BEAUTY CRAVES: Take a cue from Antonio Banderas and escape to the islands…without leaving this one

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Guerlain Spa is the happy alternative to an island vacation when the real thing feels a world away.

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This past March it was the Bahamas (The Daily Mail notes this Tweet from his wife, Melanie), and Antonio Banderas has also been known to enjoy the waves of Hawaii when time permits in his busy working schedule

When a needed island vacation feels a world away, consider an alternative escape and head to the Guerlain Spa in Manhattan for their newest treatment, inspired by a luxurious island retreat.

Enter through the private residence entrances of The Waldorf Astoria in Midtown and escape to your personal island-inspired staycation.

Although you may not be lounging under a palm tree or sifting sand through your toes, Guerlain Spa’s team of experts created a transformative and calming experience that comes as close to the waves, whitecaps, coconut shells and surfboards as you can get without getting in the water with their newest body treatment – The Urban Island Getaway.

The well-appointed treatment room is awash in gold, white and delicate natural light. The treatment begins with a coconut oil and honey body wrap atop a heated massage table.

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The cleansing properties of the honey and enriching qualities of the coconut oil soak into the skin and the air is filled with the scent and sounds of the islands. You’ll be counting sand dollars in seconds.

Meanwhile, a scalp massage is given to relieve stress and tension. Abdominal work and scalp massage are optional, but highly recommended.

The wrap is followed by an exfoliating massage with a full body sugar scrub, leaving the skin feeling refreshed. After a warming rain shower (think Hawaii, mid-July), a full-body massage using Jax coconut cream will further relax and rejuvenate.

During the massage, a beautiful orchid-scented moisturizing mask is applied to the face. Below the face mask on the floor is a glass bowl of red rose petals to further promote Guerlain Spa’s attention to detail and tranquility.

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At the end of the treatment enjoy Jax’s coconut water for hydration, and an optional make-up touchup by make-up expert Amanda Gabbard, before departing your island-on-island experience.

Leave with a lasting sense of tranquility and the scent of coconuts dancing in your head.

The Urban Island Escape is $325 for an 80 minute treatment. For reservations, visit or call 212-872-7200.