Located on Manhattan's prestigious Upper East Side, the Spa at the Surrey resides on the second floor of the hotel and opened in 2009. The Spa is void of a communal changing room, so I never changed into the standard spa robe and slippers and instead relaxed in the lounge wearing my regular clothes. Then my therapist took me to my treatment room to change and explain what I was having. I was getting a Kodo massage, which taps into the ancient healing traditions of Australian Aboriginal culture. The treatment utilizes natural resources such as Tasmanian soils, native flowers, berries, kelp, barks, desert salts and indigenous plants. The massage was as relaxing as it was unique.
The lounge area has individual seating areas partitioned by flowing white curtains to give privacy (something appreciated by the hotel's upscale clientele). Water, tea and other beverages are available. The spa is small, but nicely decorated. There are three treatment rooms, two oversized spa suites and a manicure/pedicure station. The treatment rooms and spa suites have a dressing armoire, vanity, and shower. The spa suites can accommodate couples massage and include a full private bath with an infinity soaking tub and dual temperature shower.
The spa's design is soft and welcoming, with white and beige hues, Art Deco light fixtures and ornate hand-painted armoires alongside contemporary artwork. I loved that it was so airy and light--the bright white design felt very positive and calming.
Web: The Spa at The Surrey
Phone: (646) 358-3600
20 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021