AIRE ANCIENT BATHS
NYC is a place filled with a hustle and bustle that moves at a dizzying pace, so the need for a spa to get back to self is essential. But there are some spas that are literally hidden gems that take you to another world. AIRE Ancient Baths is a subterranean Tribeca spa destination that merges traditions of the ancient Greek, Roman, Ottaman and Arab empires together. Other locations of this decadent space around the world showcase bath traditions and revive this concept in restored historic buildings. Although this location opened its doors in 2012, the building was previously a textile factory that was built in 1883.
AIRE creates spaces and experiences to relax the body and mind according to ancient traditions of water with temperature contrasts as elements of relaxation and health. Its primary focus is to present the traditional ritual of relaxing and rejuvenation through water. Guests will enjoy hot and cold pools courtesy of the Romans, the intimate tubs are a nod to the Greeks and the use of steam and hot stones come from the Ottoman and Arab empires.
Entering the 16,000 square-foot space is an intimate affair as only 20 people are allowed to fill the marble and stone space which is lit by a number of lanterns from Marrakech! You can alternate between four pools ranging from fiery (102 degrees) to icy (46 degrees); there is a saltwater bath (the Roman alvea), and a large, multiperson tub with aggressive bubbling jets. A glass-enclosed hammam is accessible and there are heated marble benches where juices and teas can be enjoyed.
In addition to the pools, you can select an hour-long four-handed massage (or a fifteen-minute refresher) or a threehour ritual including a private bath upstairs (for one or two), infused with a choice of red wine, cava, or olive oil.
It's worth noting that all you need to bring with you is a swimsuit. Special slippers are provided by the spa which can be worn in the water. In addition you are given a band that you wear throughout your stay which electronically unlocks your locker.