With plenty of steam rooms, dips in ice water and self-flagellation with birch leaves.
This space-age spa made a name for itself with its signature napping pods in 2017.
There are certain hotels in New York that make you feel like you’ve somehow ended up in the middle of a storybook, and the Ritz-Carlton Central Park is one of them. This isn’t a hotel that you want to walk through quickly just to get to your room. It’s one that you want to savor and experience, from the moment two men in top hats open the door and guide you to the lobby. Immediately, you’re surrounded by warm wood and cool marble, an enveloping experience that feels worlds away from the drab concrete sidewalk that you just left behind.
This impressive 14,000-square-foot spa manages to be a serene oasis despite its opulent decor, which includes silver ceramic-tiled walls, white marble floors and a floor-to-ceiling glistening crystal chandelier at the entrance. The treatment rooms are the size of most New York studio apartments (complete with private bathroom, shower, locker and vanity area), making a customized Guerlain therapy the ultimate indulgence. Each of them is furnished with indulgent amenities such as Swedish Duxiana beds and large marble-clad bathrooms with rainfall showers. Many are highlighted by views of the iconic Manhattan skyline that is framed by oversized windows. Foodies will enjoy the French and Italian Riviera inspired Ai Fiori, a Michelin-starred restaurant from Chef Michael White’s Altamarea Group, located on the hotel’s second floor. Encompassing the hotel’s entire third floor, The Gallery at Langham Place, has the capabilities to host meetings, events and social gatherings of all sizes.
A short flight of stairs takes you to the fitness center and pool area. The fitness center features machines for every workout, many with personal televisions, and weights. The facility also offers a variety of group fitness classes, like barre, yoga and spinning, that are free for hotel guests. After working out, relax by crossing the hallway to the beautiful glass-enclosed pool room that offers sweeping views of Midtown.
After a day of taking in the greenery and a night spent relaxing in the wood-paneled lounge, take advantage of the in-room breakfast served from 6am until 11am. It’s the perfect end to your New York fairy tale.