i had a surprise day trip planned for nick. we went here. i had heard some really good reviews about it and so thought we would give it a try.
we got on the subway and went all the way to the end of the line, ending up in the china town of queens. after waiting 15 minutes, precisely placed by the entrance of a car park and opposite a bank as instructed, the mini van came into sight and continued to drive towards us...and then past us, despite our frantic efforts to wave it down. by this point nick was not hopeful about his surprise trip and it didnt get any better. we eventually arrived and after we had paid and received our 'keys', watch like devices strapped to our wrists which opened the lockers and kept a tab of all that was flogged to us once inside the complex, we went inside our changing rooms upon which a gender specific uniform was thrust into our hands. not the usual robe and slipper spa uniform but shorts and t shirt that were so big you had to delve into layer upon layer of excess material to find anyone actually alive inside them. a slight exaggeration. obviously.
anyway, once that was all out of the way we had a wonderful day hopping from themed sauna to sauna, laying on the straw mats, being pummelled from the water jets and bracing the freezing outdoors to sit in warm bubbling jacuzzi's. it really was an amazing spa, aside from the nude rooms, the uniform and the journey.
we came away well and truly relaxed and refreshed for the week ahead.