Nalai offers its treatments on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a service is sold out, it won't be made available again, so each treatment has just a few weeks on the market. How exclusive is that? Because the spa operates in this limited manner, there's no point in waiting around for a fancy celebration to go. Nalai's treatment timetable is practically begging for you to book that much-deserved visit.
The thing is, when you walk into your private suite — yes, suite — complete with rain shower and killer views of Midtown Manhattan, it's hard to imagine a reason why you wouldn't come here. Nalai is luxe but not alienating. The staff is friendly but not fake. Did I mention the rain shower?
I went to Nalai for its featured "Haute Couture" treatment. Inspired by the brand's Le Spa at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme — and timed to coincide with Fashion Week — this experience is as Parisian as it gets. My aesthetician chose a sunflower-seed scrub that left my body feeling softer than I've ever known it to be. She followed up with a hot-stone massage, using jade. Plus, she gave me a facial (one that also used sunflower seeds) that left my face glowing — and it also put me to sleep. That's how good it was.
After the two-hour session, you can relax with an amuse bouche and a glass of Champagne. It's a finale enjoyed on your own private veranda, which overlooks one of the only cities where such a luxurious service could even exist.
Spa Nalai opens on August 19.