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Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca

Get Steamy at These Eight Saunas, Spas, and Baths

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Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca

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By now, your level of winter hibernation has probably escalated into full-blown cabin fever. But what's the point in going outside—especially when there's a cold front approaching—when your apartment is so cozy? Ladies and gentlemen, let's not forget about the few places that are always nice and warm, and conducive to bathing-suit attire: your local sauna, steam room, spa, or bathouse.

After the jump, we rounded up eight of our favorites throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Included are traditional Russian and Turkish baths, a multi-floor Korean spa extravaganza, and a lantern-lit Japanese refuge. Click through to view the map, and to plan out your next few weekends.—Reporting by Naomi Collett Ritz


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Spa Castle

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Spa Castle in Queens might be a little bit out of the way, but what it lacks in convenience it makes up for in extravagance. There's a Healing Room on the lobby floor, L.E.D. saunas on the first, waterfalls and baths on the second floor, and a fitness center on the third. There's also a restaurant, bar, and a separate food court.

Juvenex

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What time of day (or night) you chose to go to Juvenex on West 32nd Street makes all the difference. During the day, it's a women's-only facility; at 5pm, it turns into a couple's retreat; and at 4am, it's a wild single's party. Besides all that, the spa's main draw is the twenty-ton Jade Igloo sauna, but there are also plunge pools infused with ginseng and lemon, and a salt detox room.

Russian & Turkish Baths

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Arguably one of the city's most popular bathhouses, this East Village spot offers everything from Russian saunas, Turkish steam rooms, a frigid dipping pool, and a Swedish shower. Co-ed baths are offered on specific times each day, and single-day admission is just $35. Want to add a massage? Prices start at $55, and you don't have to book them ahead of time.

Great Jones Spa

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In addition to offering a variety of treatments, the Great Jones Spa also boasts a Water Lounge, which includes a River Rock Sauna, a Chakra-Light Steam, a Thermal Hot Tub, and a Cold Plunge. Admission to the baths is $50, or free for three hours with any spa services. They also offer traditional platza treatments, which is where a specialist scrubs you with a broom made of fresh oak leaves that's been soaked in olive oil soap.

Shibui Spa

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Located inside a reconstructed Japanese farmhouse in the basement of the Greenwich Hotel, the upscale Shibui Spa is a total treat. It includes a latern-lit swimming pool and lounge, a traditional Japanese bathing room, and a wide variety of massages and facials. If you're feeling invigorated after all that, you can also hit up the fitness studio for private training, yoga, or pilates.

Aire Ancient Baths

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For a spa day that's truly decadent, head to the Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca. Be warned that prices run high, with a 90-minute soak in the Thermal Bath going for $75. For $450, you can partake in either the Red Wine or Cava Champagne ritual. Not into that? Standard, hour-long massages are a more affordable $140.

Wall Street Bath & Spa 88

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This bathhouse is larger than most of its counterparts, but people here generally tend to keep to themselves—making this spot perfect for when you're just trying to relax. However, the baths can get crowded on the weekends, so reserve one of the lounge areas ahead of time for just $5 per person. General admission is $35/day, and annual admission, should you want to bathe all year round, is $2,500.

Body by Brooklyn

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This 10,000 square foot Euro-spa under the BQE combines the best of Russian, Turkish, and Swedish bathhouse traditions. They offer everything from private parties to massages, and the facility also includes a Martini Lounge that gets pretty busy during brunch hour. Not sure what else to try? The NYT recommends the Red Flower Hammam body treatment and luxurious Chocolate Massage.

Spa Castle

Spa Castle in Queens might be a little bit out of the way, but what it lacks in convenience it makes up for in extravagance. There's a Healing Room on the lobby floor, L.E.D. saunas on the first, waterfalls and baths on the second floor, and a fitness center on the third. There's also a restaurant, bar, and a separate food court.

Juvenex

What time of day (or night) you chose to go to Juvenex on West 32nd Street makes all the difference. During the day, it's a women's-only facility; at 5pm, it turns into a couple's retreat; and at 4am, it's a wild single's party. Besides all that, the spa's main draw is the twenty-ton Jade Igloo sauna, but there are also plunge pools infused with ginseng and lemon, and a salt detox room.

Russian & Turkish Baths

Arguably one of the city's most popular bathhouses, this East Village spot offers everything from Russian saunas, Turkish steam rooms, a frigid dipping pool, and a Swedish shower. Co-ed baths are offered on specific times each day, and single-day admission is just $35. Want to add a massage? Prices start at $55, and you don't have to book them ahead of time.

Great Jones Spa

In addition to offering a variety of treatments, the Great Jones Spa also boasts a Water Lounge, which includes a River Rock Sauna, a Chakra-Light Steam, a Thermal Hot Tub, and a Cold Plunge. Admission to the baths is $50, or free for three hours with any spa services. They also offer traditional platza treatments, which is where a specialist scrubs you with a broom made of fresh oak leaves that's been soaked in olive oil soap.

Shibui Spa

Located inside a reconstructed Japanese farmhouse in the basement of the Greenwich Hotel, the upscale Shibui Spa is a total treat. It includes a latern-lit swimming pool and lounge, a traditional Japanese bathing room, and a wide variety of massages and facials. If you're feeling invigorated after all that, you can also hit up the fitness studio for private training, yoga, or pilates.

Aire Ancient Baths

For a spa day that's truly decadent, head to the Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca. Be warned that prices run high, with a 90-minute soak in the Thermal Bath going for $75. For $450, you can partake in either the Red Wine or Cava Champagne ritual. Not into that? Standard, hour-long massages are a more affordable $140.

Wall Street Bath & Spa 88

This bathhouse is larger than most of its counterparts, but people here generally tend to keep to themselves—making this spot perfect for when you're just trying to relax. However, the baths can get crowded on the weekends, so reserve one of the lounge areas ahead of time for just $5 per person. General admission is $35/day, and annual admission, should you want to bathe all year round, is $2,500.

Body by Brooklyn

This 10,000 square foot Euro-spa under the BQE combines the best of Russian, Turkish, and Swedish bathhouse traditions. They offer everything from private parties to massages, and the facility also includes a Martini Lounge that gets pretty busy during brunch hour. Not sure what else to try? The NYT recommends the Red Flower Hammam body treatment and luxurious Chocolate Massage.