La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Swiss bliss in Midtown Manhattan
Services at the petite La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa use the La Prairie line of Swiss skincare products. Treatments include a long list of pleasures for the face, body and nails. The Maximum Indulgence package combines a 90-minute La Prairie Signature Facial, 30-minute manicure and 60-minute pedicure — leaving you perfectly pampered for your big adventure in the city. 

There’s plenty of details to remind you that you’re at The Ritz-Carlton, too: the women’s changing area has a steam room and all the personal amenities you might need, plus lockers with their own jewelry boxes. The men’s area has a supersized steam room, which is said to have hosted more than one business meeting.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The best way to make an appointment at La Prairie is to call the spa’s front desk.

• Accommodating the busy New York City lifestyle, the sanctuary is open between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily.

• It’s best to book your appointment at least two days in advance for weekdays, and three to four days in advance for Saturdays, the spa’s busiest day of the week.

• You must give 24 hours' notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid penalty fees.

• Therapists can be selected based on gender, assuring maximum comfort during your day of indulgence.
Things to Know
• La Prairie’s trademark has always been its de-aging products, and they take center stage during the Platinum Rare Facial. As one esthetician works on your face and massages in the rare element treatment, a second begins with a foot bath that progresses to a detailed hand and foot treatment. Four helping hands certainly beat two.

• Anti-aging is also the focus of the Caviar Firming Facial, which utilizes products from La Prairie’s popular Skin Caviar line. The Caviar line combines state-of-the-art science with luxury — much like the spa overall.

• Reap the beautifying benefits of an ocean jaunt without stepping foot outside of Manhattan by rewarding yourself in the Gifts from the Sea treatment. A mineral-rich seaweed wrap will nourish your skin while rich seawater hydrates and replenishes.

• If you’ve got a little more time on your hands, book the Total Escape — a 3.5-hour treatment consisting of a 60-minute massage of your choice, a 60-minute La Prairie Signature Facial and The Perfect Manicure and Pedicure. You’ll leave looking and feeling refreshed.

• For the ultimate indulgence, try, well, the Ultimate Indulgence treatment. Two therapists will work on you, beginning with a full body exfoliation that progresses to a warm, hydrating wrap and ends with a 60-minute full body Caviar Massage.
The Treatments
• In keeping with the hotel's Old World aesthetic, the cozy relaxation area is bathed in muted shades of gold, gray and royal blue. 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.

• Because of their far-interior placement, none of the treatment rooms have windows looking out. But on the flip side of that, not having outward-looking windows guarantees a certain level of privacy in the spa’s treatment rooms.

• The spacious workout area houses a variety of cardio and weight-training equipment. Bikes, elliptical machines and treadmills are all equipped with iPod docks and personal televisions to keep you entertained and motivated while working up a sweat.

• When you’re finally ready to bid adieu to La Prairie, a fully stocked locker room awaits, with all the necessary toiletries, such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner and even a hair dryer or two, meaning you won’t need to pack much besides your makeup bag at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa.

• Farther back, you’ll find two private showers and two private toilets along with a steam room for pre- or post-treatment lolling, with a basin of ice-chilled cucumbers standing guard outside.
Getting There
50 Central Park South, New York, New York 10019
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