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Premier 57 by Spa Castle features tubs, pools, saunas and a swim-up bar

Spa Castle Manhattan is a departure from the property in Queens. While still whimsical and enchanting, and with many of the same features, this is not the Spa Castle you're used to.

Indeed, Spa Castle Manhattan is actually called Premier 57 Spa. They were both built and managed by the same company, but Premier is the "luxury brand extension" of the spa, according to a press release.

And boy is this place premiere and luxury! First off, it's age 16 and over. And it's a more manageable size with a smaller capacity (480 people). Take a look around the 39,000-square-foot spa with us, which is set to open Dec. 15. Would you pay $65 for a day pass?

115 E. 57th St., spacastleusa.com/57. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to midnight.

Hydrotherapy pools

Three hydrotherapy pools are located in both the
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Three hydrotherapy pools are located in both the men's and women's water lounges, located within the dressing rooms. One is a warm bath, one a very warm bath and the third is a cold plunge pool. It's called "contrast hydrotherapy." Clothing is not permitted in the water lounge.

Mood lighting

Soaking in heated water opens pores and improves
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Soaking in heated water opens pores and improves blood circulation. Relaxing lighting adds ambiance.

Steam room and sauna

A steam room and sauna are also located
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A steam room and sauna are also located inside both the men's and women's dressing rooms.

Sauna

Also located in each of the men's and
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Also located in each of the men's and women's water lounge is a traditional, cedar sauna.

Indoor bade pool

The indoor bade pool is the heart of
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The indoor bade pool is the heart of Premier 57. It features a standing neck shower, hydro jets, floating jets and bubble seats at the Aqua Bar. Yes, there's a swim up, full-service bar located in the pool. Tinted windows with views of New York City line the pool, with lounge chairs all around.

Water wall

Water, water everywhere.
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Water, water everywhere.

The Aqua Bar

Fancy a cocktail? A seltzer? A refreshing spritzer?
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Fancy a cocktail? A seltzer? A refreshing spritzer? Swim on up for the ultimate in luxury and fun.

A closer look...

Those jets are powerful. Do you have shoulder
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Those jets are powerful. Do you have shoulder pain? High tail in to Premier 57.

Hinoki bath

The Hinoki bath is the centerpiece of the
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The Hinoki bath is the centerpiece of the roof deck. A bade pool built with "ancient" pine that's been aged over 300 years, this pool is meant to "transform you to the hot springs of Japan." We're not sure how easy that will be, especially surrounded by New York City apartments (some of which you can see right into from the roof). But you can certainly try!

Event tubs

These personal size dunk tubs located on the
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These personal size dunk tubs located on the outdoor roof deck are incredible. Located above the fray of Manhattan, take some quiet time out and find inner zen in a standing pool complete with jets and color therapy. Each bath is filled with minerals and herbs, too. Talk about an "event."

Foot baths

After dunking in an event tub, take a
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After dunking in an event tub, take a seat for awhile. And of course, there is water, even surrounding a bench on the roof. The water is deep enough to reach your calves!

Dream bath

The Dream Bath on the roof is a
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The Dream Bath on the roof is a lie down bath with aqua-therapy jets and hydraulic pressure jets aimed at your back, thighs and feet.

The Hinoki bath beckons...

That water is intoxicating, isn't it?
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That water is intoxicating, isn't it?

The Meditation Room

Infused with scent, the meditation room boasts comfortable
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Infused with scent, the meditation room boasts comfortable chairs arranged just so around a water basin that catches water falling from the ceiling. The dry-ice affect is trippy. You could stare at it for hours, right? Us too.

A closer look...

The water basin in the meditation room. Ommmmmmmm.
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The water basin in the meditation room. Ommmmmmmm.

The Sleeping Room

Need to relax after all that swimming and
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Need to relax after all that swimming and drinking? Take a break in the sleeping room. The floors are heated. Traditionally, Koreans sleep on heated floors to improve blood circulation.

The Infrared Zone

Infrared lights are like being in the sun,
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Infrared lights are like being in the sun, but without the potential for skin cancer. Far infrared converts light into heat and helps release joints.

Spa treatments galore

Book a private couple's massage, a Korean body
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Book a private couple's massage, a Korean body scrub or a number of other sessions, for an extra fee.

A memorable hallway

This place can sometimes feel like a psychedelic
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This place can sometimes feel like a psychedelic explosion, in a good way.

Chromotherapy sauna

Each color boasts a different healing property. Red
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Each color boasts a different healing property. Red helps blood to circulate and increases vitality; green alleviates anxiety; blue is anti-inflammatory; yellow eases depression; purple is the ultimate in relaxation and white is the color of purity, and supports detoxification.

Himalayan Salt Sauna

The salt promotes skin exfoliation and invigorates the
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The salt promotes skin exfoliation and invigorates the metabolism.

Charcoal ceiling in the Loess Soil Sauna

The Loess Soil Sauna is the hottest at
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The Loess Soil Sauna is the hottest at Premier 57, upwards of 190 degrees. The walls are lined in clay and the ceiling in charcoal.

Ice igloo

The ice igloo helps to re-attune your body
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The ice igloo helps to re-attune your body temperature. Very important after spending time in the saunas.

The Gold Sauna

The softest to the touch and most engaging
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The softest to the touch and most engaging sauna, we think, is the gold sauna. The color is pleasing and the heat just right. Gold is said to rejuvenate the brain, and also boasts anti-aging qualities.

Cafe Bistro

Healthy eating is the focus at Premier 57.
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Healthy eating is the focus at Premier 57. Salads, smoothies, a yogurt bar and fresh-squeezed juices are available, as well as Starbucks coffee.

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