It’s nearly time to say farewell to 2013 and its stresses. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York offers guests a blissful way to transition to 2014. Guests at the luxurious spa can melt away stress with the Ama Releasing Abayanga (starting at $450, 1 hour 50 minutes). This treatment, created especially for the season, creates balance and adjusts the flow of the body’s natural energy to leave guests calm and refreshed, and is available through the end of February. The treatment begins with a consultation to determine guests’ ayurvedic dosha, followed by a stimulating salt and oil scrub and a gentle facial cleanse. After a warming shower, an Ayurvedic Marma Point Massage focuses the body’s energy points with a warm herbal-infused oil. The ritual concludes with a shirodhara treatment in which oil is gently poured over the “third eye.” Just a few blocks away from the chaotic crowds of Times Square with eyes on the descending ball, a state is Zen is within reach.
How does your spa plan to ring in the New Year?