Beauty Mark: Exhale Gansevoort

Gansevoort Park Avenue was conceived throughout as a self-contained world,” Michael Achenbaum, President of Gansevoort Hotel Group, told the press of the Park avenue addition. Indeed, the sort of things that bring you to Manhattan in the first place—shopping, dining, nightlife—come built into the property’s experience. Especially attractive is its full-service Exhale Spa.

In addition to Ristorante Asellina, a Cutler Salon, and the Lacoste boutique, Exhale spa offers an experience unique to the usual amenities of a hotel. It’s a full-service spa, certainly, but it’s one that offers rather unique treatments that inspire more of a “get off your ass” sentiment on top of the usual “sit back and relax” mandate.

Take for example their Fertility Program. Not exactly a passive spa experience—not exactly a passive anything. This take-charge item on a diverse menu includes consultations with an expert in the Berkley Method for Reproductive Wellness at $250, with subsequent sessions scheduled for $135 each. How appropriate, then, that your room is just steps away?

There’s also the highly acclaimed proprietary Core Fusion classes (which include Core Fusion, Core Fusion Sport, and Core Fusion Cardio), yoga classes in the mind-body studio (Music Yoga Flow and Core Fusion Yoga), a rejuvenating infrared detox chamber (“infared detox chamber” doesn’t exactly pair well with the word “rejuvanating” in my book—minus the times I’m willing to indulge my inner masochist), and a pool.

This is Exhale’s fifth location in New York City, and it offers a full menu of tried-and-true facials and body treatments as well as some hotel package deals.

Head to Toe Package If you’ve partied a bit too much at Asellina, or just need to hit the restart button on life, this package will knock you back into place. It starts with a heart pumping mind/body class, followed by a signature spa treatment, and ends with a poolside beverage. Total Package: Two reserved seats by the pool or sundeck Valet Parking for one night only Two pool-side cocktails or smoothies One Exhale Mind & Body Class Choice of 60 Minute Fusion massage or 60 Minute True Facial Price: $696* for booking with a Superior room, and $1,026 for Suites

Travel Dispatch: Exhale Spa Opens in Atlanta

When I visit my family in Duluth, Georgia, I make sure to spend a few nights in Atlanta, a metropolitan city where, of all the places I travel, I somehow feel the most out of shape. Blame it on the fried green tomatoes or sweet tea or the heat or the sheer fact that you must drive literally everywhere in the city. Whatever the reason, I completely let go. On my most recent trip, however, I was able to take part in a quiet fitness revolution that will shape up any local who feels the same. Exhale Spa and Fitness, a boutique chain with nationwide locations, had its grand opening in Atlanta yesterday, and it’s so special and so massive (22,000 square feet, rare for an urban spa), I actually delayed my flight back to New York to check out the amenities.

Housed on the seventh floor of the recently opened Loews hotel, Exhale is a new concept in Atlanta. There’s an Express Well Bar, which offers quick 30-minute treatments for those in the Midtown area who can’t spare a full hour or longer, a 24-person yoga studio, a separate studio for Core Fusion classes, a 7,000-square-foot gym and a full-service spa facility. Exhale also features the only hammam in the city.

Exhale is perhaps known best for its Core Fusion program, classes that incorporate pilates, yoga, stretching, and sport into one. The program has a cult following, so I had to check it out first hand. I didn’t realize how weak my legs actually are until I took the general Core Fusion class with Brianna. But I was impressed at how amazing I felt afterward without over exerting myself, focusing mostly on—surprise—my core. Later, I checked into the spa, where I wore a warm neck pillow in the Zen Lounge and received a “Fusion massage” that killed the kink in my neck from all the recent flights I’ve taken.

Exhale Atlanta has been appointed the chain’s flagship location, due to its uniqueness and size. While it’s open to Loews hotel guests and the general public, it will be a gym-membership facility. It’s also no surprise to me that Loews is the homebase for Exhale. Opened this past April, it’s hosted a number of celebrities, and is one of the few hotels in Atlanta to offer complimentary Audi service. Now with the opening of Exhale, it’s going to become a notable mark in Midtown.