By Olivia Cuccaro
While some spas aim to transport guests far from the hustle and bustle, those looking to relax with the spirit of the city in mind will find tranquility at The Spa at The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Opened in October 2016, the new spa offers a much-needed urban retreat in Lower Manhattan.
Serenity is first found in the cool, neutral tones that are carried throughout the spa. Here, Four Seasons trades plush opulence for a sleek, understated approach to a relaxing atmosphere. A right turn at the large marble concierge desk leads to the property’s 75ft lap pool, inviting guests to take a dip post-treatment or unwind in a lounge chair. A 24-hour fitness center overlooks the city, featuring a stunning view of the illuminated Oculus at night.
Retreat to separate men’s and women’s locker areas to shower and sweat out the day’s toxins in slanted-ceiling steam rooms. The spa also includes one couples’ spa suite and an outdoor terrace and sun deck. Step into the Relaxation Lounge to rest with a fruit infusion before continuing on to one of seven treatment rooms that pay homage to the city with names like nearby Battery Park.
For a head-to-toe detox, we recommend the spa’s Hungarian Purifying Mud treatment. A welcome interpretation of the traditional wrap treatment, the experience begins with a gentle yet thorough exfoliation. A balm of orange blossom oil, moor mud and sea salt eliminate dead skin cells and leave skin radiant. You are then lathered in a mud mask rich in calcium and magnesium and cocooned to draw out impurities, brighten and tone skin. While resting in the wrap, any remaining tension is relieved with a scalp massage. A final rose quartz mineral stone massage instills a sense of calm that prepares you to take on the city–or a few more treatments.
Suitable for all skin types, the Hungarian Purifying Mud Treatment is $395 for 100 minutes. To book, please contact The Spa at +1 646 880 1999 or request online. Spa services are currently available only to guests of the Four Seasons.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is located at 27 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007.