According to Susan Shin, the trend in spa life is evolving to combine
relaxing "anti-oxidant" boosted infusion cocktails with rejuvenating
and relaxing spa services. If this is the case, I hope the next trend is to
replace business dinners at Steak Houses and cocktails after work in crowded
bars with socialization within the spas. Imagine closing a multi-million dollar deal over Vanilla
Chai Martinis or GreenTeanis after getting a 120 minute shiatsu or
hot stone massage. message.
To test out Miss Shin’s theory, we spent our Monday evening at the fabulous Cleo Spa on the Upper West side attending a "Chill Out" evening sponsored by NAVAN liqueur. We sipped fusion cocktails mixed with the relaxing. NAtural VANilla essence of NAVAN (derived from vanilla orchids from Madagascar) in the form of Vanilla Chai Martinis and GreenTEAnis. We were treated to vanilla infused hot towels and scented hand massages which lead to a pleasurable unwinding experience.
Thus, the theory is true, there is n uncanny natural synergy of the spa environment with the soothing flavor of cocktails infused with natural vanilla in NAVAN. The environment of Cleo Spa and Salon is sumptuous and no details to creation and decoration have been left undone. For example, Korean artist Ran Hwang's wall installation is a fuchsia and gold cherry tree, composed entirely of buttons attached by pins (a Zen-inspired vision brought to life). Also woven into the environment are natural materials such as wood and stone, giving rise to a modern interpretation of a luxurious beauty care lifestyle. Ensconced inside, the outside world fades and a natural habitat emerges. The 5,000 sq. ft. spa's soaring 26 ft. high ceiling uplifts the soul and provides a haven--Cleo takes a holistic approach to beauty and offers a beauty care environment that can be incorporated into the daily life of men and women.
On the list of spa services are facials, manicures pedicures featuring green tea and milk treatments, a hair styling salon, massage services which include Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, hot stone and aromatherapy massages, a tanning room which utilizes a 100% organic spray tanning system, and an exclusive VIP beauty care area featuring a Cantilever stone fireplace, available by appointment only.
We spent the evening mixing and mingling with Socialite Paul Johnson Calderon,Spa Owner Cleo, Melissa Foss, Author Anisha Lakhani, Publicist Laura Rubin, Publicist Kristian Laliberte, Designer Keith Lissner, The Real Houswives of New York City Alex and Simon van Kemp, Film Maker Nick Raynes, Lilly Schonwald, Victoria Kirby, Celebrity Lifestyle Blogger Tia Walker, Parker Fashion Director Megan Zillis and Roy Teeluck.
We were happy and refreshed upon leaving, grabbing a gift bag with some amazing Alterna and Goldwell hair products, as well as a sample of NAVAN and a gift certificate for a manicure. This place is what "it" is all about! Cleo is located at 157 Freedom Place (66th Sreet b/w West End Avenue and West Side Highway).
-Article by Douglas Marshall
*photos courtesy of Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan