"Embrace the silence." That's what is written on the plaques outside the relaxation room/library (yes, library -- where, mercifully, cell phones are prohibited) at the Cornelia Day Resort. Indeed, each and every room in this exquisitely designed and appointed day spa engenders relaxation -- and luxury. (There's even a private side-street entrance for boldface names to use.) Romanian-born Cornelia Zicu has created a haven of sanctum in midtown, and even the little gift shop (with carefully edited wares) is peaceful. There are glorious treatments to be had here, too, from the signatures facials ($175 and up, depending on which "enhancers" you opt for, which might include the balancing peel or the oxygen revitalizer), soaking baths (Romanian mud, honey harmony), and all types of massages. There are seaweed pedicures, and special packages for the bride and her party, and on and on, but perhaps the most innovative of all the services is the Watsu massage, which is performed in a penthouse-level, private pool filled with 20,000 bottles of salinated Evian water. Really. Not surprisingly, 30% of the clientele is male, who also come for special facials, hand- and foot-grooming, waxing, and of course, to visit the barbershop. The best part of this sybaritic indulgence is that you can take home a bit of Cornelia, since the salon also sells three of Cornelia's own scientifically developed skincare-product lines ($28 to 150). 663 Fifth Ave. btw. 52nd & 53rd Sts., 8th flr., 212-871-3050; www.cornelia.com(This
article originally appeared in the 1/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)
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