There’s a new relaxation destination in New York City: World Spa opened in December 2022 – the facility used to be a disused parking lot, and now it’s a 50,000-square-foot wellness oasis. Located in Brooklyn, with easy subway access, the venue offers a variety of treatments and experiences. I was there a few days ago and spent an entire afternoon there, and on this post, I will share my experience with you.
The World Spa features three floors – on the first, there is the check-in area, changing rooms, individual treatment rooms and a restaurant. On the second floor you will find all the rooms and common spaces and another restaurant. The third floor features a members-only bar.
The check-in process is pretty straightforward and you get a wristband that also opens your own locker – I found this super convenient. Access also entitles you to a bathrobe – but bring your slippers if you don’t want to incur an extra expense. The changing rooms have very spacious individual lockers, showers, hairdryer and towels, as well as shampoo, conditioner, soap and body moisturizer.
The treatment room area has a reception desk, as well as flavored water and tea. For me, it was great that this area is well separated from the common areas – everything is very quiet and comforting, which I think is what anyone is looking for when going for a face treatment or massage. You can book in advance or you can book when you get there (but that will depend on availability).
The space and the treatments
- Saunas –the World Spa features 7 saunas – each with different temperatures and humidity levels. There are very dry saunas and very wet ones. As the World Spa has a proposal to bring inspiration from various parts of the world, you will find a Moroccan style sauna, a Turkish style sauna, etc. I’m not a fan of saunas, but for those who enjoy it, it’s great.
- Specialty rooms – besides the saunas, World Spa also features a Himalayan Salt Room, to experience the benefits of salt therapy, and the Snow Room, as an alternative to cool down after the sweat bathing. The salt therapy room has microscopic, naturally antibacterial salt particles that when gently inhaled, clean out the lungs, reduce inflammation and break down mucus. Salt inhalation therapy is used to treat asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion and even COPD. In addition, salt particles can improve skin conditions like acne and even eczema. The Snow room speeds up metabolism and burns fat, decreases inflammation, improves circulation, soothes sore muscles, supports respiratory health and helps build immunity.
- Pools – World Spa features a 85°F hydrotherapy pool, the Vitality pool – which is heated to a comfortably hot temperature (100°F) and the Onsen pools, with contrast temperatures: cold (52°F), warm (101°F) and hot (104°F).
- Treatments – there are several treatments available that can be booked separately. Massages, facials and more. I had the opportunity to try the Hydrafacial, an 80-minute procedure with equipment that “vacumms” impurities from your skin, in addition to LED light. The result is much more radiant skin – I was blown awaw, my skin was so radiant!
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You will find two restaurants at World Spa. One is REN, a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant – you need to be “dressed” to eat there – I mean, you can’t go with bathing suits and a bathrobe. The other restaurant is the lounge, on the second floor, which has a large area with tables and chairs, and a menu with very light options, such as salads, soups and bowls. The food is delicious. There are also drinks.
The admission gives you access to the common spaces – saunas, lounges and swimming pools. Treatments such as massages and facials are paid separately. You can check prices here.
- Mon – Fri | unlimited access $85
- Sat – Sun & Holidays | 4-hour access – $115
- VIP Experience Fri-Sun | unlimited access – $180
I loved the World Spa! My friend and I had such a great time! The subway station in front of the place makes access very convenient (bear in mind that the journey takes about 50 minutes from Midtown). I went on a Saturday and found the place quite busy – the pools were not crowded, but the saunas and other treatment rooms were pretty busy and some had to queue at some times. For those who can, I recommend visiting during the week to enjoy it more calmly.
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