Sense in the City

by Editorial

The Carlyle hotel’s Sense spa proves that relaxation is the ultimate luxury

by Karin Tanabe


Whether they board the shuttle from Reagan to LaGuardia, the Acela to Penn Station, or a helicopter to 34th Street, Washingtonians are always heading to Manhattan. The Carlyle hotel, embodying everything that is elegant about New York City, has long been a refuge of choice for the most discerning among them.

Now its siren song sounds even sweeter with the opening of Sense, a Rosewood Spa. A bi-level oasis on the third floor of the Art Deco hotel, the dim light, dark wood, graceful chandeliers, and of course, exemplary service, beckon those who appreciate truly classic style. One of the spa’s coups was arranging to use beauty products supplied by the French manufacturer Sisley (the only other spa in the world to use the line is the Byblos in St. Tropez). Sense opened its doors in late Fall 2008, in the middle of economic turbulence and dropping temperatures. Perfecting the art of escape may be needed now more than ever – even if it’s only for a mere hour or two.

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