The ancient Greeks first suggested that the use of spas needn’t be limited to cleanliness but could also be used for therapeutic reasons. The Romans built on this idea by constructing thermal baths at hot springs. Now, spas are used around the world by individuals as a way to relax, unwind, and receive treatments. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of consumers are choosing to invest their hard-earned cash into products and services that promote and support their health and well-being.
A survey conducted by McKinsey found that 79 per cent of people believe wellness is important. This rise in consumer interest presents many opportunities for businesses looking to provide wellness-related services. One such service is spa treatments.
Whether you’re a hotelier looking to build a wellness area at your hotel, or an businessperson looking to open a health club, we’ve put together a list of top tips to help you design a successful spa:
1. Consider the spaces required
When you are designing your spa, it’s vital that you consider the different areas required to ensure the smooth running of operations. For instance, if you’re a standalone spa, you’ll need a room to store linen. If you’re a hotel, this might not need to be something you consider, as you’ll already have similar facilities built into the existing hotel. Planning ventilation and waterproofing your spa area is critical when designing your space. Getting the building checked and speaking to someone about ventilation as you’re developing ideas will ensure you have a clear idea of what is and isn’t possible.
2. Set the scene
From the moment your customers enter, you want them to feel welcomed and relaxed. This means you need to ensure that your entrance area is a tranquil, calming space. From the choice of furniture to the décor, ensure that each element works together harmoniously to create a soothing atmosphere.
3. Don’t skimp on lighting
Lighting plays a key role in finishing off the overall ambience and look of an area. Harsh overhead strip lights give off a clinical feel that would be highly unwelcome in a spa.
Remember, your lighting needs will differ throughout the spa. For instance, in the treatment rooms, you’ll want dimmer switches so that the light levels can be adjusted before, during, and after treatments. In the relaxation room, soft lighting, such as the light given off by lamps, is preferable, as it will bathe the space in a warm light.
4. Add natural elements
Nature is well-known for its ability to calm the mind and body. This is why, for example, sleep music is often a compilation of different nature sounds, like raindrops on a roof or waves crashing on the seashore. To bring the outside in, consider features such as a water fountain or a living wall.
5. Opt for a neutral colour palette
More than anything, you want the interior of your spa to foster a sense of tranquillity. A calm atmosphere will be hard to achieve if the walls are painted in bright, garish colours. Instead, consider neutral, earthy tones. You could also consider using decorative wallpaper for an accent wall. This can be used to create a focal point in a space, such as behind the reception desk.
6. Don’t overlook the importance of the right materials
Choosing your spa furniture isn’t just about the aesthetic. You’ll also need to carefully consider material choices. Many spas combine an indoor seating design with outdoor materials, to combat the increased moisture levels and spa chemicals such as chlorine. Those same considerations will also need to be applied to wall coverings and flooring so they stay looking their best and performing as they should when the spa is fully operational.
Do you have a vision in mind for a spa or wellness centre? Here at Dawnvale, we can help make your vision a reality. Get in touch to discuss your project with us.