Tucked on a side street in New York’s TriBeCa, Aire Ancient Baths is an old-world oasis paying homage to the bathing rituals of the ancient Romans. It’s a water spa entirely in a class of its own and with only 20 people invited into the experience at a time, it’s also highly personal and private. The cavernous, subterranean 16,0000 square foot space houses four pools – both hot and icy – a saltwater bath and tub with bubbly jets. Individuals are encouraged to tailor the 2-hour experience as they see fit, dipping in and out of each pool with ease. The entire cave-like atmosphere is your relaxation playground; it also helps the stone and marble surroundings were brought in from Spain with terracotta urns, Moroccan lanterns and glass-walled massage rooms to add to its ancient flair.
Upon entrance, a vast loft-like space with wooden floors and gorgeous antiquated pillars greets you. You’re then taken to the changing rooms to slip into a robe and slippers (you must wear a bathing suit on premises) and enter the baths from a candlelit staircase. Wander down slowly so as not to miss the view from atop and enter a world almost unimaginable amidst today’s ever-bustling city. It’s the perfect retreat, a welcome respite, and best of all, entirely yours for the taking and enjoying. Different from most spa offerings in the city, these ancient baths harken back to a forgotten time when just bathing and sitting was as good for the mind and body as anything else.
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