Stumped on what to gift your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? You can’t go wrong with a romantic massage for two at one of New York’s most relaxing spas.
“The Red Wine experience is our most indulgent and exclusive experience,” says Armando Prado, CEO of Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca. “The ritual is three hours long and it is a full experience of mental and physical relaxation.” Couples are secluded in a private room with an ornate antique tub filled with red tempranillo grapes from Spain, which are known for their antioxidant properties. Post-soak, the appointment includes a full-body, 60-minute massage for two, featuring an exclusive blend of Andalusian grape seed oils. “Our custom oil is highly concentrated with Vitamin E and therefore extremely hydrant to repair the skin.” 88 Franklin St., 646-878-6174
In New York, privacy is the ultimate luxury and the Cornelia Spa, located within The Surrey Hotel, majorly delivers. The Cornelia Couples Massage is a side-by-side experience with customized touch and pressure, ranging from Swedish to Deep Tissue to Shiatsu options. To really indulge this Valentine’s Day, splurge for the Superior Couples Suite, which includes a private soak and steam with a champagne toast, in addition to the 60-minute massage, all within an extravagant private suite. 20 E. 76th St., 646-358-3600
“We’re offering the decadent Sweet Immersion mud bath and massage for couples for the month of February,” says Laura Washington, treatment manager for the Setai Spa Wall Street. “It’s a 30-minute mud bath infused with volcanic ash to help draw bacteria from skin and counteract impurities, and the bath is filled chocolate essential oils, so guests feel like they’re being dipped into chocolate. Couples are also served delightfully rich dark chocolate truffles while they soak.” The bath is followed by a 60-minute couple’s massage featuring a serenity-inducing, custom-blended vanilla bean essential oil to round out the full sensory experience. 40 Broad St., 212-792-6193
Step away from the hustle and bustle and into a hot stone therapy massage for two. The hot basalt stones pull double duty as a massage tool to penetrate deep layers of tissue as well as energy-balancing weights placed strategically on the body’s major pulse points. Guests are able to choose an oil scent from the aromatherapy menu to aid relaxation. 29 Great Jones St., 212-505-3185
“Our couple’s soak is incredibly intimate and romantic; perfect for this time of year,” says China Paradelo, the Spa Director for the zen, Japanese-inspired Shibui Spa nestled in the quiet Greenwich Hotel. Guests are able to choose from four classic soaks or the seasonal soak. The current seasonal soak is the ginger root, but Paradelo recommends the Sake Soak for Valentine’s Day. “It’s very luxurious and everything is custom to the client. It’s purifies and softens skin and we serve complimentary sake throughout the experience.” Continue the romance with an added-on couple’s massage post-soak. 377 Greenwich St., 646-203-0045
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW DAY (AIRE)