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With a Fifth Avenue address and The Peninsula name you can be sure you’ll be receiving nothing less than the best in pristine accommodations. A five-star giant in New York City hospitality, I’ve visited The Peninsula on several occasions when I’ve found myself hungry for a bite of the Big Apple.

Family Christmas in living room

There’s nothing like Christmas in New York City and if you haven’t watched the tree lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center I’d suggest trying to secure your stay here. I stayed here with a group of my closest friends and their daughters as a special “girls-only trip” to make some memories during the holiday season of 2018. We loved that The Peninsula is just a quick walk or drive to all of the festive excitement at Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and many of the mainstays you’ve seen on the big screen like the high-kicking Rockettes. This fabulous property maintains its personable charm, luxurious comfort, and serene atmosphere even among the hustle and bustle of one of the most iconic cities in the world.

Peninsula Ceremonies I Adore

In true Peninsula style, spa coordinators have curated the best experiences possible and arranged them in a series creating Peninsula Ceremonies. I’ve had the privilege of trying most of them and you really can’t go wrong at the Peninsula! Here are my favorites: 

Sleep Support Therapy

The city never sleeping is not your problem… anymore. If you’ve had issues getting restful sleep in the past you might try this. From the spa programming, “This clinical therapy is based on ancient practices to assist sleep concerns and insomnia, resulting in emotional and hormonal balance. The treatment begins with an aromatic foot soak full-body Blissful Marma Massage to release tension and bring the body’s rhythm back into balance, followed by a Facial Marma Massage that includes potent aromatic actives designed to balance the emotions, release stress and reduce anxiety. The mini Nasya (nasal oil application) is a balancing formula to help relieve physical, mental and emotional stress. The treatment concludes with Shirodhara, a powerful Ayurveda technique which activates the pineal gland to aid in the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin.”

Renew & Revive Journey 

Walk out of the spa feeling and looking refreshed from head to toe. The tantalizing description of full body exfoliation, massage, and deep moisturizing are shared here, “This energizing journey starts with a mineral-rich aromatic foot soak followed by a full-body exfoliation using a choice of the Energizing Himalayan Salt Scrub (to energize the body and mind and reduce the appearance of cellulite) or the Rasayana Detox Body Scrub (to drain toxins, detoxify and leave skin with a renewed radiance). A Facial Marma Massage will enhance the skin’s natural antiaging abilities while the results-driven Blissful Marma Massage works to drain the lymphatics, release muscle tension and energize the body to induce better sleep.” 

Destress Podi Program

Last but certainly not least, among my favorite Peninsula Ceremonies is the Destress Podi Program. “This signature journey starts with an aromatic foot soak followed by Podikhizhi (Podi), a remarkable therapy performed with dried herb powders wrapped in muslin bolus bags, dipped in warm oil and applied over the entire body. Focusing on areas of pain and inflammation, this therapy is effective for water retention, sports injuries, muscular and nerve pain, soft tissue inflammation and joint problems. This program concludes with a tension-relieving Blissful Marma Massage using active aromatic blends.” Truly remarkable, I appreciate this soak after extensive training with Chris – or a day in heels walking the stunning streets of New York! 

CRYO 3R Facial

I’m thrilled to see and experience more cryotherapy in spa treatments recently and this facial is one for the books! 

Sattva Therapeutic Massage

This therapy was designed just for performance at The Peninsula Hotels. Exclusive treatments excite me as you know they’ve been created with a great attention to detail and always share that “wow” factor. This massage has strong Ayurvedic influences, Marma Point Therapy, and even uses Kasa bowls. 

Dine Like a New Yorker

Sexy late night dinner dates are not in short supply here – but there’s a host of family-friendly craveable options, too. Clement’s Contemporary American cuisine offers lighter healthier fare and is the perfect balance of chic and relaxed. Salon De Ning, and Gotham Lounge have bites and crafted cocktails that are out of this world. 

If the kids are in tow we’ve got to hit up Dylan’s Candy Bar and Sugar Factory. Both have done a splendid job securing their space in experience-based dining. (My teens love the “Instagrammable” foods, candies, and surroundings!) 

Whether you’re there for a holiday or just for a Tuesday there’s a hefty supply of must-trys so it’s really just about what you’re craving. Fresh greens salads, iconic hot dogs, or some of the best sushi in the world? They’ve got it all. 

Sweat with Manhattan

Manhattan skyline views cheer you on in an array of group fitness classes and at the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center. You may be walking an inordinate amount in New York City but the facility at The Peninsula ensures you have everything you need for a full body and cardio blast! 

Healthy offerings are abundant at this luxe Manhattan favorite. It’s the perfect place for a couple’s retreat or a weekend away with friends or family. 

Afternoon Tea 

Three girls in candy store

Carriage rides, ice skating, and afternoon tea made for big moments for our little girls and it was refreshing to return to the peaceful rooms at The Peninsula between our big events! One of our most favorite dining events – A Tea Sommelier at Afternoon Tea was eager to walk us through the delightful selections paired with handcrafted petit fours and though my friends and I have dined together across the world – it was clear we all felt just as giddy as our little girls to be sharing this experience.

Food to nourish your body, quintessential experiences to make your soul smile for years to come, and wellness opportunities galore make The Peninsula in New York shine no matter the season. 

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