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Helen Chedra
Concierge, Four Seasons Hotel New York
Helen Chedra
Concierge, Four Seasons Hotel New York
57 E. 57th St.

Breathe Salt Rooms

From wallet-friendly shopping sprees to the latest in luxe spa trends, Four Seasons Hotel’s Helen Chedra shares several ways to relax and rejuvenate in NYC this spring.

When you go on a shopping spree, where do you find quality goods at bargain prices?

There’s nothing like the Century 21 Department Store in Lower Manhattan: It has some of the best prices for designer labels. I also love Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdale’s, where you will find plenty under one roof, often with discounts.

And when you want to splurge?

I love Vince, Maje and Theory, all of which have stores in SoHo. SoHo and nearby NoLIta both boast fine boutiques.

Concierge Helen Chedra of Four Seasons Hotel New York (©Steven Bagley)

Besides the spa at your hotel, what other spas do you recommend?

For a one-stop beauty destination, I suggest Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa on the Upper East Side. From a manicure to a new hairstyle, you cannot go wrong there. Or, try Aire Ancient Baths New York in TriBeCa, which includes thermal baths with aromatherapy, massages and more.

What are a few new spa trends?

People want more environmentally friendly spas that use organic products and linens. In-room hotel and residential beauty services, such as Beauté à Porter, are popular. Spagoers are becoming familiar with salt therapy, due to its health benefits. Wellness centers such as Breathe Salt Rooms have dry salt therapy sessions.

What are two NYC destinations worth visiting off Manhattan island?

Take a walk through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which spans 52 acres. If you are a jazz lover, visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum and its garden in Corona, Queens.

If someone only has three hours in the city, what places do you recommend?

Besides a bus tour, Central Park is a worthwhile option: See the model sailboats at the Conservatory Water, Shakespeare Garden, Belvedere Castle, the Balto statue or just sit and people-watch.

Central Park

If time is not an issue, what places would you recommend?

Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge! The Staten Island Ferry is free and a great way to see the Statue of Liberty. Downtown, explore Battery Park, Castle Clinton, the Charging Bull statue, tour the New York Stock Exchange and more. Farther north, combine a trip to Chelsea Market and the Chelsea neighborhood’s many art galleries with a walk on the High Line. Or, walk along Hudson River Park, stopping in the Meatpacking District to visit the Whitney Museum of American Art. Don’t forget to explore the West Village, with its quaint tree-lined and cobblestoned streets.