Sometimes we could all use a little pampering—preferably the kind that involves massages, thermal baths, and facials. Fortunately for New Yorkers, there are plenty of spots a train ride away where they can unwind and escape from it all, whether it’s a romantic getaway or an indulgent solo trip. We’ve put together a list of spas, retreats, and luxurious hotels where you can take a much-needed winter break close to home.
1. AIRE Ancient Baths, Manhattan
Escape to Mediterranean antiquity via Tribeca at AIRE Ancient Baths, a luxurious bathhouse inside a restored 19th-century textile factory. Inspired by Roman, Greek, and Ottoman wellness traditions, AIRE features a series of baths of varying temperatures—some with jets, some without—as well as massages and other services.
If a romantic getaway is your aim, try couple-focused experiences like the Wine Bath ($550 per person), which includes a half-hour soak in Spanish Ribera del Duero red wine, cranial and full-body massages, and a visit to the thermal baths. There’s also Escape Together ($240 per person) centered on a 45-minute couples’ massage with orange blossom–scented hot compresses, a visit to the baths, and fresh juices to drink.
5 minute walk from Canal Street
2. The Garden City Hotel, Garden City
Situated 22 miles from Manhattan, this Victorian-era hotel has been a getaway for New Yorkers since 1874. Recently it’s become home to the Red Hots Spa, a boutique spa facility where you can get everything from wax treatments and facials to blowouts and body scrubs. Our pick: the Red Hots Signature Massage, an all-in-one experience that combines Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, and aromatherapy massage, which per person will run you between $150 for 50 minutes, $235 for 80 minutes, or $285 for 100 minutes.
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2 minute walk from Garden City station
3. Oheka Castle, Huntington
If you’ve been dreaming of traveling to a French château but can’t make the trip across the pond, Oheka Castle is the closest you can get within two hours of the city. Originally the 1920s estate of financier Otto Hermann Kahn, Oheka is now a high-end hotel set on 443 acres atop Long Island’s highest point.
Book an overnight stay at the hotel, and you’ll have the option to indulge in a private in room massage ($200 to $300 per person). If you want to get a jump on Valentine’s Day, Oheka offers a weeknight-only Romantic Date Night Package for two ($745), which includes an overnight stay, a three-course dinner at Oheka’s OHK Bar & Restaurant, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries served in your room, and hot breakfast in the morning.
6 minute rideshare from Cold Spring Harbor
4. Shou Sugi Ban House, Water Mill
Situated on five acres in the Hamptons, Shou Sugi Ban House is a Japanese-inspired retreat that’s part spa, part bed and breakfast, and part wellness and fitness center. Guests and day visitors alike can book spa treatments including hydrotherapy, massages and bodywork, body treatments, and facials. (There’s a two-service minimum for day visitors.)
A wide variety of massages are available in areas ranging from Swedish and sports massage to shiatsu and aquatic Watsu therapy. (Prices range from $125 to $400.) You can also integrate add-ons ($50 each) like dry brushing (a whole-body exfoliation treatment), hot stones, and cupping therapy. Looking to connect with your romantic partner? Try Couples Energy Balancing ($450), a cosmic blend of healing and bodywork.
5 minute rideshare from Southampton station
5. Bliss Soho, Manhattan
If you don’t have time for a trip out of town but still want to indulge this Valentine’s Day, head to Bliss Soho. This day spa in lower Manhattan features a modern, fun aesthetic and a full menu of services, including massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing, and laser hair removal.
Bliss has a wide variety of facials to choose from, including its signature Triple Oxygen Facial ($180), which includes a peel, an oxygen wrap, and vitamin-antioxidant spray. To come out glowing, try the Youth as We Know It ($200), which hones in on wrinkles and fine lines with a peel and a collagen mask. Top your day off with the Blissage ($130–$230), a full-body massage that begins with a warm wax foot wrap.
3 minute walk from Broadway - Lafayette Street
Jenna Scherer is a writer, journalist, and editor whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN Travel. Read more of her writing at jennascherer.com.
Aire Ancient Baths
88 Franklin Street, NY, NY 10013
Red Hots Spa at the Garden City Hotel
45 7th St, Garden City, NY 11530
135 W Gate Dr., Huntington, NY 11743
Shou Siga Ban House
337 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
568 Broadway #2, New York, NY 10012