Living in one of the busiest cities in the world means we love escaping to the spa whenever we get the chance. At the start of the pandemic we naturally worried about the industry and its employees. We missed our community! This year, the International Spa Association re-launched its conference in Vegas, and the industry reunited. The International Spa Association has been the voice of American spas since 1999, and is known all over the world. Their latest statistics on the industry’s recovery prove that people value wellness more than ever. A Power Session at the 2022 ISPA Conference revealed the Big Five Statistics with the help of a study commissioned by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The US Spa Industry revenues grew from $12.1 billion in 2020 to $18.1 billion, an increase of more than 49 percent and just below the industry’s all-time high of $19.1 billion in 2019. The number of spa visits grew from 124 million in 2020 to 173 million, while the total number of U.S. spas fell only slightly from 21,560 in 2020 to 21,510 in 2021. A notable increase in revenue per spa visit—up from $97.5 in 2020 to $104.5 last year—played a crucial role in elevating industry revenues. The number of industry employees also rose in 2021, increasing to 345,000 from 304,800 in 2020. The good news is that the industry has seen a return to near pre-pandemic revenue levels, even as staffing challenges persist.
ISPA President, Lynne McNees, said: “We are thrilled to report strong signs of recovery for our industry, including a six billion dollar increase in total revenue. We are confident that this positive trend will continue, and we look forward to seeing how members use this new industry and consumer data to further elevate the industry.”
In honor of these numbers, and the Mental Health Awareness Month, we give you our ultimate list of wellness spaces where New Yorkers come to get away from it all. From the hidden, to the influencer-famous, wellness spaces in New York City provide much-needed sanctuary from noise, pollution, and the never-ending hustle.
Meet Your Wellness Community. The Well brought New Yorkers a real holistic wellness experience. There is no other place like it. This is a full-service spa, education center, shop, restaurant, and a healing retreat. From vitamin-infusion drips to Biologique Recherche facials, The Well is a place where you can meet other likeminded people or come to for much-needed alone time. The stylish interior and friendly service beckons you to stay a while and focus on your health.
Luxury on the Upper East Side. The Carlyle is world-famous, but as of late it has also seen a new type of visitor. Gen Z and Millennials have started to flock here for the well-known Bemelman’s Bar. As of this year there is an even better reason to visit – La Maison Valmont. Valmont’s first ever New York City flagship retail shop and spa opened inside The Carlyle, giving us an insider look into all things Valmont. The Swiss luxury brand is known for long history of effective anti-aging skincare and cutting edge spa treatments. Come here to get your skin analysis, shop, book a treatment, and have a cocktail afterwards. When it comes to luxury, The Carlyle truly has it all.
Where New Yorkers Take The Plunge. For a quick hot and cold plunge or hours long relaxation, visit the Great Jones Spa. Native New Yorkers have been coming here for the “water-cure” since the early 2000’s. The affordable day pass and oasis-like environment makes this the ideal spa to meet friends or even a date. Come here for the amenities, like their water lounge, or book a massage. The no-frills spa delivers tried-and-true spa treatments, refreshments, and a shop with all your spa skincare essentials.
Step Into Your Chill Space. Chillhouse is a modern wellness space for trendy treatments, like an infrared sauna, gel manicures, and creative chill lattes. If you find yourself in need of a special manicure in a comfortable place this is the place to do it. The posh and clean interior helps you take a time-out from the stress of living in the city. Invite a friend or two and share the stress-relief. We love the uplifting energy of this space and the branded products that can help you chill at home.
For The Modern Wellness Warrior. Manhattan is not the only place stressed out New Yorkers go to relax. Bathhouse is a chic Williamsburg spa offering attractive spa amenities like hot and cold plunge pools and a private bath soak sanctuary. This is the kind of place that makes you want to spend a few hours. Try the Hammam Scrub, it is heavenly? For an all day event, we recommend booking a couples massage, enjoying the amenities and making a reservation for dinner at their restaurant afterwards. Forget the influencer hype and try it out for yourself.
Healing Every Part Of You! Whether you need a quick lunch break respite in a pink Himalayan salt room, or see the chiropractor, Modrn Sanctuary has it all! This healing space offers an extensive menu of options to help you on your journey towards a healthier you. Our favorite way to relax here is with the Infrared Salt Sauna, Salt Room, or getting a Lymphatic Drainage treatment. In fact, we recommend doing your research on all their treatments and find one that suits your needs. This place is full of surprises.
Make It a Self-Care Day. ZZ Day Spa is a hidden sanctuary in Herald Square. From the moment you enter, to the moment you leave, you are treated like royalty. This spa might be small, but it has one of the most comfortable lounges. If you seek experienced aestheticians, come here to get pampered with reputable brands like Repechage. We came in to try the brand’s new Hydra Dew Facial, and walked out feeling absolutely refreshed.
Wellness Experience Unlike Anything Else. QC NY is a newly opened Italian spa located on Governors Island. That’s right, we said Governor’s Island. QC Terme Spas and Resorts built a stylish escape just a few minutes from Manhattan. From elegant relaxation lounges to water therapy, this is exactly the kind of day spa New Yorkers deserve. Do yourself a favor, book a trip on the Governor’s Island Ferry and have yourself a mini getaway. Beware, the outdoor pools might not be open yet!
Breathe Easy with Salt Therapy! If you cannot make it to the beach, the next best thing is Salt Live Energized in the West Village. Considering the city pollution and the effects of Covid-19 on our lungs, a salt air therapy center is exactly what New Yorkers need. The natural anti-bacterial salt air widens your airways, loosens clinging mucus, and reduces inflammation. The duo behind this wellness space takes lung health seriously.
Worthy Of a Staycation! Last, but not least, is Shibui Spa. Entering this luxury hotel spa in the West Village transports you to a Japanese-style wellness oasis. Interior details, like wood and stone, help make this space look traditional. Practitioners here are trained in both ancient and modern treatments – we recommend booking an Onsen Ritual. This is the kind of place where you forget about being in New York City, sit back and breathe in tranquility. Try yoga by the pool or relax with a hot tea in the lounge. Come here with someone special, because it truly feels like a vacation!