Poised for Pampering
Long anticipated, The Chatwal Spa by Kashwére opened its doors in September, 2010 and promptly emerged as the theatre district's ultimate boutique spa. From its below street level location within the jaw-droppingly art deco Chatwal Hotel (formerly the Lambs Club), this miniature oasis has three treatment rooms and three all-inclusive changing rooms (unparalleled privacy along with multi-jet steam showers). Yet despite its intimate size, the space registers expansive.
Home to the hotel's gift shop, a small workout room, comfy relaxation area, saltwater plunge pools (hot and cold) and a saltwater lap pool, every element here is laced with distinctive surprises. The manicure/pedicure room, for example, is filled with lush touches like gold life-size deco figures and what spa director April Greenwood calls the spa's crowning jewel: a perfect circular light fixture embedded with Swarovski crystals.
The spa focuses on eco-friendly/organic products from the product lines Intraceuticals, SwissClinical, spa Technologies and Body Bliss. Expect to be wowed by treatment offerings. Highly recommended: the signature Chatwal Luxe Massage that morphs effortlessly between Swedish massage, reflexology, gentle stretches and acupressure.
As for the Kashwére connection, it all comes down to the robes. The Chatwal offers two: the standard two-fabric shawl collar spa robe and Kashwére's coveted cocoon-like wrap made of Chenilla yarn (the one that soared to celebrity status when Oprah put it on her list of Favorite Things). Available for purchase at the gift shop, the robe (which trust me, you'll have to have!) has recently been joined by several other Kashwére must-haves including baby, travel, and full-sized blankets, hooded mini-robes and socks. (kashwereathome.com/) 130 West 44th St. (between 6th & 7th Avenues), 212-764-5900, thechatwalny.com/spa
When The Spa's The Limit
An incubator of innovation, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York is where state-of-the-vanguard massage, facials and wraps are business as usual. This Zen-like retreat with its panoramic views of Central Park and outstanding staff courts return clientele by regularly upping the ante on its distinctive menu. Which brings me to their latest passion: groundbreaking customized facials.
Topping the list is the highest of high-end: a two-hour anti-aging experience from eminent Brazilian cosmetic surgeon to stars, royalty and socialites, Dr. Ivo Pitanguy. A serene splurge with a phenomenal pay off, the aptly named Opulent Rejuvenesence Facial utilizes over 10 Beauty By Clinica products as well as the dernier cri of equipment: the High Frequency Current Wand and the Opal Sonic Infuser. And while the facial concentrates on the face, neck and décolleté, it also features a heavenly hand and foot massage.
“Every aspect of the Opulent Rejuvenesence treatment - from its high quality products, to the sophisticated equipment, and the extended time spent deep cleaning, detoxifying, toning, stimulating, extracting and hydrating the skin have been carefully orchestrated to take this facial to an advanced level in terms of improving the skin’s condition and appearance,” notes spa director Denise Vitiello. “It’s the ultimate anti-aging weapon in our Facial Collection for those looking for visible, long-lasting results.”
Insider Info: Coming in May is another, yet-to-be-named facial using French-Japanese Evidens de Beaute products. 80 Columbus Circle (at 60th St.), 212-805-8880, mandarinoriental.com.
SPA WEEK, 2011 April 11th through April 17th
The 14th edition of Spa Week - the crème de la celebration of pampering, beauty and wellness - offers euphoria-seekers countless signature treatments that traditionally run from $100 to $300 for a mere $50. For example, at Manhattan's Completely Bare Spas you can become bikini-ready for a fraction of their normal fees, while at Clarins Skin Spa (both Madison and Columbus Avenue locations), their $150 Tri-Active facial is 1/3 the cost.
And for a year-round gift of R&R, check out Spa Week's Gift Cards (accepted at over 2,000 spas nationwide). They come in $25, $50 and $100 increments and never expire.
For up-to-the-minute info on participating spas, the treatments being offered and the Gift Cards, visit spaweek.com. Keep in mind that many Spa Week participants extend the special rate beyond seven days!
Optical Illusion at Bloomingdale's
Leave it to Bloomingdale's to offer one of the spa-world's most valued items: the eye-specific Opal Sonic Infusion System by Clarisonic. A key to the New York Mandarin's Opulent Rejuvenescence Facial and a by-request option (puffiness be gone!) at the elegant Spa at Trump SoHo, the Opal infuses serum deep into the delicate area around the eyes for strikingly firmer skin and a brighter outlook in just a few weeks. Compact size makes it ideal for travel. $245. Bloomingdales.com