BNNYC’s All-time Favorite Spa Experiences


(with input from the BN Staff)

OK, so you’re in desperate need of a facial, you’re sick of the florescent lights of the $7 manicure place on the corner and your best friend is visiting from out of town and you want to show her that peace and tranquility are actually possible in Manhattan. Who better to turn to for answers than the trusty and spa-obsessed staffers at Beauty News NYC?

Ah, the Greyhound – nothing says summer like a refreshing, classic grapefruit juice and vodka cocktail, that’s for sure. So, Beauty Editor Dina Fierro lets her tootsies indulge too with Sweet Lily Spa’s seasonal Grapefruit Vodka Pedicure.

Fresh grapefruit and lime contain alpha-hydroxy acids that help loosen and slough dead skin cells while vodka acts as natural antiseptic, cleansing and disinfecting flip-flop abused summer feet.

Sweet Lily Spa is at 222 West Broadway, between North Moore and Franklin. For more information, visit For an appointment, call (212) 925-5441.

Sharon Gomes Thomas, our resident Metro-Pets Editor recommends Yelo ( where you can catch a quick ‘cat nap’ in the middle of the day, in the middle of the city. You breeze in and out with minimal fuss and maximize your snooze time in their treatment cabins, the YeloCabs. Sessions range from 20 to 40 minutes, and you can also add reflexology for your tired tootsies. Nothing beats 40 winks in the middle of a long workday, especially if your naughty self stayed out a wee bit late the night before.

Yelo is located at 315 West 57th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. For more information visit or call 212.245.8235.

Our Publisher, Kimberly McDonald often heads to Warren Tricomi in Rockefeller Center for a fantastic facial/back facial – be sure to ask for Paula! Kimberly also loves the Thai massage at Cornelia Day Spa. Candice Sabitini, our newest staff writer, also has nothing but great things to say about Cornelia. The big cruise ship lounge chairs in the waiting room as well as the fruit on skewers and lovely iced tea make it a most relaxing and welcoming experience. And during the one-hour signature facial, the facialist works her magic on your face, while a masseuse spends the hour massaging arms and legs. It’s heavenly!

Warren Tricomi information and locations can be found at or by calling 212-262-8899,

Cornelia Day Spa is located at 663 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor between 52nd and 53rd Streets. Visit or call 212-871-3050.

Michelyn Camen, our Editorial Director and Fragrance Editor, says her favorite spa services “reflect the duality of looking good and her spiritual well being”. The custom color airbrush tan at Sundara Salon, is a mainstay of her beauty rituals. Natalie Cupid, Sundara’s senior technician, has an easy going manner and an eye for detail that ensures that her ‘golden glow” enhances her natural coloration year round.

Nicolette McCalman, a massage, reflexology, Reiki, and Ayurvedic specialist who has worked for some of the most elite spas in New York, will bring her healing magic to your home (Brooklyn or New York City). Her life changing craniosacral and chakra balancing and expert shiatsu have changed Michelyn’s life and increased her clarity of mind leaving our “Ms. Type A” with more than a few stress-free days of bliss.

Contact Nicolette at 347-461-0770

If you’re like our Spa Editor, Stephanie Ila Silver, you want a quick but relaxing, reasonably priced, results-producing spa experience. Head to Mario Badescu for the best ($65) facial in Manhattan – just be prepared to run into some of their loyal celebrity clientele. Their skincare products are also quite effective.

Mario Badescu is located at 320 East 52nd Street and 2nd Avenue. Visit or call 1-800-Badescu.

But if you want a spa experience of biblical proportions, there’s truly nothing quite like the Sacred Scrub at InSPArations, the spa at the 92nd Street Y. Stephanie describes the treatment, which uses Dead Sea Salts and therapeutic essential oils mentioned in the Bible, as a spiritually enlightening and ‘inspiring’ journey towards balance and peace.

InSPArations at the 92nd Street Y is located on Lexington Avenue. Visit or call 212-415-5795 for information about their ‘wellness day’ packages that incorporate all aspects of the 92nd Street Y.

You don’t need to travel far to get the ultimate in spa experiences, but just in case you’re wondering where to take your next vacation, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Liz Laffont, a BN staff writer, recommends the Wakaya Club Breeze Spa, Wakaya Island, Fiji. Located over a bridge and in a cove, this ultra-private spa accommodates only two people at a time. Make it a couple’s treatment in two adjoining rooms like Liz and her husband did and then dine in a private loggia with pool looking out at the sea and stars. Very romantic!

Visit for more information.

Sharon Gomes Thomas’ all-time favorite spa is the Oberoi Hotel Spa in Lombok, Indonesia. She was there for her honeymoon 8 years ago and hears it’s still absolutely amazing.


Candice Sabatini loves the Healing Waters Spa at The Silky Oaks Lodge in the Australian rainforest so much so, that she’s visited there 3 times! The spa’s treatment rooms have glass walls, so you feel like you’re outdoors right in the middle of the rainforest where the spa is located. The botanical products used are ones that the Aborigini’s have been using for centuries – Wattleseed, Lillypilly and Tasmanian kelp. Candice’s favorite treatment is the Mala Mapi Mud Massage followed by the Vichy water shower. Visit

But it may be awhile before you get a chance to travel across the world. For a quick getaway, listen to Bonnie Kim Taylor, our Metro Mama/Baby Editor who loves the rose-water pedicure at Elements Spa at Crystal Springs Resort, located only an hour Southwest of Manhattan.

Visit for more details.

She also suggests taking a short trip to the Mohonk Mountain House Spa, located in one of America’s few Victorian castles and a mere hour north of NYC. Try the Cedars Ultimate Body Wrap Plus and enjoy the spa’s gorgeous 2000+ acres! Visit

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