The entrance of the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York

The entrance of the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York

The Science of Beauty


Try not to be fooled by the cascade of Baccarat crystals that softly illuminate the entrance–or the gleam of the diamanté-tiled walls, the billowing diaphanous curtains, or the striking carved marble, for that matter. This is an atmosphere that so completely envelops you in tranquil comfort that it's easy to forget where you are: one of the most advanced spas in Manhattan.

Combining rigorous research with visible results, the cutting-edge Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York prides itself on treatments that are as pampering as they are effective.

One of Guerlain's latest anti-aging breakthroughs was 12 years in the making. The resilient Gold Orchid is grown in the Tianzi Exploratory Nature Reserve, in China, where Guerlain researchers have been studying the flower for more than a decade, becoming experts in extracting its maximum healing potential. Now its power has been harnessed by the Orchidée Impériale Cure Treatment. While you sink into heavenly relaxation, your facial muscles are gently toned by the expert hands of a specialist who repeats a precise massage sequence, designed to stimulate and contour the muscles of your face. Then a series of three different masks are applied to your skin. Finally, your face is treated with Guerlain Longevity Concentrate, which allows Gold Orchid Technology to accelerate the natural renewal cycle of your skin, visibly diminishing the signs of aging and leaving you with a youthful glow.

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Unlocking the Power of Orchids

Guerlain's Orchidarium is a network of three research centers dedicated to assessing the biological potential of this hardy plant, which has been known to live for more than a century in hostile and extreme conditions. Of the more than 30,000 species of orchids, Guerlain has identified about 100 rare types.

The Gold Orchid is one of them. It flourishes in the treetops four or five meters above the ground and is harvested once a year when experts have decided its vitality is at its maximum.