have to worry about bringing cash with you.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

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Legendary facialist Cornelia Zicu gives special two-hour massage/facial treatments at the Red Door Spa at the Chatwal in tandem with another esthetician. They're by request, and only cost $1,000 a pop.

Erno Laszlo Institute

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It’s not just the products that are pricey at this revamped Soho beauty spot. You have to be a member to get treatments, and the fee is $3,000 per year, or $1,000 for a three-month trial.

Strip: Ministry of Waxing/Browhaus

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Stop by Soho for this hair removal double whammy. At Strip, a full-back laser hair removal procedure will set women back $900 and men $1,200. And if you have plucked, dyed, or bleached your eyebrows into oblivion, the “Brow Resurrection” treatment from Browhaus will cost you $925. (Upside: it lasts for two years.)

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

Private couple's rooms can be booked by the hour or the day, and that comes with as many treatments as you want to try. Prices can climb into the thousands, though, so save it for a special occasion.

La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

This uber-luxurious spa offers treatments with ingredients from gold leaf and sea algae, but their centerpiece is the $1,000 white caviar facial, which includes hand and foot treatments and a complimentary steam room.

Caudalie Vinotherapie at The Plaza

The brand’s signature $350 Premier Cru facial includes a Clarisonic exfoliation, a hydrogel treatment, and a special eye massage. An updated version rolls out next month, so book now.

Townhouse Spa

Want to save time and money on your makeup routine? For $750, the Townhouse Spa on West 56th Street will give you permanent eyeliner.

Phyto Universe

This spa prides itself on being all-natural in their treatments, which range from massages to custom perfume blending. For $450, they’ll straighten your hair without using chemicals. Periodic touch-ups run $350 each.

The Spa at the Peninsula

The $650 Triple Lift Luxury Facial includes something called a Remodeling Face Machine. It also includes an 18% tip, so you don’t have to worry about bringing cash with you.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

Legendary facialist Cornelia Zicu gives special two-hour massage/facial treatments at the Red Door Spa at the Chatwal in tandem with another esthetician. They're by request, and only cost $1,000 a pop.

Erno Laszlo Institute

It’s not just the products that are pricey at this revamped Soho beauty spot. You have to be a member to get treatments, and the fee is $3,000 per year, or $1,000 for a three-month trial.

Strip: Ministry of Waxing/Browhaus

Stop by Soho for this hair removal double whammy. At Strip, a full-back laser hair removal procedure will set women back $900 and men $1,200. And if you have plucked, dyed, or bleached your eyebrows into oblivion, the “Brow Resurrection” treatment from Browhaus will cost you $925. (Upside: it lasts for two years.)