Looking for a space to recharge after a long day of strolling through the French Quarter? The Waldorf Astoria Spa offers an escape like no other. A tranquil and transformative environment, the spa provides a variety of services from couple’s massages to citrus essence facials and organic French clay detox wraps.
With a soothing, modern design, 10 private treatment rooms, a couple’s therapy suite, VIP treatment room, hydrotherapy facilities, full-service salon, makeup services, and a calming lounge, the spa is a prime pampering destination for hotel guests, other travelers, and locals alike.
The spa is consistently adding new services to its already robust menu of options. “This year we added Cupping Massages to the menu,” said Spa Director Jill Haidler. “Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative massage in which a therapist puts special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, blood flow, relaxation, and wellbeing.
Other services include the Diamond Rose Ritual, one of the most popular services. A delicate exfoliation using damask rose and diamond dust, this is a luxurious and romantic ritual with outstanding restorative effects that provides dramatic results on the skin.
For the weary tourist looking to rest their feet, the Reflexology Massage is a perfect option. This massage uses specific pressure points on the foot to relieve pain, restore balance and improve circulation.
New products at the spa include the Natura Bissé skin and body products. A line of products from Barcelona, Spain, Natura Bissé received the Art Bodega Beauty Award in 2016 and is the only skin and body line that has received the Forbes 5-star rating.
During your time at the spa, the expert staff will cater to your needs while also allowing you the time and space to relax and rejuvenate. There are few things more decadent in the city of decadence than putting yourself in the hands of a talented and experienced massage therapist, pedicurist or aesthetician at the Waldorf Astoria Spa to melt away the stress of the day.
The Spa is complete with men’s and women’s locker areas, plush robes and comfortable slippers, complimentary drinks, fruit, and snacks—with so many different options on the menu, making a day of it is easy to do.
Commit to regular restoration with a monthly treatment membership program that reserves exclusive treatments at an exceptional value. Unlike other memberships, The Spa Club grants you access to on-premise fitness and spa amenities on the day of your treatment, in addition to a list of other property perks, including unlimited access to the exclusive rooftop pool.
During the winter months, exfoliate dead, dry skin with the 50-minute Natural Skin Recovery Water Lily Facial. Expecting guests can find comfort in a prenatal massage, helping to alleviate discomfort in the areas most in need of attention during pregnancy. Meanwhile, male guests can enjoy a Gentlemen’s Focus Facial, combining plant extracts, minerals, and papaya enzymes to decongest pores and balance skin tone.
In town for a Mardi Gras ball, wedding, or another event? The full-service salon is at your disposal for facial and body waxing, makeup application, airbrush tanning, and hair styling services. Brides can also book makeup consultations, featuring premier products by the celebrated Louisiana-born makeup artist, photographer and author, the late Kevyn Aucoin. And for that sun-kissed, vacation glow, get the Fantasy Tan, which is one of the best sunless tanning systems on the market.
A unique aspect of all Waldorf Astoria spas is the way local ingredients are integrated into your spa experience. Fruits, plants, and minerals with a traditional history of soothing or healing properties are often used. Here in the New Orleans-based Waldorf Astoria Spa, strawberries are often used—established as the official state fruit of Louisiana in 2001.
“The health-and-wellness industry is a billion dollar industry,” says Haidler. “The consumer is well-educated and willing to spend on things that make them feel good inside and out.” The Waldorf Astoria Spa in New Orleans embodies its world-wide reputation for consistent standards of excellence, ensuring that patrons leave feeling good emotionally and physically.
Once your spa treatment is complete, sink into a comfortable lounge chair, sip a complimentary glass of champagne, and listen to soothing music in the relaxation lounge—the perfect end to a perfect spa day.