The brand La Prairie in its entirety—the spas, the creams, the makeup, and the fragrances—never seizes to amaze me, which is why I wasn't surprised when I was blown away while visiting their luxurious spa appropriately housed in The Ritz-Carlton on Central Park.
From the moment La Prairie's director of communications, Jaime Maser, extended the invite to me, I was already sold—especially after she described the location as "a spa that encourages you to abandon your high-pressure life for an hour (or several) and revive, re-hydrate, and revitalize with La Prairie's one of a kind treatments." And she was right. From the spa's sweet-as-pie receptionist to the classically decorated ladies' lounge (shown here) to my uber-talented massage therapist, David, my experience was beyond perfect. Here’s a sneak peek into my experience:
Prior to my service, I was greeted and escorted to the women's locker room (pictured here), which looks nothing like it sounds. Then, after changing out of my clothes and into my robe, I was taken into the aforementioned ladies' lounge to relax, nosh on fresh grapes, cheese, and crackers, and pick the music of my choice (I chose John Mayer) that would be played during my treatment. (Which, by the way, was honestly one of the best I've ever had—and coming from a beauty editor that's a huge compliment, since my job requires me to check out spas all over the world—ahem...rough life, I know).
Post deep tissue delight, I relaxed in the steam room, took advantage of the fitness center, and then showered and got ready for my post-pampering dinner off site—my visit was complete...well, so I thought. As I was on my way out the door, I was given the La Prairie Cellular Body Emulsion ($115, shown here; laprairie.com), which has been my absolute obsession ever since this indulgent experience. Curious as usual, I did my due diligence on this body lotion and found out that it uses antioxidant-rich sea algae to hydrate dry skin (perfect for winter!!), seaweed derived alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA's) to gently exfoliate the skin, and licorice extracts to help prevent discoloration. Translation: I'm hooked for life on all things La Prairie. —Carly Cardellino