If you were to take La Prairie's luxurious approach to beauty and skin care, add a sprinkle of classic New York charm, and remove any sense of snobbery, you'd begin to understand why this spa has been such a well-kept secret among the world's elite.
I finally paid La Prairie a long overdue visit this week, and have nothing but praise for their spa and services. My Hot and Cool Stone Therapeutic Massage ($195-$255) was absolutely amazing, and made that much better by their attentive and gracious staff.
I've been to so many 'luxury' driven spas since moving to New York and, aside from an elaborate mani/pedi here or there, I've been quite disappointed with the majority of my services. This was actually the first time I've walked out of a treatment itching to book a full day of pampering (but, due to deadline, had to resist!).
My recommendation: If you have four hours (and $455) to spare, schedule a Private Reserve session and enjoy a customized facial, Swedish massage, madi/pedi, and a light lunch in a private treatment room.
La Prairie Spa at The Ritz Carlton
50 Central Park South
(212) 308 9100