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Cornelia Day Resort - Spa Review


by Sandy Samuels

The Roof Garden at Cornelia Day Resort
The Roof Garden at Cornelia Day Resort

The next best thing to a days-long spa getaway is going away to a day spa. Stressful times can be blissfully relieved in one comprehensive, all-day pampering session at a local day spa (or hotel spa). For the best results (and biggest smiles), block a full day off a busy calendar and schedule two or more morning treatments (half-day or full-day packages offer savings), plus lunch and beauty appointments.

A guest experiences the Watsu Pool at Cornelia Day Resort
A guest experiences the Watsu Pool
At Manhattan's chic and glamorous Cornelia Day Resort—a 22,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2005—the special morning starts with a thirty-minute brisk walk around Central Park's reservoir and down Fifth Avenue. Once inside, an escort graciously greets and leads guests across marble floors to a divine locker room. Guests are given their own full-length, individual lockers, complete with their names posted on the front, door locks and interior safes within. Later, the escort shows clients to the Relaxation Library to await the therapist.

On an upper level, walls of glossy blue glass tiles lead to the Watsu Pool, Manhattan's only indoor pool for a one-on-one, shiatsu-like stretch and massage treatment called Watsu Flow®. While floating in 95-degree salt water, guests are cradled by a Watsu practitioner and swirled like an uplifted ballerina to reach a level of relaxation that Cornelia Day Spa describes as physical and highly spiritual. During the treatment, spagoers will catch a glimpse of the Gothic spires above St. Patrick's Cathedral through the large window wall.

During the 90-minute facial, both an aesthetician and a massage therapist work their magic. The masseuse soaks tired feet in warm water and massages hands and arms, while the aesthetician deep cleanses, exfoliates, applies a masque to lift impurities, then extracts and moisturizes. For some, a hand and foot massage is enough. But for massage aficionados, the Cornelia Signature Massage is a must: combining Swedish, Deep Tissue and Shiatsu massage, it is specially tailored to each individual as part of the spa's Treatment Tracking Technology.

Afterwards at lunch on the Roof Garden, the views are of another Gothic church, St. Andrew's. The spa cuisine menu is just as idyllic as the scenery, with selections like the Antipasti Dei Tre Insalata, Miso Salmon Sate, and Chocolate Raspberry Napoleon. After lunch and a blow dry and style at the David Evangelista at Cornelia salon, clients will look as good as they feel. What a difference a day spa makes!

Cornelia Day Resort
663 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

(Updated: 12/15/10 CT)

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