Just in time for the lifting of lockdown, AIRE Ancient Baths are opening their first property on Robert Street, Central London. The new spa joins seven other AIRE locations in cities such as New York, Barcelona & Seville (read our guide to the best hotels in Seville) in aiming to bring the classical tradition of bathing that originated in the Greek and Roman empires forward into the 21st Century. Near to Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, the historic building of No. 2-3 Robert Street is in the Adelphi area, the eighteenth-century neo-classical creation of the Adam brothers and once the home of J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan.
Visitors to the spa can expect an authentic classical bathing experience, as they move from the Tepidarium (warm water bath at a temperature of 36℃) to the Caldarium (40℃) and finally the Frigidarium (14℃). To more fully relax, guests may also indulge in the steam bath, known as the Vaporium, the Balneum or bath of a thousand jets, or the Flotarium, a salt bath. Lit by candlelight and totally silent save for soothing and ambient music, AIRE Ancient Baths truly is an oasis of calm in busy London.
In addition to the traditional ancient treatments, AIRE Ancient Baths London will offer guests two specialist practices: The Himalayan Salt Experience and The Wine Ritual. The Himalayan Salt Experience is a unique, rejuvenating and stress-relieving three-hour treatment that offers clients a 60-minute massage with hot Himalayan pink salt stones in addition to the traditional Thermal Bath circuit. Alternatively, The Wine Ritual includes a private immersion into red wine, created from Spanish Ribera del Duero red grapes renowned for their antioxidant properties, the Thermal Bath circuit, and a grape seed oil massage.
Originally founded in Seville in 2004, the company aims to continue expanding. Of the new London spa, CEO of AIRE Ancient Baths, Amadeo Serra says, ‘We are confident that AIRE Ancient Baths London will add a new proposition for Londoners and visitors to the UK capital and become a place of reference for those seeking luxury indulgence, rest and relaxation’.
AIRE Ancient Baths London starts from £150 for single visitors and £320 for couples. This includes a two-hour experience and tour through thermal baths at different temperatures and a 30-minute relaxing massage. AIRE Ancient Baths London is located at 2-3 Robert St, WC2N 6RL Covent Garden, London. beaire.com