Best Threesome – Banyan Citi Spa
Threesomes can be tricky to organize. First, you need to find willing participants who share similar ideas about what’s pleasurable. Secondly, the acts need to be performed smoothly so that no one feels left out and you get exactly what you crave—which is usually a lot of attention! Third, you hope that afterward everyone is completely satisfied. Unfortunately, someone always regrets it, and complications inevitably arise. This is thankfully not the case at Banyan Citi Spa, a Zen-like haven in Soho where they know how to triple your fun. Their Rapid-Relief Four-Hand Massage ($200) is the perfect threesome: Two massage therapists rub every inch of your body while you just lie there feeling the stress fade away. The most you’re required to do is to say whether you like it hard or soft. The uninitiated may find so many fingers daunting, but trust us, you’ll soon be wondering what six hands can do. (Grace Bastidas)
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A NIGHT OUT WITH | Paulina Porizkova; Pampering Two Left Feet
By WINTER MILLER
IT’S not an Achilles’ heel, but Paulina Porizkova has duck feet. That is to say, she is a dancing queen without an arch to her name. Otherwise she’s every bit as lovely as one might expect of a 41-year-old former supermodel. Don’t be fooled by her Audrey Hepburn style — she brought klutzyback to television’s highly rated ”Dancing With the Stars.”
But this night was not about dance moves or first novels (her book, ”A Model Summer,” is out this month), it was about feet. Specifically, being off them and having strangers touch them.
Ms. Porizkova and her friend of a dozen years, Alexandra Wentworth, the on-again-off-again (soon to be on-again) television actress and wife of George Stephanopoulos, were getting pedicures at the Bunya Citi Spa on West Broadway in SoHo. Ms. Porizkova’s husband, the rocker and producer Ric Ocasek, had opted out of spa night.
Seated in leather thrones with massage features, Ms. Wentworth noticed her friend’s flat feet and yellowed toenails. But it was Lily Gu, Ms. Porizkova’s pedicurist for the evening, who kept asking her client: blister, injury or scar?
Ms. Gu raised her client’s right foot in the air and pointed to it, quizzically.
”Scar; I had a mole removed,” Ms. Porizkova said.
Ms. Porizkova and Ms. Wentworth met on a television pilot and have been close ever since, even with Ms. Wentworth now living in Washington. They wasted not a moment catching up. With these two, there was no story too gross, no moment too humiliating to rehash. Most are unprintable here.
….and I could only fit into one dress.”
But could she dance in it?
Ask and You Shall Receive
By HOLLY SIEGEL
If you’ve always wanted a skyline painted on your nails or the hair waxed off your big toe, all you have to do is ask. The former is available at Manhattan’s BanyanCiti Spa, albeit unadvertised, and the latter can, if you pipe up, be happily accommodated at Bliss.
Repeat spagoers are discovering what friends of the house have come to expect at swanky restaurants: that dishes not on the menu are available to regulars by request. There is a trove of extra services out there — Cornelia Day Resort will send your watch to Cartier to be repaired, and if you’re bored while your color bakes, Salon Eliut Rivera will order up a reflexologist — but these extras are hush-hush. Why? Cost-effectiveness, for one thing. Some places may have another reason. As Nathaniel Hawkins, a stylist and spokesman for Tresemmé, explained, salons don’t always have insurance for things like brow dying, but if the staff leaves a Q-tip and a bowl of dye next to you, who’s to know?