Spring is in the air and nothing will boost your beauty routine like a luxurious spa or salon treatment. This month I’m rounding up a few of the best beauty havens to be found in NYC just in time to reinvigorate your look for spring and summer!
Classic Charm and Pampering
The Spa at The Surrey, is one of those sweet New York gems—peaceful relaxation with personalized treatment from consummate masseuses, tucked away in The Surrey Hotel, conveniently located just off Madison Avenue and 76th Street in the heart of New York City’s chic Upper East Side. After a brief consultation to discuss your needs—pressure, soreness and overall physical condition—you will unwind under capable hands and emerge a new person. The best part is that one moment you can be sipping a latte from Limoges porcelain at the casually elegant Café Boulud just inside The Surrey lobby--a favorite of Upper East Side regulars--and minutes later you can duck into the Spa at Surrey and enjoy an exquisite treatment. If you’re in town for business, you might want to consider staying at the hotel, which is one of the finest in the city and the exclusive hotel partner of the Whitney’s 2012 Biennial. Built in1926, and home to celebrities such as JFK, Claudette Colbert, and Bette Davis, the historical integrity of the hotel was carefully kept intact, with a complete modernization that allows the most discerning guests to enjoy luxury in an atmosphere of classic charm. Duxiana beds and Pratesi robes are just a few of the amenities that will keep you feeling pampered and rested, and the onsite Spa is just an elevator ride away. For more information please visit TheSurrey.com or call (646) 358-3634.
Tressed for Spring/Summer
If you’re looking for a cut that appears super chic but is truly low maintenance, James Vides at Sally Hershberger Downtown, should be your first stop. James assisted Sally Hershberger for a number of years and has since built a clientele that includes Oscar-nominated actresses such as Kate Winslet and Natalie Portman along with a slew of beauties such as Kylie Minogue, Sophie Dahl and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld to name a few. Add to his celeb client list Elvis Costello and Diane Krall, and you can see what an eclectic range of hair Vides styles, not to mention top runway shows in New York, Paris, and Milan, where he has worked alongside both Guido and Orlando Pita on a regular basis to create looks for Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Balenciaga and Derek Lam. Despite his high fashion pedigree, James is very personable and styles many local clients. His signature soft bob has become a popular hair trend and he told me that he enjoys both the Jean Seberg-inspired short cut for spring/summer along with longer hair. Most important to Vides is that his cuts are easy for his clients to style on their own, and that they grow out painlessly. Sally Hershberger Downtown (www.sallyhershberger.com) is located at 425 West 14th Street. You can request an appointment with James Vides at (212) 206-8700.
Experience a Luxury Hammams
The moment you step into the Spa at The Trump Soho, you will experience Assyrian-shaped ceilings tiled in Capiz shells, woven-mesh chandeliers of nickel and crystal and the first authentic luxury hammams in New York City. Expect a sensuous and serene experience inspired by Ivanka Trump’s travels in Istanbul in this 11,000 square foot oasis, which includes nine private treatment rooms and wet rooms, separate hammams for men and women, and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. While the gorgeous surroundings are spectacular, it’s the dedicated Hammam Attaché catering to your individual needs that really puts this spa into a class by itself. From helping you to chose a Trump Signature Gemstone Spa Treatment featuring precious gemstone infused oils—sapphires to calm and heal, diamonds for balance, emeralds to purify, and rubies to revitalize and guiding you through each step of the experience; assisting with the selection of a robe, slippers and locker to preparing infused elixirs and customizing iPod music selections, this is a highly personalized luxury experience that unparalleled. If you’re in search of the perfect combination of luxury and pampering in downtown Manhattan, The Trump Soho suites include a separate living space that allows for private business meetings or entertaining with floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive views. The Trump Soho is located at 246 Spring Street, New York City, NY 10013. Please visit TrumpSohoHotel.com for more information.
Wishing you all the beautiful luxuries of Spring and Summer!
Fashion Designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She designs a line of couture women's clothing, fine jewelry, and handbags. For more information please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.