Hotels, New York, Spas & SalonsPlatinum Rare Facial at the Ritz Carlton

Who: Antonina Dutu and Rachel Gold

What: Platinum Rare Facial

Where: La Prairie at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, New York, 50 Central Park South (212)521.6135

When: Monday-Sunday

Why: Because a treatment called “Platinum Rare” no doubt, conjures up thoughts of the most decadent, luxurious facial and this one actually lives up to the ideal.  One long, rainy and cold Friday a couple weeks ago, I left the office completely exhausted and checked into the Central Park Ritz.  A few hours later, I left the spa feeling completely uplifted, rejuvenated (and slightly buzzed from a couple glasses of champagne) ready to take on the weekend with a fresh face.  This 90 minute, ultra luxe treatment is the newest addition to the spa menu and a facial and massage in one- performed by both an aesthetician and a message therapist.  If you’ve never gotten a foot scrub with your facial masque treatment, you don’t know what you’re missing out on!

Walking into the La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa is like walking into a little bit of old world, sophisticated New York glamour.  Unlike the ultra sleek and modern design of many upscale spas, the spa at the Ritz has a very classic feel- with ornate flourishes and elegant detailing. The experience is customized for you the second you walk in- you can choose from a range of complimentary foods and beverages (from dessert to tea to champagne) and even pick your own music for your treatment room.  Pre and post treatment, guests are invited to experience all the spa’s amenities including steam room, lounge and sauna.  This editor thinks there’s nothing better than relaxing in the steam room on a chilly winter evening. It certainly is the perfect addition to maintain that post-facial glow for days to come!

The Platinum Rare Facial uses La Prairie’s line of lavish products including a generous slather of the line’s Cellular Cream Platinum Rare, which retails for $1000.  The cream, which contains some of the most advanced anti-aging formulations in skin care,  recharges and transforms the skin using pure platinum, working at the cellular level to repair skin’s DNA and moisturize the tissue from inside out.  While your face is receiving the ultimate anti-aging treatment, a variety of La Prairie products are used to swathe  the body in moisture.  The facial also comes with heated hand and foot wraps, baths, scrubs and massage.

Post-treatment, I sit in the lounge with a heated neck pillow enjoying champagne and decadent dessert from the Ritz-Carlton’s new dessert menu.  My skin is glowing, albeit a little red from extractions (I requested a deep cleaning facial) but ultimately evens out to a clear, radiant finish. While I loved the facial and the results, it was the experience as a whole that almost had me booking my next treatment on the spot!   The Spa at the Ritz delivers above and beyond so many other spas in the city, actually leaving me feeling like I just had a vacation.  Of course, such pampering comes with a high price- the Platinum Rare Facial clocks in at slightly over $400- though when I walked out, I couldn’t think of a better experience to gift a mother or special woman in your life.

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