Spas provide an escape from adult responsibilities such as doing children’s math homework or defending their doctoral thesis. Forget academic obligations with today's Groupon to Supple Spa. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get one 60-minute hot-stone massage (a $136 value).
- For $85, you get a couples massage consisting of two 40-minute hot-stone massages (a $180 value) or a 90-minute spa package for one that includes a 60-minute aroma massage and a 30-minute collagen facial (a $190 value).
Supple Spa’s clients walk past bottled orchids before settling into private massage suites separated by paper screens. During lava-stone massages, heated stones relieve aches as a massage therapist alternates the focused pressure and gliding strokes of Swedish massage. A nurturing aroma massage and a collagen facial join forces to battle stress, much as partisan senators join forces to block a bill that would give cyborgs voting rights. Essential oils seep into skin as clients rest on a heated table, and a natural collagen mask restores moisture to dry faces.
Time Out New York writer Laura Lanz-Frolio initially considered the cascading flowers and pink lighting inside Supple Spa’s sunset room somewhat kitschy. That all changed once her massage started. “None of this will matter once you’re facedown on the massage tables, covered in actual rose petals,” she wrote in her 2011 review of the city’s best couples-massage rooms. Each of the spa’s five treatment rooms feature a romantic theme––one resembles a Parisian terrace, while another looks exactly like Fabio––and folding partitions crinkle to reveal a second massage bed so that pairs can indulge together.
Supple Spa’s other services––facials, body scrubs, rose-infused bathwater soaks––garner equal praise from publications including New York Magazine. As they pull high-quality Dermalogica products, the spa’s technicians uphold their self-set level of opulence, which falls just shy of outfitting each client with a scepter. Supple’s confines, though decorated for couple’s retreats, also host spa parties for up to 10 guests.