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June 28th, 2010

ESPA at the Peninsula NY

While some fortunate folk are racing off to the Hamptons or flying to Nantucket, the hoi polloi are often stuck steaming in the city. This summer, take a mini-break and find refuge from the heat in an urban oasis, no travel required.

Andaz Wall Street

Where: New York

What: The intimate two-room spa provides a unique tranquility in the frenzied world of Wall Street, especially in the summer heat.

Our Pick: Shake off the stress of the week with a Saturday massage and facial. Don’t have a lot of time to spare? Spa services are offered in 15-minute increments.

More: 1-7pm on Saturdays at The SPA at Andaz Wall Street

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA

Where: New York

What: The beautiful Spa by ESPA at the Peninsula Hotel occupies the top floor and affords its guests luxurious tranquility and rooftop views.

Our pick: During the summer, the Spa is offering two “Spa-cations.” Go solo and get a spa treatment, a bento-box lunch, and access to the pool, fitness center, and daily yoga and core classes. Want to bring the kids? With the “Family Spa-cation,” the parents get spa treatments, kids get swimming lessons, and the whole family gets a poolside meal, all without leaving Manhattan. The deal is valid seven days a week, so you don’t need a weekend for this mini-vacation.

More: Call 212 903 3901 for a reservation, or email spapny@peninsula.com. To view the full treatment menu, please click here.

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Where: Washington, D.C.

What: On the border of Foggy Bottom and Georgetown, the Park Hyatt Washington’s guests are surrounded by the best shopping, sightseeing, and museums the city has to offer. An added bonus: summer guests can beat the notorious D.C. heat in the indoor pool.

Our Pick: With the Walk from the Park package, guests who want to explore DC on foot will be supplied with an exclusive concierge-designed walking map of the city, breakfast for two at Blue Duck Tavern, and two smoothies to stay energized during the trek. You might as well spend the night to truly cool off—guests get a complimentary upgrade to a Premier Park Deluxe room, equipped with tea lights and aromatic bath salts to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

More: Available April 26-September 10 with rates starting at $349 per night. Click here for more information.

Park Hyatt Chicago

Where: Chicago

What: Tired pedestrians can step off of the sweltering, crowded streets and into an urban sanctuary of tranquility at the Tiffani Kim Institute. The spa offers a plethora of options, including hair and scalp treatments, pedicures using reflexology, and massage therapy, to name a few.

Our Pick: On your lunch break, duck in for the fully-clothed, 60-minute Thai Massage. Using a variety of techniques, including rhythmic movement and joint compression, this style of massage helps to improve flexibility, relieves pain, and improves your resistance to injury. Leave feeling as refreshed as you would after a vacation, without the hassle of travel.

More: Also available for 90 minutes. Click here for more information on treatments.

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