While no one has found the definitive, all-encompassing, all-powerful, guaranteed-to-work hangover cure, people sure have come up with a lot of options. Most of us turn to a home remedy like a breakfast sandwich and a gallon of water, but if you have deep pockets there are some more interesting solutions out there. Here are five luxe ways to cure (or at least soothe) your hangover.
IV Vitamin Drip
Now available in pretty much every major party city in the world, the IV drip is marketed as the quickest, most efficient way to rid yourself of any toxins and flush the hangover right out of you. In New York City the Hangover Club comes to you—a registered nurse will arrive at your home (or hotel room or office or park bench) in just 45 minutes and pump you full of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-nausea medication. In Los Angeles, stars like Adele and Chrissy Teigen have been known to frequent the Drip Doctors for a vitamin boost, but we know what that means. There’s also Drip Hydration in L.A., which offers a premium hangover package that promises to “scrub your liver squeaky clean.” Perhaps the most well known, though, is Hangover Heaven in Las Vegas. They’ll send nurses to your hotel room after a long night in the casinos or you can hop aboard their bus, which features IV drips, flat screen tvs and private bunks. The drips don’t come cheap, though. At any one of these places a session will run you between $115-300. Sometimes it can even be more.
A few enterprising Aussies have founded a brilliant niche business. Hangover Helpers, which has headquarters in both Perth and Melbourne, offers an amazing service: They will come to your house to clean up whatever mess last night’s party left behind and feed you breakfast and drinks. They scrub the bathroom, clean kitchen surfaces, vacuum and wash your floors, tidy up the outside, move furniture back and even take out the trash. Meanwhile, all you have to do is choose between a “Greasy” or “Green” breakfast. Prices start at $200AUD ($148).
If your own bed just isn’t doing the trick, leave that lumpy mattress behind and head to HGU, a New York City hotel focused on mind-body wellness. Start your stay with an in-room IV infusion from REVIV (which offers IV infusions and vitamin booster shots around the globe) then sip on some complementary Flow Water, an alkaline water filled with electrolytes while you consult the pillow concierge menu. Choose to add a plush down or memory foam pillow to your already pillow-full bed and let the day drift away. Can’t sleep? Listen to the provided guided meditation or make an appointment to get some stress-reducing reiki. Rates start around $179.
Crystals aren’t just for looking at. The colorful stones are also healing, if you buy into that sort of thing—and a lot of people have. Crystal facials are trendy hits with the beauty types right now, but they are also rumored to cure hangovers. Amethyst, in particular, is believed to have hangover curing properties. At a spa, a crystal facial costs around $250, but you can also do your own treatment at home. You just have to be OK with the idea of having carefully placed rocks on your face for about 20 minutes.
The Gwyneth Paltrow Method
Goop’s own hangover guru, Gwyneth swears by a “hot and cold spa treatment.” She recommends heading to your nearest Turkish hamman or Korean spa (what do you mean your neighborhood doesn’t have a Turkish hammam or Korean spa?) and hitting up the hot, dry sauna before moving into the steam room and then taking a cold plunge (or shower). After that, get a full body scrub and a massage. If that’s a bit too pricey for you (it will probably cost around $200), then try an abbreviated version at home. As Gwyneth instructs, “Draw a bath that is as hot as you can handle it and mix in some Epsom salts and baking soda. Soak for twenty minutes and then pop into a freezing cold shower for one minute. Get back in the hot bath and stay until you’re warmed up. Then get back in the shower for one more minute.” Easy and budget-friendly as this method is, it still presumes that you have a separate, standalone tub and shower. But that’s what you need if you want to live that Goop lifestyle.