Aire Ancient Baths


Aire Ancient Baths

88 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013


Massage in your home is nice and relaxing, but hardly an experience, certainly not an adventure. The folks at Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca have created an excellent massage experience, paying homage to the bath houses of ancient Rome; sure, plumbing was a problem back then and having a central bath house was practical, but there is something amazing about a purpose built facility. Immediately upon entering, you are transported to a different time and place. After changing into your bathing suit, you are ushered down to the coed communal baths housed in a cavernous and dimly lit space where the only sounds are running water and flamenco acoustic guitar.

There are six different pools to soak in: the Floatarium (salt bath, a la Dead Sea), the Tepidarium (warm bath), the Caladium (hot bath), the Frigidarium (ice bath), the Jet Pool, and cold plunges. Each booking is 2 hours long and I recommend going with a friend or significant other. After your soak, an attendant will usher you into a very relaxing massage, either 30 or 60 minute. Despite being featured on Showtime’s Billions, the treatments are relatively affordable (by Manhattan standards).