Founders Gabrielle Ophals and Audra Senkus have created a “beauty retreat” in the middle of NYC and its busy lifestyle, where clients can catch a break from everyday stress.
Frosted Sugar Cookie Manicure & Pedicure
I feel almost criminal as I duck out of work early on a Friday afternoon to go try out the Frosted Sugar Cookie Manicure & Pedicure at Haven Spa. I have two holiday parties coming up over the weekend, so the timing couldn’t be better.
I get to the spa a little later than my appointment, but it’s no problem. I’m greeted with a pleasant smile, as one of the women behind the desk takes my name, and then my bag and coat. The Frosted Sugar Cookie Manicure & Pedicure includes a hot cider, with the option of adding Amaretto. Since it’s Friday, Amaretto is not as much an option as it is a necessity. Long week.
I then choose my two nail polishes from a big display with loads of different colors and shades. I opt for two shades of burgundy, a longtime favorite of mine for these darker and colder months, and then I settle in. The mani-pedi stations are comfortable and spacious, and Lucia comes over and greets me, and I lean back as she fills up the sink and I let my feet slip in.
For the next hour or so, my feet and hands are well taken care of. They’re scrubbed, rubbed and moisturized, and my nails are perfectly glowing in my chosen burgundy shade when Lucia gently wraps up. My mug of hot cider is empty, and I have a full weekend ahead of me. A perfect, relaxing way to end my week and start the weekend, this little oasis is truly a place to put aside stress and dedicate time to your own well-being.
Treatments & Packages
The spa has both shorter and longer treatments and full packages, so it all depends on how much time you have and how much relaxation you’re looking for. If it’s a massage, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the fun names. Check out the Bitch Massage, the Geek Massage, and the new Tourist Massage, to find the one that suits your needs. And their signature facials are adjusted to fit your skin perfectly.
Some of the larger packages include Spoil Me Rotten, Haven’s full day of indulgence, which includes a facial, massage, body therapy and a “Haven Foot & Hand Renaissance,” Mommy and Me (perfect for you and your mom), and its newest Pre-Game Primp, which will get you ready for any special occasion with an express scrub, a mani-pedi and a blowout.
Haven Spa is located at 250 Mercer Street.
If you find yourself closer to Greenwich Village instead, check out its sister spa, Eve Salon at 55 W 8th Street.