What does the relaxation area look like at La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa?

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In keeping with the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel's Old World aesthetic, the cozy relaxation area at La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa is bathed in muted shades of gold, gray and royal blue. Several seats — including a brocade chaise lounge, a pair of overstuffed chairs and more utilitarian wood chairs — hug the perimeter of the room, while a pair of windows on the room’s north wall remain shaded to provide privacy and heighten the relaxing atmosphere at the New York spa. A table piled with refreshments such as iced tea, dried nuts and fruit also sits along the north wall and on the windowsill you’ll find a selection of books to help you unwind while waiting for your treatment to start. But don’t look for the magazine rack. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa believes periodicals are counterproductive to unwinding — a bit of a surprise, but one that makes sense upon further examination.

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