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PHOTOS: Midtown Spa Castle Features Igloo Sauna and Rooftop Pools

By Heather Holland | December 5, 2014 10:12am | Updated on December 5, 2014 4:25pm
  Spa Castle offered a sneak peek at new Midtown outpost expected to open later this month.
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MIDTOWN EAST — Colorful pools, an igloo sauna and rooftop hot tubs are just a few of the amenities New Yorkers can expect when Spa Castle opens its new Manhattan location later this month.

Premier 57, Spa Castle's 39,000-square-foot outpost at 115 E. 57th St., opened its doors to press on Thursday, offering a full tour of the three-story spa, featuring a floor dedicated to sauna rooms, a salad and juice bar, and rooftop pools.

The spa was originally slated to launch in November, but the opening has been pushed back to the end of December, according to Spa Castle spokeswoman Christie High.

"It took a little more time to get everything set up," High said.

Admission costs $65 per person and includes access to the pools, sauna rooms, lounges and communal areas like the poolside aqua bar.

While the existing Spa Castle in College Point, Queens, is open to children, the Midtown location is limited to those over 16 years old, High said. 

The ninth floor is made up of the "sauna valley," which includes a meditation room, a warm sauna lined with gold, a color-therapy room, where guests can sit in individual stalls designated by a single color that may have relaxing or invigorating effects, and an igloo room where the temperature drops to 43 degrees. 

The eighth floor features the pools, along with a pool-side aqua bar, where guests can order drinks without leaving the water. The food court on the same floor will offer a simple menu of salad, bento boxes, yogurt and freshly squeezed juice.

The entire seventh floor will be dedicated to spa treatments and includes 14 private rooms, including personal and couples' Jacuzzis. 

The cabana-style rooftop includes three tubs and a foot bath. It's also directly adjacent to the Ritz Tower, a condo building that overlooks the outdoor space.

The condo board of the Ritz sued Spa Castle in November for building too high and exposing residents to noise and nudity, and asked a judge to order the spa to cease construction.

A State Supreme Court judge denied the request to stop construction of the Spa Castle, allowing the spa to open.

During the tour on Thursday, High noted that nudity would only be permitted in the locker rooms.

"Some thought that people could be nude in the communal spaces, but that's not true," High said.