AIRE AN­CIENT BATHS

Athleisure - - Athleisure Beauty -

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.

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