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Hundreds of miles from its original location on Calle Aire in Seville, Aire Ancient Baths NY still manages to make quite an impression on Franklin Street. Photo courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths.
Flickering candles, soaring ceilings and the hum of flowing water transport spa-goers upon entrance. Photo courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths.
Descend from the locker room into a vast area for soaking and relaxing at your leisure. Photo courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths.
The marble hammam is a steam room fit for an empress, complete with eucalyptus aromatherapy, and old-word basins. Photo courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths.
Plunge into the ice bath (46 degrees Fahrenheit) or frigidarium (61 degrees Fahrenheit) if you dare. Photo courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths.
Sometimes a three-minute post-mani shoulder rub relaxes us. But other occasions call for more--say, two hours, seven pools and 16,000 square feet of pampering.
Introducing Aire Ancient Baths, a Spanish import based on the Roman concept now occupying an opulent chunk of Franklin Street.
Block off a few hours (from $75) to fully enjoy the space: Originally a textile factory from 1883, its recent restoration reveals soaring rust columns, wood-lofted ceilings and exposed brick. Design details like flickering copper lanterns, Pyrenees basins and Marrakech fabrics emit a rough authenticity throughout.
After a rain-forest shower in the sleek locker room, swimsuit up (Aire sells them, lest you forgot) and head to the dark communal bath, where a range of glowing pools encircle a glass-enclosed hammam.
For optimum circulation, dip your way from hot (try the 102-degree Caldarium, saltwater Floatarium and Propeller-Jet Bath) to cold (we could barely manage a toe in the icy Frigidarium). Then soak at your leisure, respecting the “silence is golden” policy, until your masseuse retrieves you for a fragrant treatment (from $95) performed in an overlooking room.
Feeling ultralavish? Book a Red Wine Ritual (it involves a boozy soak and a four-handed massage) in the exclusive private baths upstairs (from $450).
As they say, When in Rome…
Aire Ancient Baths NY, 88 Franklin St.; 212-274-3777 or ancientbathsny.com
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