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The Guerlain Spa Resurfaces


When we broke the news that the Guerlain Spa had abruptly shut its doors on the 19th floor of the Waldorf Astoria around this time last year, beauty aficionados across New York uttered a collective cry of despair. But that’s all in the past now. Exactly one year later, with a new management team that includes a former Mandarin Oriental staffer and a chef from the Four Seasons, the storied French brand that has been in the business of beauty for over a century is back in business in Manhattan. Much has stayed the same: The gorgeous decor and treatment rooms that dwarf most studio apartments have remained intact. It’s the mantra that’s changed; ensuring that every single over-the-top, ultra-luxurious treatment on offer is as high-performing as it is indulgent is the new name of the game. The latest addition to the spa menu, the signature Abeille Royale Expert Treatment, is a case in point. The antiaging, firming, and lifting facial starring Guerlain’s own Abeille Royale skincare range (the therapeutic honey in the formula is harvested from the Black Bees of Ouessant off the Brittany coast) is 90 minutes of pure, decadent bliss that kicks off with a relaxing foot rub, then proceeds into an exfoliating peel, a massage, and the application of heated stamps packed with soothing tiger grass, which helps boost circulation in the face. A moisture-rich mask comes next, followed by a generous slathering of serum and a final application of cream. An hour and a half later, you’ll be in awe of the change in your skin: It looks visibly lifted, tightened, and ridiculously smooth and glowy—i.e., not angry (as in red and irritated), the way it can after other, lesser facial treatments. Credit for this goes to Guerlain’s Abeille Royale range, of course, and the spa’s incredible aesthetician, Maria Dolanescu. While the pampering destination won’t have all of its new bells and whistles in place until October, they are open for treatments as of this week. Our advice: Book early.

Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., 19th fl., NYC, (212) 872-7200,

Photo: Courtesy of Guerlain