The Best Spas in New York State

The Best Spas in New York for Weekend Getaways

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New York spas are some of the best in the country. There are plenty of luxury hotel spas in New York City where you can spend the night or visit as a day spa. Once you leave the city, you can find lavish resort spas, intimate inn spas, and destination spas, also known as health spas, which offer an immersion experience with an emphasis on transformation and self-improvement.

All the New York spas on this list offer overnight accommodations, but you can also visit them and get spa treatments on a day basis.

Luxury Hotel Spas in New York City

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York, New York City. This luxurious, romantic urban hotel spa sets the standard for luxury hotel spas in New York City. It is located on the 35th floor of the Time Warner center on Central Park at Columbus Circle. Fabulous shopping and the world's best chefs are just an elevator ride away. One of my top ten romantic spas.

Find more luxury hotel spas in New York City, including The Spa at The Peninsula, La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton, and Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza.

Destination Spas in New York

The Copperhood Inn & Spa is a small, intimate destination spa that reflects the European sensibility of its owner, Elizabeth Winograd Iwinski. Set on the Esopus Creek near Shandaken, New York, it has beautiful views of the northern Catskills from its back deck. It's also big with the juicing crowd.

Big Resort Spas in New York

Mohonk Mountain House is a 19th century mountain house that has so much history and authenticity it's hard not to fall in love.

Set on a small mountain-top lake where you can canoe or kayak, Mohonk is known for its hiking trails, family-friendly programs, and historic charm. The spa carries on the Victorian theme and caters to couples.

Skana, The Spa at Turning Stone Resort & Casino , Verona, New York, is owned by the Oneida tribe and so the spa menu has an emphasis on Native American traditions.

This offers many different types of accommodations, including The Lodge, an all-suite 95-room hotel, the 19-story Tower with 285 rooms, and so on down to an RV park.

Medium-Sized Resort Spas in New York

The Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs is a historic property with 22 suites and 120 guest rooms, located right inside the Saratoga Spa State Park. Right next door is the Roosevelt Baths & Spa, where you can take a soak in effervescent mineral water that the area is famous for since the 19th century. (Ask to make sure you get unmixed water.) Saratoga Springs is especially popular in summer when the Saratoga Racetrack the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are up and running. The park also has an 18-hole golf course.

Located in the heart of the Adirondacks. Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa is Lake Placid's only four-diamond resort. The clubby 128-room white clapboard and green-shuttered resort has private beachfront on its 7 acres overlooking Mirror Lake. It's a year-round destination, with winter sports that include dogsled rides.

Intimate Inn Spas In New York

Spa Mirbeau is located just outside Skeneateles, the historic town at the northern tip of Lake Skeneateles, in the Finger Lakes Wine Country.

It strongly evokes a French country inn, berets and all, and manages to pull it off. One of my top ten romantic spas.

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 exotic Indian style, and a spa that carries through the theme. If you have kids, you can stay at the family-friendly Lodge next door.

Set near the furthest tip of Long Island, Gurney's is a Montauk institution, with a five-star beachfront location and the closest thing America has to a thalassotherapy spa. The public spaces and spa are a little dated, but the rooms have been redone in a nice beach style.

Looking For Something Different?

If you live in New York City, you can also have a mini-holiday by going to one of the best day spas in New York City.

You can also look to Lenox, Massachusetts, which is rich in spas -- Canyon Ranch, Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.