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New York City day spas: 5 picks

Aire Ancient Baths in TriBeCa offers different pools

Aire Ancient Baths in TriBeCa offers different pools including hot, warm, cold and salt water. Credit: Handout

As winter slogs on and on, it's time to treat yourself. New York City has a good lineup of day spas, each with its own twist on services that are relaxing and energizing. For those who work in the city, or those visiting but not staying in a spa-equipped hotel, these are the stops on the way to sanity.

EXHALE DAY SPAS Convenience is a key asset for this chain, with several locations in NYC, as well as other major cities. Part of the charm here it that it's a cross with a gym, offering yoga and exercise classes as well as waxing, manicure and the rest. You can book spa services (acupuncture sessions are $100-$200) or exercise, like a single core fusion session for $37.

WHERE 150 Central Park S. and five other Manhattan locations

INFO 212-561-7400,

NICKEL Spas tend to have more women patrons, so this men-only spa on the edge of the Meatpacking District stands out not least for the clientele. The industrial-chic space occupies a historic bank building and has just been renovated -- now there are nap chambers called Nickel Cabs, complete with zero-gravity chairs and purified air. Or get a shave by an expert barber -- the express shave is 30 minutes for $30. Nickel has its own to-go line of men's products, too.

WHERE 77 Eighth Ave.

INFO 212-242-3203,

AIRE ANCIENT BATHS Modeled after the Ancient Roman bath system, this TriBeCa spa offers different pools including hot, warm, cold and salt water. A stone interior defined by ionic pillars nods at an ancient feeling, aided by candlelight and bottom-lit pools. Clients can combine a 90-minute bath ($75 base price) with massage or facial services afterward. You can even be bathed in red wine, sparkling cava or olive oil ($450).

WHERE 88 Franklin St.

INFO 212-274-3777,

O'LIVE ORGANIC SPA O'Live exclusively uses organic oils, fruits and herbs, many of them handmade, to relax and clarify your skin. They also exclusively promote the Eminence organic skin care line. A stop on the website to get a bead on their monthly specials is a good idea. And for New Yorkers who are always in a rush, there's the Express Facial: a pineapple peel and stone crop plant peel (45 minutes, $68).

WHERE 112 E. 23rd St., Suite 302

INFO 212-674-2424,

PURE SPA Started by a professional aesthetician and makeup artist, Pure Spa offers fairly affordable options, including facials, massages, makeup, tanning and hair. The staff focuses on Dermologica products, usable even on sensitive skin. Sure to have evergreen popularity is the Anti-Aging Facial (75 minutes, $119).

WHERE 40-15 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside

INFO 718-784-6400,

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