Luxury Buildings Taking Wellness Amenities To New Levels In New York City
Real estate developers are in a never-ending race to offer the most futuristic and luxurious amenities in their residential buildings.
State-of-the-art fitness centers and movie theater-style screening rooms are no longer enough, as New Yorkers constantly crave the most lavish lifestyle possible. One trend that is growing to meet these desires are spa-style offerings. Thanks to some of the city’s newest buildings, it’s no longer necessary to pack up a duffel bag and head to a nearby health club for a few hours of detoxing and relaxing.
From chromotherapy to ice rooms, here are some of the newest wellness amenities being offered in the Big Apple.
Originally a European concept, infrared saunas use lights to emit heat that is absorbed by our skin. In other words, the rooms make you feel like you’re bathing in natural sunlight. According to scientific studies, the therapy can result in everything from a decrease in depression to a reduction in appetite and cardiovascular improvements. The Kent, a 30-story art deco development at 200 E. 95th St., built in 2017, offers an infrared sauna as part of its fitness center. And with temperatures in New York hovering around a frigid 20 degrees this week, it’s safe to assume the building’s residents are making good use of it.
“For our discerning residents, health and wellness remains a top priority,” noted Raizy Haas, senior vice president at Extell Development Company, which built The Kent. “Our buyers expect a well-curated suite of amenities that addresses their needs both through state-of-the-art equipment as well as tried and true wellness practices.”
Another form of infrared sauna, chromotherapy uses multi-colored lights to re-balance the body’s vitamin D level. Vitamin D deficiencies are common winter ailments for those who live in cold-weather climates, and can cause seasonal depression, while also doing a number on our immune systems. A chromotherapy sauna will be offered in the 11-story luxury condo Arbor Eighteen, opening next year at 185 18th St. in the Greenwood section of Brooklyn, near Park Slope. If that isn’t enough to stave off their wintertime blues, residents can also try clearing their minds in the building’s meditation room.
At 252 E. 57th St., a 65-story luxury condo on Billionaire’s Row, amenities include an ice room as part of its hydrotherapy circuit spa. The circuit starts off with a hydrotherapy shower, which uses varying jet types, including water sheet, water bars and rain, to either balance their regulatory systems, energize or de-stress. This is followed by steam room, sauna and a cool-down in the ice room. And while it may seem ridiculous to step into a freezing-cold space during winter in the northeast, when one can just as easily strip into a bathing suit and go outside, the more private, interior amenity provides a system-wide reboot for the human body. Just a few minutes in an ice room can improve circulation, along with joint and muscle function, for months afterward.