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Therapies run hot, cold, and communal at four new city sanctuarie­s.

- By Elaine Glusac

ISLAND resorts and coastal spas are a natural fit for wellness retreats, but that doesn’t mean urbanites need to forfeit the pleasure of a good soak. In cosmopolit­an centers, a back-to-basics trend is emerging: as spa enthusiast­s crave a return to simplicity, bathhouses are opening to celebrate the benefits of waterbased therapy, from icy plunge pools to steam rooms.

Housed in a converted military barracks on Governors Island in New York Harbor, QC NY has outdoor spaces that overlook the Manhattan skyline. The day spa, which launched in March, offers a sauna along with a Scottishin­fluenced steam room with balsamic infusions and a fireplace room with rocking chairs for reading or relaxing postmassag­e. Indoor and outdoor pools, also with city views, are slated to open this summer.; day passes $88.

Aire Ancient Baths have interiors that echo historic architectu­re in each of its eight locations, including the newest in London. The Covent Garden property opened last year in a handsome Neoclassic­al building, where pools and candleligh­t fill the 18th-century vaulted halls.; 90-minute passes $120.

At Resorts World Las Vegas,

Awana Spa has debuted the country’s first Event Sauna. On Fridays through Sundays, participan­ts can sit for a sweltering half-hour show, titled Art of Aufguss, that includes a performanc­e by a towelsnapp­ing Sauna Meister, choreograp­hed lighting, and a modern New Age soundtrack.; three-hour passes $120.

Ritual Nordic Spa imports Scandinavi­an culture to Victoria, British Columbia, with a focus on outdoor bathing in all seasons. Guests can follow a recommende­d circuit that incorporat­es a Finnish sauna, a salt lounge, and a cold plunge pool, among other stops. A dining lounge offers healthy drinks and snacks like local kombucha and dried fruits. ritualnord­; two-hour passes $59.

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On Governors Island, the spa QC NY has outdoor lounge areas with Manhattan views.

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