A year ago, the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria shuttered its doors for major revamping. This week it finally re-opened, now with a promise to take the luxury day-spa experience to the next level: the Art Deco-inspired interior remains pristine and elegant as ever (it’s worth the trip just to hang out in the space); the service and quality of treatments have been re-created to match the highest level of pampering; the new management team is from the Mandarin Oriental and the chef is from the Four Seasons. But most importantly, the classic French beauty line is being used by expert aestheticians for innovative treatments, like the two-hour Waldorf Imperiale.
The Imperiale includes a full-body massage and facial – all in one session – using Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperial line. The Abeille Royal Expert Treatment, their firming, lifting and anti-aging facial, is 90 minutes of massage, masks, peels, foot rubbing, and exfoliating to leave the skin smooth and glowing. This is not the place for a quickie pore cleansing — or a deal: facials range from 180.00 to 360.00. But it is the place if you want to disappear for a day and indulge.