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If your perfect day involves a deep-tissue and a Big Apple extravaganza, The Peninsula Spa New York will quickly become your go-to spot. This New York City urban retreat was redesigned in 2009 by Alexandra Champalimaud to create a truly unique place that combines modern, nature-inspired décor and a fusion of European, Asian and Ayurvedic techniques and traditions.
After a packed day of pampering at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa, when you’re ready to hit the town, there are plenty of things to see and do nearby. For a great view of the city’s skyline, visit the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Plaza. While at Rockefeller Center, you can go on a tour of the NBC studios where Today, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon are filmed. Located right across from Rockefeller Center is the largest gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Known for its breathtaking architecture, this monolith features the rose window, an altar designed by Tiffany & Co. and a pieta three times the size of Michelangelo’s. The cathedral holds weekly masses and tours.
Art enthusiasts interested in checking out the latest in art should visit the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), home to one of the most impressive contemporary art collections in the world (11 W. 53rd St.). Or, if a performance is more your style, visit Carnegie Hall or Radio City Music Hall. Carnegie Hall’s concert season runs from October through June. Radio City Music Hall is home to the Rockettes and if you are in the city during the holidays, get tickets to see the annual, can’t-miss Radio City Christmas Spectacular. For a laid-back dinner-and-a-movie, visit one of the many movie theaters nearby like the Loews Cineplex or AMC.