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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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1. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

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80 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
(212) 805-8876
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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.

2. La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

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50 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019
(212) 308-9100
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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.

3. Caudalie Vinotherapie at The Plaza

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1 W. 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 265-3182
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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.

4. Townhouse Spa

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39 West 56th Street
New York, NY
(212) 245-8006
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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.

5. Phyto Universe

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715 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 308-0270
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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.

6. The Spa at the Peninsula

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700 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 903-3910
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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.

7. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

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130 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 764-5900
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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.

8. Erno Laszlo Institute

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382 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012
(646) 386-7379
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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.

9. Strip: Ministry of Waxing/Browhaus

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56 Spring, New York
NY, 10012
(212) 431-1121
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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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1. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
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.
80 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

2. La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

50 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019
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.
50 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

3. Caudalie Vinotherapie at The Plaza

1 W. 58th Street, New York, NY 10019
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.
1 W. 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

4. Townhouse Spa

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

5. Phyto Universe

715 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022
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.
715 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

6. The Spa at the Peninsula

700 5th Ave., New York, NY 10019
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.
700 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

7. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

130 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
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.
130 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

8. Erno Laszlo Institute

382 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012, New York, NY 10012
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.
382 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012

9. Strip: Ministry of Waxing/Browhaus

56 Spring, New York, NY, 10012
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.)
56 Spring, New York
NY, 10012