From left to right: Ellen Sackoff, Cornelia Day Resort, Joseph D. Cinque, President/CEO, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Cornelia Zicu, Cornelia  Rick Aidekman, Cornelia
From left to right: Ellen Sackoff, Cornelia Day Resort, Joseph D. Cinque, President/CEO, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Cornelia Zicu, Cornelia and Rick Aidekman, Cornelia

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) proudly bestows the prestigious Five-Star Diamond Award upon Cornelia Day Resort. Cornelia Day Resort is the first free standing spa to receive this rare distinction. The Five-Star Diamond Award Committee recognized in Cornelia Day Resort exceptional quality and character commensurate with the world's finest hotels, resorts, restaurants & chefs which have been previously honored with this esteemed award.

Cornelia Day Resort's exceptional service performed by world-renowned aestheticians, massage therapists and beauty professionals in their respective fields were essential to the Five-Star Diamond Committee in awarding its highest accolade.

"We are proud to recognize Cornelia Day Resort among our distinguished International Star Diamond Award recipients that deliver the ultimate five-star quality, service and hospitality worldwide,' said Joseph D. Cinque, President and CEO of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

"We are privileged to be presented this great honor from such a prestigious organization as the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences," said Rick Aidekman, CEO and principal of Cornelia Day Resort. "It is fantastic that we were recognized within our first year in business and is a testament to the staff's commitment to unprecedented client service and Cornelia's visionary approach to beauty." said Aidekman.

Cornelia Day Resort, a 22,000 sq. foot oasis overlooking fashionable Fifth Avenue is the culmination of skincare expert Cornelia Zicu's dream. "I am so proud that our hard work and determination to create a unique destination spa has been recognized by the Academy, it is truly an honor," states Ms. Zicu.

Cornelia offers the finest amenities of a destination resort, with the convenience of a day spa. Guests enjoy the panoramic treatment suites providing the setting for luxurious treatments, a penthouse café from famed caterer Abigail Kirsch, a full time concierge, butler services throughout the spa, a world-class retail boutique and Manhattan's first and only Watsu pool for warm water floating massage. Cornelia Day Resort also features many exclusive treatments such as the Signature Facial with two licensed estheticians--where one attends your face and the other provides a soothing hand and foot massage with a foot-bath built into the treatment beds. The day resort also holds the worldwide exclusive rights to a mud extract from an ancient lake in Romania that has been clinically proven to have strong healing properties. This extract is used in several wet treatments, including a mudless-mud bath in European infinity soaking tubs on the penthouse level of the spa.

The treatments at Cornelia Day Resort also incorporate the three product lines that Cornelia herself has developed in Europe using the finest natural ingredients from every continent on the planet. The Cornelia Signature, Cornelia Essentials and Cornelia Works lines are available in the spa boutique as well as online at and at select Victoria's Secret stores nationwide.

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences was founded in Chicago in 1949 as the International Restaurant Ratings Bureau. The AAHS is now headquartered in New York City and governed by a Board of Trustees who oversees the stringent nomination and selection processes of the Five-Star Diamond Award. The Board is comprised of numerous hospitality industry leaders and celebrated chefs, who are themselves world travelers.

Cornelia is a preeminent luxury spa located at 663 Fifth Avenue in New York City. It was founded and inspired by Cornelia Zicu, the world-renowned skin care expert whose visionary approach to beauty has set a new standard in the industry. Based upon an aesthetic and philosophy that integrates cutting-edge technology, traditional touch therapies and product innovation, CORNELIA DAY RESORT offers exceptional service performed by the most professional aestheticians and beauty professionals in their respective fields. Committed to providing a nurturing, unforgettable experience, CORNELIA brings to its clientele the ultimate in service, selection, science and real results. For more information, please visit