Let’s face it, this winter was brutal. Odds are if you’re a New Yorker, you’re still spending every morning standing in front of your closet, layering yourself for schizophrenic weather conditions. As you sift through a mix of sweaters, boots, open-toes and tanks, it’s easy to wonder if summer is ever coming. Personally, by the time I make it to my local Starbucks, the thought of having to choose between an iced latte and a hot one is almost too much to bear.
A tropical getaway naturally comes to mind, but when am I going to find the time? Working on Fashion Avenue isn’t your typical “nine to five,” and by the time I finally leave the office, it’s a race to make my evening Soul-Cycle class. Not to mention that whole “needing to eat to survive” thing.
Well, my fellow New Yorkers, what do we do? How do we break away? It took a little digging but I think I may have the solution. Why not pamper ourselves with a little staycation? I’m not talking about sitting on the sofa with a glass of wine, watching reruns of Scandal. Please. I’m talking a real getaway in your own city! The idea is not a novel one, but inspired to research, I have my answer: Great Jones Spa.
Open until 10:00 pm and located in the heart of NoHo, Great Jones Spa offers a full menu of massages, facials, hair care treatments, and a spectacular water lounge visit included with each package.
I wasn’t sure what to expect at first venture, but several smiling hosts reassured me—they quickly checked me in, offered a glass of fresh lemon water, and escorted me downstairs to a women’s lounge. The area was equipped with private lockers, showers, and all the spa necessities—white robes, sandals, lotion, shampoo… you get the picture.
I picked the hot stone massage I’d heard so much about—it was breathtaking. Exactly what I needed to take me out of New York and into a Bahamas state of mind. If you’re considering this treatment, it’s totally worth it. Estheticians place hot stones on your back, the palms of your hand, and between your toes, and the heat causes your muscles to immediately relax. According to the person I worked with, it’s a perfect way to improve circulation and keep your body centered.
After my much-needed massage, I ventured down to the water lounge, which includes—drum roll please!—sauna, cold plunge, steam room and hot tub. If there is a heaven in New York, it is Great Jones Spa. The ambiance is beautiful, warm and relaxing. I completely recommend it for your next New York staycation.
Visit Great Jones Spa’s website for a full list of services.