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Three days of wellness: New York City

With its legendary nightlife and an always-on-the-go mindset, New York is nicknamed the city that never sleeps for good reason. No wonder hardworking locals have developed their own brand of wellness activities for body and soul. From its historic parks to new public spaces, eco fine-dining to transformative spa therapies, NYC offers visitors myriad ways to recharge and rebalance. Take inspiration for your own wellness-boosting break with this three-day itinerary.

Jogging in Central Park

Day one

Kick-start your day

Get some cardio in with a jog around Central Park as Mandarin Oriental, New York is just a hop, skip and a jump from the city’s most famous green space. To experience the diversity of this 840-acre park, opt for the full 6.1-mile loop. This jogging route ringing the entire park takes in tree-lined drives, passes Museum Mile and includes a steep incline up Harlem Hill. If you want to push yourself or prefer not to run alone, contact the hotel’s spa to arrange a one-on-one trainer to accompany you on your jog.

Do something different

If you’re looking for world-class art beyond The Guggenheim and The Met, meander down to the open-air showcase of street murals at Brooklyn’s Bushwick Collective gallery. Ask Mandarin Oriental, New York to arrange a visit with an expert guide and, as an optional add on, you can try your hand decorating the urban sprawl courtesy of a private 30-minute graffiti workshop.

Settle into stillness

Hankering for a dip? Head up to the 36th floor to enjoy the hotel’s sleek, 22m heated pool. One of the city’s most appealing, the pool has a backdrop of splendid views across the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River.

Arcadia Earth

Day two

Kick-start your day 

To do the great outdoors in style, make for Little Island, one of NYC’s most exciting new spots. A disused pier, Pier 54 has been reimagined by Heatherwick Studio and landscape architects MNLA into a floating 2.4-acre garden oasis. Designed to evoke a leaf on the water, Little Island’s gardens sit atop undulating concrete piles, fringed by cascading vines. Plants have been chosen to attract bees and nurture urban wildlife, while cultural performances take place across a range of amphitheatres.

Do something different

Take part in a multisensory, ecologically themed art experience in lower Manhattan at Arcadia Earth, created by artist Valentino Vettori. You’ll walk through a series of rooms where environments have been created using upcycled materials, interwoven with augmented and virtual reality experiences. Step away from the everyday and take time to reflect on the future of the planet, by seemingly walking on the ocean floor and observing shrinking coral beds.

Settle into stillness

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York is an award-winning wellness sanctuary in the heart of the city, beloved by New Yorkers and international guests alike. Opt for the healing Inner Strength treatment, which uses a particular blend of Aromatherapy Associates oils with natural ingredients such as calming clary sage, and begins with a heated compress, followed by massage techniques that ease tension and emotional stress. Finally, an uplifting foot massage will leave you feeling utterly grounded.

Birding walk Central Park

Day three

Kick-start your day

Not only is Central Park a sensational spot for running – it also has some perfectly plumed residents. The American kestrel and crimson-hued northern cardinal call it home year-round, and the park’s location on the Atlantic Flyway means migratory birds are constantly passing through, including ruby-throated hummingbirds and owls. Birdwatching can support mindfulness, and there are few better ways to cultivate inner serenity in nature than through a walk with Robert DeCandido PhD, aka Birding Bob, who’s an absolute authority on the subject.

Do something different

Dive into NYC’s vibrant food scene, with a wellness-focused dining experience booked for you by the concierge at Mandarin Oriental, New York. Head to abcV for plant-based feasts – think mushroom walnut ‘bolognese’ and hemp seed burgers – masterminded by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Or make for the renowned Eleven Madison Park, which has pivoted to a vegan menu. The only three-Michelin-starred vegan restaurant in the world, it’s where chef Daniel Humm creates everything from tomato and lemon verbena tea, and umami-rich tonburi, a Japanese ‘land caviar’.

Settle into stillness

Harness the power of botanicals with a Force of Nature facial at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York. During this 50-minute treatment, active cold-pressed botanical extracts are used to improve skin tone and texture, and to moisturise skin. After a relaxation ritual and deep cleanse – which includes Boreal forest barks and natural clays – a dual mask and exfoliation treatment using raspberry seed, avocado and pumice leaves the skin radiant and the mind ready to rest.

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