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Mandarin Oriental New York

I’ve always thought the best thing about booking a treatment at the MONY’s spa is getting to luxuriate in the men’s relaxation (locker and restroom) area. The Amethyst Crystal Steam Room is a bejeweled chamber that will make you feel like Persian royalty. And the wet area also contains the best whirlpool I’ve yet experienced: the Vitality Pool is enriched with oxygen-concentrated water, so there’s 20% more oxygen than the water we typically come into contact with. (After a soak, your skin feels polished.) And the pool contains an “air bed” steel lounge that gently massages the entire body. Kudos to architect Brennan Beer Gorman and interior designer Hirsch Bedner Associates—the MONY sets the standard for luxury urban spa facilities. The spa is available to day guests. (Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

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I was inspired to write this story after a few family trips to Europe,

when the planning of restroom stops became an issue. How to find your

safe haven is an art. And as the editor of a shelter magazine, I also

check out the bathrooms for their design; a beautifully designed hotel,

bar, or restaurant should have a beautifully designed comfort station.

Here are some notes from the stall. | By Drew Limsky, Yahoo! Travel