Memorial Day marked the official start of the summer. No international travel plans for season? Retreat to one of these US spas for a luxe treatment inspired by an exotic international destination. Japan, Egypt, Turkey—these services will ensure your mind is whisked away to an exotic vacation, even if your body is still here in the states.
Shiatsu Massage at Exhale Spa at Gansevoort Meatpacking (New York City)
Finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques come together to Shiat-you into a new state of wellbeing. This ancient therapy encourages the proper flow of Qi, or life energy, which in turn improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress. Exhale’s Shiatsu Massage is inspired by Japanese bodywork that is actually based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. (60 minutes; $150). Bookable via ALICE app or by phone at 212.660.6733.
Egyptian Milk and Honey Cocoon Float at Spa Toccare at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (New Jersey)
Pamper yourself like the famous Egyptian queen. This deep moisturizing treatment guarantees velvety smooth skin and a new level of relaxation. Skin is rehydrated with a sugar scrub. High-quality oils and goat milk based moisturizing crème cover the body from head to toe as you float weightlessly cocooned in the warmth of their soft pack bed. (50 minutes; $140)
Wellness Center at The Marmara Park Avenue (New York City)
Set to open in mid-August, The Marmara Park Avenue will debut a wellness center that features a “clarity chamber” where guests will be able to enjoy traditional Turkish hammam treatments or simply unwind. The wellness center will be exclusive to hotel guests and included within the room rates but the treatment will be well worth the staycation.
Beauty is seeing a new trend with the introduction of cryotherapy, an innovative new treatment with a sci-fi twist. If you aren’t already familiar, cryotherapy is a standing-only sauna with an ice cold twist, enveloping you in nitrogen-iced air at minus-220 degrees Fahrenheit for an exhilarating three minutes. During a 15-minute cryotherapy session at Sea Island, guests will receive a professional consultation and three minutes in the cryotherapy unit as temperatures as cold as Antarctica (60 minutes; $60)