Aire Ancient Baths is a product of the AIRE Group, founded in Seville, Spain 15 years back. This collection of investors set their sites on modernizing the traditions of ancient Greek and Roman baths, opening up successful spas in both Seville and Barcelona. In 2012 they came stateside, with their New York outpost in Tribeca.
From the city street, the building doesn’t stand out. The red brick / concrete / glass / stone facade could be any of the neighborhoods many storefronts. Once inside, though, there’s a dimly lit oasis of serenity and pampering worlds away from your typical New York City experience. Large brick rooms with pools of scorching, warm, cool, and freezing baths stretch out next to one another in what looks like the calmest and most fengshui playground you’ve ever seen.
Guests of Aire Ancient Baths can indulge in a number of treatments and visiting packages, each one having them leave in a far more peaceful state than when they came in.
The first and most basic option is the Thermal Bath with Aromatherapy, and it gives guests access to explore the various baths and pools, which range in temperature from 61-102 degrees fahrenheit. This package also includes access to the steam room, propeller-jet bath, flotarium and relaxation room, where people sit on heated marble and drink tea.
The more expensive packages offer guests the same access to the facilities, but also throw in massages ranging from 15-60 minutes long. The Aire Ancient Baths also has specials where an individual can book a four-handed massage for double the enjoyment. Lastly, they offer a Red Wine Ritual where guests can relax in an antioxidizing bath of vino from the Matarromera winery in Spain.
A visit to the Aire Ancient Baths is an utterly soothing getaway, and an intense practice of relaxation and rejuvenation. New York City may be the city that never sleeps, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t know how to rest.