‘I spent the day at QC NY Spa on Governor’s Island’

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Tthe bustle of New York City can make it seem like an unlikely place for a wellness oasis. But in fact, you do not have to travel for hours outside the city or go to a secluded place to find one. The newly opened QC NY Spa is an immersive wellness destination right on Governor’s Island, just a short ferry ride away from downtown Manhattan.

Part of the Italian parent company, QC Terme, the QC NY Spa opened its doors in March 2022, but within a much older facility. “What’s really interesting about our location is that we occupy three former barracks. So they’re over 100 years old,” said Janine DiGioacchino, CEO of QC Terme Spas and Resorts, USA. The result is a 74,000-square-foot area that blends some of the rustic charm of its historic setting with the modern vibe of any QC Spa.

Among its offerings are saunas, steam baths, several relaxation rooms, two outdoor pools, foot baths and Vichy showers. And if there seems to be a lot to choose from, know that you are not tied to one or the other service on a given visit. You are free to enjoy the facilities and make a day out of it, just like a “choose your own adventure” experience.

To create his own QC adventure, Well + Goods director of creative development and host What Wellness, Ella Dove, recently ferried over to the spa itself. “I’ve never experienced anything in New York City that feels like such an escape,” she says. “It’s amazing how fast you sink into this holiday mindset – just because I’m looking at New York City and I’m not in New York City.”

“Immersive wellness is about the break. It’s the focus on relaxation versus getting a massage and then moving on to your next appointment.” —Janine DiGioacchino, CEO of QC Terme Spas and Resorts, USA

And that’s what makes QC NY uniquely appealing: You can take a break and immerse yourself in wellness without the hassle of a long journey. “It’s one of the hardest things to explain to my New York family and friends,” DiGioacchino says. “Immersive wellness is really about the interruption. It’s focus on relaxation versus [going to a spa in the city]get a massage and then move on to your next appointment. “

This means that in order to have the immersive experience that QC NY promises, you need to set aside some time. “I would recommend coming in [and being prepared to] interrupt completely, give yourself five or six hours, put on a bathrobe, put on some sandals, put your phone in the closet, and then enjoy, “says DiGioacchino.

Throughout her visit, Dove was able to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of several saunas, steam baths and relaxation zones, while also spending some quiet, introspective time in some of the more funky nooks and crannies of the spa – as an “upside down”. “room (which looks exactly as you could imagine) and a jukebox room.

“Sometimes it feels like there’s a goal in wellness. You get a facial to do this, or you get a sports massage to fix this, and QC Spa really feels like a place you just come to do. “And it’s definitely something New Yorkers need, but probably something we can all use a little more of: an excuse to do absolutely nothing,” she says.

To see how the rest of Dove’s adventures unfolded and get an insight into every room of the new QC NY Spa, tap play in the video above.

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