From the early mountain houses to more recent resort towns, the Hudson Valley has long served as a relaxing and restorative site. Nowadays, local spas continue that legacy, offering day-long treatments as well as more extensive, vacation-friendly packages for those looking for a deep cleanse.
A day spa located in Uptown Kingston, Birch offers Reiki and waxing in addition to standard and, a new addition, CBD-wellness massages for joint pain and anxiety.
A decidedly New Age establishment, Bodhi offers yoga, hypnosis, and acupuncture, as well as an “infrared sauna” and seaweed body treatments. It also provides house calls.
In addition to its standard spa treatments (pool, massages, a variety of body scrubs), Buttermilk is on the grounds of an organic farm and animal rescue, so visitors can supplement their treatments by wandering the apiary or meeting the donkeys, peacocks, goats, and rescued alpacas. The farm’s chickens provide organic eggs for breakfast.
Settled onto a private 40-acre island in the Catskills, Copperhood is all about space: yoga studios, forest walks, and full-size pools only scratch the surface. Accommodations include both standard meals, specially-designed dietary courses for cleansing, and raw food.
Mt. Tremper, 845.688.2828
A true resort experience, complete with luxury dining and shopping, Emerson delivers with spa offerings that are nothing to sneeze at: massages, pedicures, and aromatherapy in state-of-the-art facilities.
Haven specializes in a wide range of services, from micro-needling to LED light therapy to courses with the Environ Micro-Current Machine, which uses both ultrasound and electrical currents for skin care. The day spa offers a variety of packages, including bookings for parties of five or more.
This downtown spa has recently begun offering microdermabrasion treatments for the removal of dead skin. Special packages are available from $155.
This “holistic spa” focuses on wellness and retreats. Services range from cleanses and dietary courses to holistic retreats that include everything from yoga and meditation to saunas and skin brushings. The three-day Babymoon Retreat for expectant parents comes with organic meals and special massages.
Savor is a New York City-based skincare company with a luxe day spa in Saugerties. It offers your standard massages and massages, using its own cosmetics, and special treatments using LED lights and a “Chardonnay massage.” Anyone interested in monthly treats should check out the special membership packages.
Sharon Springs, 518.284.2400
Based in a historic spa town and housed in an 1840s farmhouse, Spring House has a vibe that is decidedly old-fashioned — antiques and relaxing music are par for the course here. Specialties include aroma therapy and a hot stone massage, as well as a simultaneous four-hands massage from two licensed masseurs.
Relocated from Hudson, the 12-room Inn and Spa offers intimate treatments that range from facials and deep tissue massages to specialized treatments like a pre-natal massage for expectant mothers. Walkable from the Metro North station, the spa also offers special weekend packages, including a plein air painting retreat.
As the name implies, this day spa focuses purely on dry salt therapy in a specially-designed halotheraphy room.
Across from the ski resort, The Windham Spa offers a number of winter packages for those who want a break from the slopes. Special courses include “The Warm Up” (blueberry and paprika peel, custom masque, hot stone foot massage) and pedicures with hot chocolate, pediment, and sustainably-harvested palo santo.
Valley Cottage, 845.268.7532
Special “medi-spa” treatments include micro-needling and laser skin removal. Wholeness Center also specializes in cupping, sound healing, kinesiology, and “past life regression.”