Hot New Hotel Spas and Hammams for 2015
With the hectic holiday season, relaxation will be high on the priority list. Fortunately, new and newly reopened hotels in New York and the Caribbean are unveiling innovative spas with traditional hammams as the centerpiece, providing real incentive to plan a vacation around pampering.
Marmara Park Avenue
In February 2015, Marmara Park Avenue will open on 32nd Street and Park Avenue as the U.S. flagship of the storied Turkish brand, Marmara Collection. As part of its debut, the hotel will unveil a wellness center that will offer guests a haven from the Manhattan hustle.
Among the highlights is a Turkish hammam where guests can enjoy traditional treatments or simply unwind and recharge as they luxuriate in the steam. Marmara Park Avenue will have an expert team of masseurs and estheticians on site to create unique experiences for every guest.
The wellness center will also include treatment rooms, an experience shower, a comprehensive fitness center and a lap pool adorned by a breathtaking mosaic that sweeps across the floor and is reflected in the water. A teak deck and lounge chairs surround the pool, offering guests a place to relax.
Access to the wellness center will be exclusive to hotel guests and included within the room rates; however this may be adjusted in the future.
Everything at Marmara Park Avenue has been custom-designed and individually produced by artisans in the five boroughs to emulate a chic New York City pied-a-terre, led by New York artist/designer Joe Ginsberg. In addition to the wellness center, the hotel will feature three penthouse suites, over 40 terraces, extended stay options, event spaces, and a lobby lounge serving beverages and small plates.
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in the chic Condado District of San Juan, will once again welcome guests for hotel stays and five star around-the-clock service. The second stage of the hotel’s long-awaited revival will unveil elegant guestroom and suite accommodations, a spa sanctuary with Puerto Rico’s first Hammam, two posh pool lounges with butler service, and a second international restaurant helmed by renowned Chef Juan Jose Cuevas.
The breathtaking 10,000 square foot luxury spa and fitness facility, designed by Rossello, will lie directly in front of the hotel’s West Tower pool. Two tiered fountains will mark the entry-way to the spa’s serene welcome area, which leads to the sauna, steam room, and robe room. A spa boutique will offer beauty and consultation services and feature a customized Aroma Blending Bar where guests will be able to create their own signature fragrance blend from the Red Flower organic beauty line. A state-of-the-art fitness center will sit directly above the spa, and offer floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean.
The spa’s seven treatment rooms each reflect a different look and feel in their design, while a separate outdoor terrace will offer an open-air pampering experience, which will include two remineralizing natural clay treatments. The open lay-out of the terrace will feature two outdoor showers for guests to rinse off post-treatment, along with additional lounge seating to enjoy the views while sipping refreshing spa mocktails.
The most striking element of the Vanderbilt’s spa will be a private, exotic hammam, the only one in Puerto Rico. The hammam will feature a marble-slab heated massage bed, marble benches, and walls of mosaic marble.
From advanced, unique-to-Puerto Rico skin care, including LED facials, to luxurious treatments with exotic ingredients, including a signature Spanish Gardenia Paradise Body Ritual, the extensive spa menu will be specially-designed and customized for every guest need. The spa will feature luxury Germaine De Capuccini skincare and Red Flower body care products, both not available in any other spa in Puerto Rico. A separate room service spa menu will be available for in-room treatments.