On a warm, sunny late spring day in Manhattan, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fitter crowd than the one lounging poolside at the Equinox Hotel. Overlooking the glistening Vessel at Hudson Yards, the rooftop pool is the place to see and be seen. It’s no surprise, given that it’s open to Equinox gym members and guests alike, both of whom are attracted to the luxury gym brand for their innovative workout offerings and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
At 60,000-square-feet, the Equinox Hotel’s gym, imagined by acclaimed interior designer Joyce Wang, lives up to the brand’s reputation. While there are discreet signs requiring visitors to wear a shirt, you’ll still find members flexing and proudly displaying the physique that this upscale club has helped them achieve.
A packed daily schedule of classes includes seemingly every kind of fitness—from yoga to boxing to outdoor workouts like the “Vessel Up”, a run up the 150-foot-tall Vessel outside. While the group enthusiasm found in their classes is a selling point, those seeking one-on-one instruction—say in the Pilates reformer studio or saltwater lap pool—will appreciate the onsite private trainers too.
But fitness, to Equinox, is not only about working out. The Spa by Equinox Hotels is equally as integral to a stay that optimizes your health. What this spa apart is their circuit program—each is designed to target a particular function. Body treatments like massage and physiotherapy fall under the “Performance Healing” circuit while the “Beauty” circuit includes facials using Biologique Recherche metholodgy.
But the standout treatments here are found in the “Temperature Therapy” circuit, which includes a short session in the cold chamber (known as “cryotherapy”) and a longer session in the infrared sauna. Similar biohacking treatments are found in the “Sleep” circuit where the Wave Table provides three hours of sleep in just 30 minutes.
The unique spa programs here not only treat the body from the outside, they target your health needs from the inside too. The “Inner Body” circuit begins with a biophotonic, non-invasive scan of your carotenoid levels, to assess the amount of free radicals in the body. Treatment, then, looks like IV drips of nutrients, superfood-infused lattes and vegetable-forward cuisine.
Healthy cuisine is also the foundation of the hotel’s two dining concepts: Electric Lemon, an upscale eatery by renowned restauranteur Stephen Starr on the 24th floor, and Broken Coconut, a casual café and bar located next to the outdoor pool. At the former, expect farm-to-table “nutrition, with a dash of naughty,” presented next to floor-to-ceiling windows offering expansive views of downtown and the Hudson River. At the latter, you’ll find a selection of healthy bowls, toasts, juices and lattes served with a laidback, beach vibe.
Equally as nutritious (and delicious) is the in-room dining menu that caters to the hotel’s 212 rooms and 48 suites. Dishes like a hearty plant-based burrito and farm-fresh proteins served with market vegetable sides are delivered in a sophisticated, shelved metal tray, carried in an insulated bag to keep everything warm. For those who get the munchies late at night, the thoughtfully curated, in-room minibar provides above-average healthy snacks like Unreal chocolate bars and Lesser Evil Popcorn.
More functional in-room snack offerings include Superfood Detox Bites by SMPL (Simply Good Foods) made with activated charcoal and adaptogens to target stress, and The Nue Co. Sleep Kit which contains magnesium and valerian root sleep drops to help you fall and stay asleep. The in-room amenities don’t stop at the snacks—you’ll also find a Binchotan eye mask to ease puffiness and mental fatigue, as well as a yoga mat, blocks, resistance band and foam roller to relieve physical tension.
It’s clear that Equinox Hotel takes rest and recovery as seriously as performance—they partnered with sleep psychologist Dr. Jenifer Martin and an advisory board of sleep to design rooms around three principles needed to achieve deeper slumbers: dark, quiet and cool. Keeping in line with the theme, temperature-regulating mattresses made with breathable materials hug your body to provide optimal support and climate throughout the sleep stages, while electronic blackout curtains are operated by the easy-to-use bedside iPad.
For those who like to bath before bed, the rainfall shower comes equipped with its own P.M. body wash by Grown Alchemist, made with sleep-inducing herbs grown locally on the High Line. With so many opportunities to both work up a sweat and wind down, and a room that is technologically optimized for relaxation, you’re likely to have the best sleep of your life here. And if you don’t, an Equinox sleep coach is available to help you develop healthier sleep patterns.
No element of wellness is left forgotten here. Whether you’re a gym junkie looking for an elevated workout experience, a stressed traveller in need of some luxurious R&R or a local New Yorker seeking a hip hangout away from the rush of the city, the Equinox Hotel has something for everyone. As hotels increasingly aim to incorporate wellness into their offerings, Equinox Hotel remains miles ahead of the race, setting the bar high for what a fitness-focused hotel can look like.
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