Your correspondent has it under good authority that right now, at this very Gregorian moment, a not-small percentage of women have a single phrase on their mind: "get right for summer." Step one in their quest: the gym. Step two: the spa. Step two is where you come in. Here's Where to Take Her, Spa Edition.
Aire Ancient Baths - Tribeca - Flickering candles are one thing. Flickering candles illuminating a massive subterranean grotto filled with soaking pools of every temperature and private rooms where couples can bathe in red wine or olive oil are quite another. You’ve surely heard of it; it’s time to actually make the trip.
Glenmere Mansion - Hudson Valley - Think the Mayflower Inn, only slightly more Mediterranean and significantly less overrun. A sprawling, opulent villa with every spa treatment under the sun, three world-class restaurants and a penthouse suite featuring private elevator and three fireplaces.
Great Jones Spa - Nolita - Trendy location. Of-the-moment treatments from aromatherapy to hot stones. Plus the latest in hands and feet therapeutics, and expert waxing of … stuff. Because what’s more Carrie Bradshaw than that?
Savor Spa & Boutique - West Village - The spa offshoot of organic skincare company Om Aroma & Co., Savor is an “eco-boutique spa” specializing in earth-friendly treatments like pumpkin enzyme facial peels, holistic massage and Thai yoga. All natural, baby.
The Sanctuary Spa - Charleston, SC - Actually located at the golf resort of neighboring Kiawah Island, The Sanctuary offers spa “medleys” with massages, facial treatments and mani/pedis one after another. Outside: 90 holes of championship golf, including courses designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental - Miami, FL - For those who take their rejuvenation seriously. Private spa suites with floor-to-ceiling windows facing Biscayne Bay. Facial treatments developed by the world’s most famous plastic surgeon, whose patient roster purportedly includes European royalty and Tom Cruise. State-of-the-art fitness including private training, yoga and pilates. If this place doesn’t work, you’re in deep trouble.
The Spa at The Setai Club - FiDi - Lady of the power-broker set? Look no further than this Wall Street members-only luxury fitness club where even non-members can check in for premium treatments from deep tissue massage to hot mud baths. If you do decide to join, the champagne-and-truffle-for-two package ain’t a bad choice.
The Spa at Trump SoHo - SoHo - A true luxury spa with legit hammam rituals? Great idea. Warm stone on which you and/or your lady can be scrubbed thoroughly, and private areas in which she can receive Trump’s much-ballyhooed massages and you can enjoy treatments geared specifically for the fellas.
Topping Rose House - Bridgehampton - At Tom Colicchio’s luxury B&B the spa is run by 20-year vets Neuropathica, who focus not just on wellness treatments, but also diet and herbal remedies to tune you up from the inside out. Poolside yoga programs and Colicchio grub from the adjacent farm won’t hurt, either.