By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
It’s cold outside, camp is still months away and flu season is about to strike if it hasn’t already. Now is as good a time as any to take that much-needed romantic weekend away and reconnect with your partner in parenting. While a week in Fiji may sound like heaven, hopping on a plane and skipping town isn’t exactly in the cards for most parents. But what if I told you that all you need is one night? And what better place to spend that one night than in New York City’s classic Waldorf Astoria? And what better way to relax than in the Towers of the Waldorf’s famous Guerlain Spa? Trust me when I say, it does the trick.
Couples can celebrate this Valentine’s Day with Guerlain’s “Love the One You’re With” experience which features two side-by-side 50 or 80 minute massages and reserved time in the exclusive spa treatment suite equipped with dual rain showerheads and private steam room. This ultimate romantic spa package is complete with delicious champagne and decadent truffles. Located on the 19th floor of the Waldorf Towers, the spa is gorgeous amidst its sweeping backdrop of Park Avenue and Manhattan. It presents a serene, French-inspired oasis complete with a rose-adorned lounge area and spacious treatment suites each fitted with a private bathing lounge, signature Guerlain amenities, and personalized music selections. For post-treatment pampering, “The Final Touch” offers a complimentary shoeshine, garment steaming and make-up refresh with every treatment so you’ll be all set for your night on the town.
The spa regularly features unique seasonal treatments (check their website for the latest offerings including the “Just for the Girls” Valentine’s package and discounts on V-Day gift cards); and the Guerlain line of beauty products, used in treatments and available for purchase in the spa’s gift shop, are unparalleled in their devotion to luxury, artistry and quality. You could easily spend the entire day relaxing in the calming atmosphere of the spa or you could take advantage of the onsite state-of-the-art gym (with fully equipped locker room) or indulge in the hotel’s many food and drink options (The Waldorf’s Sunday brunch is famous for a reason).
Feel the butterflies you felt when you first met and let worries over Ferberizing float away in the majestic Royal Suite, the former Park Avenue home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor who moved in when the Duke relinquished his throne for the woman he loved. John and Jackie Kennedy even spent their wedding night in a Towers suite. The Towers staff, along with a designated Suite Specialist, is also accustomed to fulfilling the most lavish of requests from covering every inch of a large suite with unique floral arrangements, including water lilies floating in the tub and flowering vines running down the walls, to supplying life-sized chocolate figurines!
We all know New York City is the best city on Earth and there’s no shortage of things to do and places to explore. But commemorate this Valentine’s Day and take a break from the everyday whirlwind of diapers, homework and playdates with a romantic staycation for two. For information and reservations, visit http://www.waldorfnewyork.com/spa/spa-services and http://www.guerlainspas.com or call 212.872.7200.