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A Slice of Heaven on Fifth: Cornelia Day Resort
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"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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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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