NEW YORK CITY — On a warm day it's likely that every available public space in the city will be occupied by someone trying to soak up some rays before the heat of summer kicks in.
To do that with a little more peace, a handful of spas across the city offer access to outdoor spaces through day passes or with treatments.
While Clay might be an exclusive health club with a capped membership, it opens all its facilities to non-members who purchase spa treatments. This includes access to the private rooftop.
Karen Mason, the club's director, said the busy rooftop remains peaceful with a like-minded and health-conscious crowd. The space has lounge chairs, couches, umbrellas and cabanas. Patrons can order up from Clay's ground-floor café.
Non-member prices for facials and massages at Clay start at $105.
Mermaid Spa is located at the tip of the Russian enclave surrounding Coney Island. The traditional Russian bath house has a 3,000-square-foot outdoor space with about 20 beds for those in search of a more private sun bake, according to owner Boris Kotlyar.
When everything gets too hot — the sun outside or the steam rooms and saunas inside — patrons can hop in one of two pools stocked with chopped ice.
A day pass to Mermaid Spa is $40 for an adult.
Spa Castle is a place nothing short of a fairytale.
The Korean day spa boasts several saunas, including one lined with real gold, as well as a huge rooftop pool complex. There are foot and body spas that relax muscles with massage jets, a hot mineral soak in the form of the Japanese Hinoki bath, a waterfall and outdoor furniture to sprawl out on.
A day pass for the entire Spa Castle compound is $40 on a weekday and $50 on a weekend. Treatments and dining at the in-house Korean restaurant come with additional charges.
The "Get Away for a Day" spa package at Exhale in the trendy Gansevoort Hotel allows access to its rooftop pool, a privilege normally reserved for overnight guests.
The $300 package also includes an exercise class, a 30-minute massage and a 30-minute facial along with a poolside cocktail and gift bag.
Access to Element's outdoor deck comes from purchasing any one of dozens of services at the center, from acupuncture to reflexology to massage.
The deck, furnished with teak chairs and tables, is about 1,000 square feet and is partially covered by a canopy to offer some sun protection, according to the center's co-owner Alyssa Walsh.
Those who book at least two hours of any service at the Peninsula Spa can use the hotel's 2,700-square-foot terrace with its dozen or so lounges for sunbathing. Guests can also use the hotel's fitness center and pool.