by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
Here’s one thing you can now scratch off your list: traveling to Manhattan for a luxury spa. Brooklyn has got you covered and then some. From the latest exotic facial treatments to alternatives in manicure and pedicure procedures to a host of global massage techniques, you can take your pick of pampering. I highlight just a few spas in Brooklyn to check out.
Hibiscus Day Spa
Located in the Stuyvesant Heights section of Bed-Stuy, Hibiscus Day spa offers an array of traditional spa treatments and classes in their movement studio – in other words, one stop shopping. Among their massages, Hibiscus offers the soothing hot stone massage known for its circulatory benefits and stress reduction. Visitors can also indulge in various yoga classes in the movement studio. Hibiscus offers a couples night out on Fridays, where love birds can sip champagne while reveling in Swedish massage.
558 Halsey Street at Stuyvesant Avenue – 718 573 0831, www.hibiscusdayspa.com
Providence Day Spa
Providence has some of the best deals for spa seekers, especially during the bi-annual Spa Week. With flavorful treatments like the honey-bee facial, done with real honey enzymes and the herbal infusion aromatherapy massage, patrons are guaranteed to leave feeling renewed. Visiting Providence can also be a great introduction to Ayurvedic healing: the spa offers a host of holistic treatments that reflect this ancient Indian healing practice.
329 Atlantic Ave – (718) 596-6774, www.providencedayspa.com
Nu Yu Day Spa
Simply walking into Nu Yu is therapeutic. It’s a petit day spa with world-class treatments for the body, mind and soul. You can choose individual treatments like facials and manicures and waxing, but Nu Yu has combination packages (Tranquility, Serenity and Relaxation) that give new meaning to the word bliss.
43 Clifton Place – (718) 783-2616, www.nuyudayspa.com
Le Chateau de Frenche Day Spa & Private Tea Room
This Bed-Stuy day spa is ultra luxe and hip. With specialties like the Myofacial Release massage that deals with the connective tissue and Fanghi D’Alga Guam Cellulite Treatment that attacks cellulite, Le Chateau de Frenche is one stop shopping for wellness and glamour.
441 Tompkins Avenue – (718) 399-8621, www.LeChateauDeFrenche.com
This boutique spa takes you on a global journey with their international inspired treatments. With its spicy aroma, De Islands Brown Sugar Scrub leaves you intoxicated and your skin soft and supple with help from botanical oils and omega oils. The Heavenly Reflexology massage is most certainly in a class by itself. The technique comes from ancient Egyptian medicinal practices releasing energy that causes pain.
87 Ft. Greene Place – (718) 403.9242, www.cynergyspa.com