Ritz_CentralParkNY_00025_920x518-1New York is the ultimate weekend destination and also a spa travel destination and though this city many never sleep, it sure knows how to relax. A lot of people don’t equate the Big Apple with a relaxing getaway, but there are in fact, tons of options in New York for visitors looking for a stress-free, relaxing weekend away. We’ve compiled some of the best things to do in the city that will allow you to unwind while still experiencing New York it all its fabulous glory.

Central Park is a cool breath of fresh air in the middle of hectic Manhattan. This amazing green space is full of character, and is just as beloved by locals as it is by visitors. One of the most relaxing (and romantic) ways to see this beautiful and historic greenbelt is on a horse-drawn carriage. Carriages line up between 5th and 6th Avenues, daily and can either be booked on the spot or in advance.

As striking as New York appears from the street, it’s hard to beat the views of the city from the water. The New York water taxi operates numerous services all around the Big Apple, passing landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. For some of the most spectacular views of the city, book an evening tour and watch the Manhattan skyline twinkle against the setting sun. New York water taxi tickets can be purchased in advance online or on the spot. Water is always a big part of most spa services, so how about a relaxing water based your of New York before or after your spa treatment. It is much calmer than a taxi ride in New York for sure!

Finally, why not cap off your spa travel weekend with an even another indulgent and ultra-relaxing spa treatment? Of course you know I love to melt our stress away with a massage treatment, or indulge in a soothing facial following an amazing day of sightseeing. You might as well end every spa travel adventure on a high note!

Whether you’re in town for a girls’ weekend, romantic getaway or a solo adventure, New York can be a remarkably relaxing place if you know where to go. For how to not look like a tourist in NYC see my tips here.