And let’s face it, living in a city crammed with millions of people and constant sensory overload can be exhausting.
So it’s no surprise luxury European spa brand QC Terme has scouted New York City to be the home of its first US location.
And with the global wellness market projected to reach $7 trillion by 2025 — according to the Global Wellness Institute — it seems like there’s no better time to open the East Coast getaway.
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QC Terme’s relaxing and plush spas and hotels are scattered throughout Italy with one location in France.
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Before settling on New York, the team also weighed markets like Arizona and Chicago.
In the future, QC Terme wants to continue its US expansion.
But New York has always been the company’s “initial dream,” Megan Reeves, a spokesperson for the company, told Insider.
According to Andrea Quadrio Curzio, the co-founder of QC Terme, New York fits the profile of a city that could appreciate QC’s spaces and “ideas of wellbeing.”
“The city … takes a lot in terms of emotion,” Curzio told Insider. “I’ve never been in a place where you have so many things and interests, but it could easily become tiring.”
But luckily for the overworked and weary city dwellers, the luxury spa has finally opened on Governors Island, New York after years of proposals, planning, and construction.
The spa might be built as a getaway, but you’ll never forget how close you are to the city: Almost every window provides sweeping views of the water and the adjacent skyline.
The island and its newest luxury spa filled with saunas and relaxation rooms is just a short ferry ride from Manhattan.
By its nature, Governors Island — which has a rich military history — already serves as a reprieve from the city.
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It’s physically distant from all the boroughs. And compared to Manhattan, it’s quiet, surrounded by water, full of nature, and primarily frequented by locals during warm summer afternoons.
Even without the 660-person spa, the island is already a sleepy sanctuary.
To pay homage to the location’s history, the QC team turned Governor Island’s defunct army barracks into the spa retreat …
Despite the location’s gruff history, the spa was designed to feel like a welcoming home filled with Italian designed and imported furnishings.
Entry starts at $88 on weekdays but can go up to $116 for Fridays, weekends, and holidays.
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