Between slow walkers and “train traffic,” New York City can be a stressful place. Luckily, it’s also home to plenty of Korean spas, or jjimjilbang, to help locals unwind. Not your typical spa experience, the jjimjilbang is often multi-floored, gender-separated, equipped with TVs and napping areas, and exactly what you need to relax in New York City.
You’re going to want to set aside a full day to experience Spa Castle
, open from 8 am to midnight. Families and frat bros alike love this College Point place for its year-round water park, fitness center, and seven themed saunas. Note: Spa
-goers uncomfortable with full nudity should skip the Castle’s first floor, where patrons can enjoy gender-separated nude bathing and showers.
As it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including on major holidays), K-Town Sauna
whenever you need it. Its two-floor facility is furnished with dry and steam saunas, a nude area, lounges, and much more. Tip: Don’t miss the sauna’s dining area and juice bar serving Korean treats.
The same team behind Spa Castle also brings you Premier 57
, a relaxing oasis in Midtown. Here, gold-paved saunas, a swim-up full-service bar, and a firm “no shoes” policy make this place feel like New York’s top attraction. Best of all, a day pass, which includes all this and more, will only set you back $75.
New York Spa & Sauna
Dare to bare it all at New York Spa & Sauna
, a straightforward spot known for its gender-separated hot and cool nude baths. If you prefer to cover up, the spa provides uniforms to be worn at its Korean-American food court and co-ed sleeping room.
Massage Parlour, Spa
More familiar to non-Korean audiences is Juvenex Spa
, which features European and American treatments, such as facials and massages, in addition to Asian remedies. It’s the latter that shines, however—literally, in the case of Juvenex’s dome-like saunas constructed from 20 tons of Chinese jade stones.
Aura Wellness Spa
An upscale experience hidden in Manhattan’s Koreatown, Aura Wellness Spa
infuses centuries-old Eastern therapies with the Western world’s most cutting-edge luxuries. The 12,000-square-foot (1,115-square-meter) Asian-style spa has won awards thanks to its Crystal & Jade Steam Grotto, microdermabrasion facials, and couples massages.
Massage Parlour, Spa
Regular massage recipients will love Spa 32
, a Koreatown nook boasting what may be the city’s most affordable quality massage. Take advantage of Spa 32’s 24-hour policy, and enjoy a luxurious oil shiatsu deep tissue or hot stone massage before or after work (or even on your lunch break)!