It used to be that when you booked a spa visit to New York City, you made a point of taking in a handful of shows, shops, and buzzed-about Zagat-rated restaurants as well as your hot stone massage.
Now two top New York City hotel spas are offering an antidote to the gluttony with juice cleanse packages, which are incredibly popular with New Yorkers. So you can go home with a glow and not a gut.
Surrey Spa: At the Surrey Spa (www.thesurrey.com), guests can book a three-day Organic Avenue (www.organicavenue.com) juice cleanse, paired with two 60-minute detoxifying spa treatments (facial, massage, or scrub); one private yoga or Pilates class; and luxe accommodations.
Organic Avenue, a favorite of NYC's healthiest set and celebs like Russell Simmons and Gwyneth Paltrow, has several popular raw-food and juice outposts around New York City. The juice cleanse programs offered at the Surrey range from LOVEeasy, with raw food dishes and juices, to the juice-only LOVEdeep. "Juice cleanses are part of a well-rounded approach to what spas are about creating a healthy ongoing lifestyle. The detox treatments and mind-body classes help support the cleanse," says Cheryl Jacobs, Surrey's spa director. And yes, the mini bar is emptied prior to your arrival. The Spa at The Surrey LOVE cleanse and revitalization package starts at $574 per night and is available through the end of the year.
Mandarin Oriental: Mandarin Oriental New York (www.mandarinoriental.com) is kicking off the Ultimate 24 Hour Detox Spa Package. It comes with the spas new Himalayan Salt Sea and Chakra Therapy treatment (a 3-hour detox odyssey) and a healthy bento box dinner to prepare you for a day of juice cleansing. The next day spa-goers sip the six nutrient-packed BluePrint Cleanse juices (www.blueprintcleanse.com), a trend-setting juice cleanse company based in New York, including a protein-packed and delish cashew milk. You also get a copy of the 3-Day Cleanse book by BluePrint Cleanse's founders Zoë Sakoutis and Erica Huss (former mixologists who turned a new healthy leaf) with advice and instructions for a successful detox and on-going cleansing practices. The Mandarin Oriental New York's Ultimate 24 Hour Detox Spa Package is available through June 30, 2011 and is priced from $1,630 per night.