By: Anne M. Raso
I am sure many hard-working professionals who need a serious pampering break often wonder if it’s worth it to spend hundred of dollars for a massage (or other services) at world famous spas that many feel are just for the rich and famous, aka “the beautiful people”!
I checked out the Guerlain Spa in the Waldorf Astoria last week for the 50 minute Hot Stone Massage just because I have never had a bad hot stone massage—nothing beats it for sure muscles, especially shoulder blade and lower back pain. This service costs a whopping $265 plus 18 per cent service charge but I will say that this is by far the most luxurious and relaxing spa treatment that I have ever had (and I have had them at eight to 10 of the world’s most famous hotels and spas in the past). I say that not only because of the quality of the service but also because of all the little extras along the way.
I got the suite myself for 20 minutes after the massage, which is standard at the Guerlain Spa, Geanina offered me another drink before she left the room but she had already put out water and a delicious dark chocolate. I was also offered a free makeup application by one of the spa’s makeup artist, which was a nice touch. It was hard to leave the spa not only because I was so relaxed that I wanted a nap but also because it was so stunning. It looks like something from a Bond film but fits into the classic décor of the Waldorf at the same time. Is this massage worth the price? Most definitely, since it is not just a massage but also a whole “spa experience” with a lot of extras. A lot of people come here as a birthday treat for themselves or for a special bachelorette party treat. You would be hard-pressed to find a larger or more well appointed spa. I would put a visit here on my “bucket list” if I had not done it already! I will be back! (More than 60 services are offered so it’s overwhelming about which one I want next!) The address for the spa is 150 East 50th Street between Lexington and Park, NYC. To book an appointment, go to www.guerlainspas.com or call 212-872-7200.
Photos By Anne Raso & Courtesy The Guerlain Spa