Come for the treatments, stay for the cupcakes. The renowned Cornelia Spa just opened an Upper East Side location in The Surrey Hotel (20 E 76th St, New York, NY, 646-358-3600; www.corneliaspaatthesurrey.com). Enter the uber-cool lobby of the Surrey (the only Relais and Chateaux property in Manhattan) with its enormous Chuck Close portrait of Kate Moss, then up to the spa on the second floor. Settle back into a cozy chair in the relaxation library, put up your feet and let the pampering begin: Ice water? Tea? How about a heated herbal neck wrap and hot towel infused with warm ginger and neroli? Don’t say no to the delicious short bread cookies, or the spiced nuts for that matter. Thus ensconced, I met Ellen Sackoff, who owns the spa along with her husband. We had a lovely chat until I was summoned into a spacious treatment room and into the capable hands of the aesthetician.
First step, a taste of honey: a Cornelia Spa ritual to welcome all guests with a bit of sweetness. I had the Botanical Facial and each successive cream/serum/cleanser/masque smelled more amazing than the one before. (Was I imagining it or did the steam even smell great?) Then back to relaxation room for a perfect little poppy seed cupcake (they’re small, no shame in asking for another, which I did) and a class of Prosecco—served on a mirrored tray to start the weekend off right. Sackoff told me plans were afoot to to expand spa services up the fabulous rooftop garden. We’ll keep you posted.