The Spa Castle in Queens is billed as a sprawling, 22-pool Disneyland of soaks and steams.
But some patrons are anything but G-rated.
On Sunday mornings, an army of exotic dancers getting off their Saturday-night shifts descends on the complex — and it’s not to do laps in the pool.
“We open at 6 a.m., and lots of strippers come here after work to unwind,” an employee told The Post. “There’s lots of skinny dipping and the girls are making out with each other and partying. It looks like the set of a porn movie.”
During two recent visits, The Post found patrons in their birthday suits, groping each other, making out and having what appeared to be underwater sex.
Last Sunday, the clientele ranged in age from toddlers to octogenarians. But that did not stop a group of five heavily tattooed twenty-somethings from engaging in splashy sexcapades in the 2-foot-deep, heated wading pool on the second floor.
House music pulsing, one of the women stripped down naked and cheerfully played with her breasts while a woman in a yellow-fringe string bikini and a man looked on. A few minutes later the nude woman stood in front of the seated man while her hand jerked in and out of the water. A couple made out a few feet away.
A male member of the group wondered out loud if they should make a liquor-store run.
It was not yet 9 a.m.
For two decades, [Steve] Chon’s forte was building and renovating Korean-run laundries and nail salons. But in 2005, the developer with champagne tastes purchased a ramshackle warehouse on 11th Avenue in College Point for $3.6 million. He envisioned it as a family friendly hotel-spa. The spa’s Facebook page has even described its mission to create a “light-hearted, family-oriented” ambience.
The community board promptly shot Chon down, “deriding the proposal as a thinly disguised ‘hot sheet’ establishment,” the Queens Gazette reported.
But Chon gained the support of then-Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who helped shepherd the project through a series of city approvals.