The Best Resort Spas in New York

New York Spas for Weekend Getaways

New York resort spas provide a rich range of experiences, including hiking, boating and skiing at historic properties with lakeside settings, modern family-friendly hotels, intimate inns that excel in food and wine, and a sprawling casino spa with big marquee entertainers.  (There's even a small juice fasting spa with colonics for the health set.)  And that doesn't include the luxury hotel spas of New York City, which are so numerous they deserve their own list.  


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    Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York

    Mohonk Mountain House in New York
    ••• The co-ed solarium at Mohonk is a comfortable place to wait for your treatment. The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House in New York

    Mohonk Mountain House is a historical treasure that dates back to 1869, when a modest inn was built on the small mountain-top Lake Mohonk.   Today the grand, sprawling 266-room Victorian hotel is still surrounded by thousands of acres of forest, with 85 miles of hiking trails at its door, less than two hours from New York City. Rooms are small but 124 have wood-burning fireplaces. Enjoy tennis, golf, lake swimming, boating, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and children's programs. Meals in a splendid dining room and exercise classes are included in the rates.  The 30,000 square-foot spa is Victorian style, with 16 treatment rooms, a couples room with fireplace, and a co-ed solarium. Tel. 845-255-1000. 

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    Mirbeau Inn & Spa in New York
    ••• The rest and relaxation room at Mirbeau Spa in upstate New York. Mirbeau Inn & Spa in New York

    Mirbeau Inn & Spa is a charming 34-room inn on the northern tip of Lake Skaneateles in New York's fabled Finger Lakes.  Designed to resemble Monet's garden, the inn has warm, yellow buildings and a pond and green bridge at its center. Expect some berets and cafe music, but it's a lovely place from which to explore the historic town and nearby wineries. Make day trips to Seneca Falls (home to feminism) and charming Aurora.  Designed by Sylvia Sepielli, the spa is just gorgeous, with fireplaces in most of the 18 treatment rooms.  And my therapist was top-notch.  It also has lots of exercise classes and a great steak house and wine list.  20 miles west of Syracuse. Tel.877-647-232&315-685-1927.    

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    This is a small but charming destination spa in the northern Catskills, with 15 rooms and suites that offer views of Garfiled Mountain and the winding Esopus Creek.  It has healthy food, yoga classes, hiking and a modest but well-outfitted spa with six treatment rooms (including a wet room with Vichy shower, Scotch hose and hydrotherapy tub.)  It also has a sauna, hot tub, steam room, 60-foot indoor pool and full gym.   Copperhood has developed a following for its customized weight-loss, detox, juice-fast and raw food programs, ranging from three days to a month.  Tel 845-688-2460. 

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    ••• The view from Mirror Lake Inn is gorgeous. Anitra Brown

    Set in the heart of the Adirondacks, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa is Lake Placid's finest hotel.  The clubby 128-room white clapboard and green-shuttered resort has private beachfront on its seven acres overlooking Mirror Lake on one side, mountain peaks on the other.  It's a year-round destination, with swimming, complimentary canoes and kayaks, hiking, and winter sports that include dogsled rides on the frozen lake.  The plush spa is done up in marble and mahogany, with fireplace, whirlpools, and steam rooms.  110 miles south of Montreal, Canada, NY, NC.  Tel. 518-523-2544 (reservations) or 518-302-3010. (spa)  

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    The Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa is a charming bed and breakfast on 70-acres in prime orchard country in the Hudson Valley, with a total of 19 rooms and guest houses.  Located near New Paltz on the western side of the Hudson River, it's Jjst a few hours from NYC, it makes a great getaway.   Henry's restaurant features food from its organic garden and bee hives.  The modern-looking spa is interesting, utilizing solar and geo-thermal energy to heat its sauna, steam room and mineral pool, which uses the lowest amont Tel. 877-746-6772 or 845-795-1310  (reservations) 845-795-4050 (spa).

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    One of the great 19th century resort towns because of its mineral waters, Saratoga Springs is still a vibrant historic town with great restaurants and shopping.  Summer is peak season because of thoroughbred racing and performances by the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra.  The Georgian Revival style Gideon Putnam Resort is in the Saratoga Spa State Park, with 22 suites and up-to-date 120 guest-rooms.  It's right next to the the Roosevelt Baths & Spa, a truly historic spa that offers heated mineral water bathing. The naturally effervescent water is now mixed with tap water, but the massages in the 42-room spa are excellent.  Tel. 866-890-1171 or 518-584-3000 (hotel).  800-452-7275  or 518-226-4790 (spa).  

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    Skana Spa at Turning Stone
    ••• Skana Spa's architecture pays homage to the Oneida tribe, which owns the spa. Skana Spa at Turning Stone

    The Oneida tribe owns this major casino resort on 1,200 acres in upstate New York's scenic Mohawk Valley, called the Leatherstocking region in James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel, Last of the Mohicans.   Skana, the spa, is the Oneida word for "peace."   The resort has a full range of accommodations, ranging from an RV park (mid-Apr to Oct.) on up.  Skana is located in the most upscale choice, the 95 room all-suite Lodge at Turning Stone Resort.  The 33,000 square-foot spa and salon is a tribute to Oneida architecture and has 12-treatment rooms. The more affordable Ahsi Day Spa is in the 19-floor Tower Building, along with The Fitness Club and casino.   Reservations or spas, 800-711-7711 or 315-361-7711.   35 miles east of Syracuse. 

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    Set on the Esopus Creek in the northern Catskills, The Emerson is an elegant, family-friendly inn -- you can even bring your dog.  The recently redone spa offers traditional massage therapies and facials along with and fitness studio.  There's fine dining, excellent shopping and the world's largest kaleidoscope.  Don't expect traditional resort amenities like golf.  Tel 877-688-2828 or 845.688.2828.

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    With a fabulous beachfront location way out on Long Island, Gurney's is a Montauk institution.  It's also the closest thing America has to a thalassotherapy spa.   Gurney's uses real seawater in a modern hydrotherapy tub (most spas just add powdered algae to tap water) and it has an indoor seawater pool with as little chlorine as possible.  Gurney's can also help you design a customized thalassotherapy program to help with detoxification and weight loss. Gurney's public spaces 1950s-era and the spa is dated, but the setting is five-star and rooms have been nicely redone in contemporary beach style. They all face the ocean, with private decks for sunning yourself.  It has 109 rooms and five cottages.  Tel. 631-668-1717

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    This white clapboard classic resort dates to 1883, when an inn was first built on a private 70-acre island on Lake George, a historic vacation destination at the southern Adirondacks.  A seasonal, family-friendly resort with a championship golf course, The Sagamore has splendid views of the mountains, and a modest spa and salon with a full range of treatments.   Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, a private beach, jogger's trails, with nearby hiking, biking, white water rafting, and horseback riding.   The historic hotel has 137 rooms and suites, while the lodges have another 224 rooms. 60 miles north of Albany.  Closed Dec. - April.  Tel. 866-385-6221 or 518-644-9400.  518-743-6081 (spa).  

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    Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York

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    Emerson Resort & Spa, Mt. Tremper, New York

     Emerson Resort & Spa is just a few hours from New York City in the northern Catskills, right on the Esopus Creek near Mt. Tremper. The Emerson is an adults-only enviroment with 26 luxury suites decorated in an , and a spa that carries through the theme.kid friendly, dog friendly.