Sisley Opens First U.S. Spa in New York

Courtesy Sisley Spa

The French skincare brand brings its full-service spa experience to Manhattan's Upper East Side.

On the same stretch of Madison Avenue as Diptyque and Roland Mouret, the Upper East Side gained another French indulgence when Sisley-Paris opened its first spa in the United States on the third floor of the Carlyle Hotel this April. Two years ago marked Sisley’s official debut into New York City with the opening of its Bleecker Street boutique, but now the uptown crowd can experience the brand outside the beauty counters at Bergdorf’s and Barneys.

“New York City is the epitome of luxury,” says Christine d’Ornano, international vice president and daughter of Sisley’s founder Hubert d’Ornano, about the decision to launch the 40-year-old skincare and fragrance brand’s first American spa in the city. “The women are savvy and discerning when it comes to beauty.”

Sisley—the go-to for plant-based skincare and a Departures favorite—incorporated its botanical products into the Carlyle’s spa treatments nearly a decade ago. Now, the hotel is a full-service Sisley Spa with Sisley-trained therapists and a revamped spa menu that includes the brand’s phyto-aromatic practices, making it an all-encompassing wellness destination.

On the list of new services, try the 80-minute restorative relaxing body treatment ($330) for the ultimate retreat from New York’s fast-pace. After a gentle massage that employs Japanese techniques with lavender oil sourced from the fields of France, guests will enjoy the energizing aroma of Egyptian geranium flowers as the brand’s restorative fluid body cream is applied for smooth skin and the treatment of environmental stressors like sun and pollution. D’Ornano believes an experience like this can only be described as “not so much an escape, but a destination.” 35 E 76th St.; 212-660-7560;