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Spa Opportunities Review of 2016: The best spas of the year
By Kim Megson 23 Dec 2016
Mar Adentro in Los Cabos, Mexico by Miguel Ángel Aragonés and Satteva Spa & Wellness Concepts
Over the last twelve months, some stunning spas and wellness facilities have been unveiled around the world. Here are some of the projects – including both independent spas and those integrated into larger resorts – that have particularly caught Spa Opportunities' eye in 2016.

No such list can ever be truly comprehensive of course, especially when the design standard is increasingly so high, so please let us know your own favourite contenders on our social media pages.

The Well, Norway by Thermarium and Halvorsen & Reine

“Spa"

The Well – a three-storey, 10,500sq m (113,000sq ft) spa complex just outside Oslo – opened to the public at the beginning of the year. Located in Kolbotn, 11 miles (17km) south of the capital, the privately-owned spa, billed as the largest in Norway, has been designed to transport guests to different spa cultures from around the world. Envisioned as a spa landmark in Europe, high-quality materials, Nordic design flourishes and a special location were merged to create a unique project. Facilities with distinctive international themes include a Japanese Onsen, a Nordic Laconium, a two-storey spruce-clad Blockhouse Sauna, an Art Deco steamroom, a jungle-inspired Egyptian Rasul and an Ambilight Cinema Sauna.



Keemala, Phuket by Architect Space, with Pisit Aongskultong

“Spa"

This five-star resort, located in the lush woodlands of Kamala, has drawn attention for its 38 private pool cottages, which each have a different theme and are inspired by fictional indigenous clans. The design concept is drawn from stories, cultures, traditions and lifestyles of four clans. The result is a spectacular mix of forest tree houses, tents and clay pavilions.



Mar Adentro in Los Cabos, Mexico by Miguel Ángel Aragonés and Satteva Spa & Wellness Concepts

“Spa"

The design of Mar Adentro offers a stark contrast between the hotel component – with its minimalist all-white aesthetic – and the spa: a dark, cave-like area inspired by local cenote swimming holes that aims to focus on the concept of water and reflect a sense of the internal. Rooms and residences at the hotel are designed to resemble chambers suspended over mirrors of seawater.



Amanemu, Japan by Kerry Hill Architects

“Spa"

Aman’s first Japanese hot springs resort, Amanemu, located in Ise Shima National Park on the shores of Ago Bay, adopts a classic Japanese aesthetic in the ryokan tradition. Each of its 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas features its own onsen, and the resort aims to embrace ‘omotenashi,’ the Japanese welcoming spirit blending warmth and respect. The architecture is based on a contemporary interpretation of Japanese Minka buildings, which incorporate traditional low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained Japanese cedar exterior walls.



Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles by Six Senses Architecture and Design and Studio RHE

“Spa"

Located on the private island of Felicite in the Seychelles, the resort’s 7,000sq ft spa is perched atop of the island’s majestic rock formations near the ocean. Designed to accentuate the island’s natural geography, and with the integration of sustainable processes and technologies, the spa is designed to become an essential part of the island’s ecosystem. It will offer guests a symbiotic experience of Felicite’s environmental and built features. The resort also features 28 one-bedroom pool villas and two two-bedroom pool villas; all designed to “embrace the untouched picturesque landscape of the island.”



Chablé Resort, Mexico by Amy McDonald and Jorge Borja of Grupo BV

“Spa"

Amy McDonald, owner and CEO of Under a Tree, Health and Wellness Consulting, created this destination spa built on Mayan tradition. Featuring 38 glass-fronted casitas and two villas, the building merges high-end luxury with local culture and nature. The rooms are completely surrounded by glass, meaning guests feel as if they are staying in the heart of the jungle. The 3,022sq m (32,530sq ft) spa blends ancient mysticism with modern curiosity, and features a naturally formed cenote as well as three temazcal experiences.



Faena, Miami Beach by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin

“Spa"

Miami Beach’s legendary Saxony Hotel, originally designed by Art Deco architect Roy F. France in 1948, has been transformed by Argentine real estate developer Alan Faena, with interiors designed by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Academy Award-winning costume designer Catherine Martin. The Faena Hotel Miami Beach includes a 22,000sq ft (2,044sq m) South American-themed spa, described as "Great Gatsby meets Buenos Aires."



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18 Sep 2020
Hundreds of thousands of small companies in the UK – including those operating in spa, fitness and leisure – are set to receive payouts on interruption insurance policies, following a high court judgment in a ... More
21 Sep 2020
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a new collaboration between its spa and fitness brand, Exhale, and the newly launched Amazon Halo service. Powered by a mobile app and accompanying wristband, the newly launched Amazon Halo ... More
21 Sep 2020
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is collaborating with developer, Gruppo Statuto, to transform the celebrated San Domenico Palace in Sicily, Italy, into San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel. The hilltop destination was formerly ... More
18 Sep 2020
Cruise ship and resort operator, OneSpaWorld Holdings (OSW) has announced that Susan Bonner will join the company as chief commercial officer, starting 12 October, 2020. In this newly created position, Bonner will be part of ... More
18 Sep 2020
Industry figure, Rainer Bolsinger, has recently been appointed chief sales officer and chief marketing officer for artofcryo.com, a new division of L&R Kältetechnik GmbH & Co. KG. L&R has a 30-year history with -110°C solutions ... More
17 Sep 2020
Breathwork is known globally as a key pillar of wellness and its positive effects are well documented on the physical, mental and emotional state. In St Lucia, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort and Spa has ... More
16 Sep 2020
The Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) latest Q&A with experts on wellness in the age of COVID-19 saw VP of research and forecasting, Beth McGroarty, talk with entrepreneur Melisse Gelula, who previously co-founded wellness media company, ... More
16 Sep 2020
Luxury hotel and resort brand Aman has unveiled plans for urban Aman Residences in Bangkok, with design by world-renowned architect, Jean-Michel Gathy. Aman has signed a long-term partnership with Nai Lert Park Development, a subsidiary ... More
15 Sep 2020
Integrative health resort, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, is growing its Online Wellness Service offering with a series of complimentary classes and talks throughout September and October. The resort is expanding its existing support programme, ... More
11 Sep 2020
Spa management company, ISM Spa, is expanding its reach in the US, having recently opened two new properties and revealing plans to open an additional destination in Q4 2020. Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise, ... More
10 Sep 2020
Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda in Italy has introduced five new treatment packages inspired by nature, which blend outdoor activities, TCM practices and wellness treatments. Called Natural Wellness Trails, each outdoor journey guides ... More
11 Sep 2020
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has recently opened a new luxury resort and spa in Japan, expanding its luxury Asia Pacific portfolio into the historic mountain region of Nikko. The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, showcases a new spa ... More
     
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Spa Opportunities Review of 2016: The best spas of the year
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Mar Adentro in Los Cabos, Mexico by Miguel Ángel Aragonés and Satteva Spa & Wellness Concepts
Over the last twelve months, some stunning spas and wellness facilities have been unveiled around the world. Here are some of the projects – including both independent spas and those integrated into larger resorts – that have particularly caught Spa Opportunities' eye in 2016.

No such list can ever be truly comprehensive of course, especially when the design standard is increasingly so high, so please let us know your own favourite contenders on our social media pages.

The Well, Norway by Thermarium and Halvorsen & Reine

“Spa"

The Well – a three-storey, 10,500sq m (113,000sq ft) spa complex just outside Oslo – opened to the public at the beginning of the year. Located in Kolbotn, 11 miles (17km) south of the capital, the privately-owned spa, billed as the largest in Norway, has been designed to transport guests to different spa cultures from around the world. Envisioned as a spa landmark in Europe, high-quality materials, Nordic design flourishes and a special location were merged to create a unique project. Facilities with distinctive international themes include a Japanese Onsen, a Nordic Laconium, a two-storey spruce-clad Blockhouse Sauna, an Art Deco steamroom, a jungle-inspired Egyptian Rasul and an Ambilight Cinema Sauna.



Keemala, Phuket by Architect Space, with Pisit Aongskultong

“Spa"

This five-star resort, located in the lush woodlands of Kamala, has drawn attention for its 38 private pool cottages, which each have a different theme and are inspired by fictional indigenous clans. The design concept is drawn from stories, cultures, traditions and lifestyles of four clans. The result is a spectacular mix of forest tree houses, tents and clay pavilions.



Mar Adentro in Los Cabos, Mexico by Miguel Ángel Aragonés and Satteva Spa & Wellness Concepts

“Spa"

The design of Mar Adentro offers a stark contrast between the hotel component – with its minimalist all-white aesthetic – and the spa: a dark, cave-like area inspired by local cenote swimming holes that aims to focus on the concept of water and reflect a sense of the internal. Rooms and residences at the hotel are designed to resemble chambers suspended over mirrors of seawater.



Amanemu, Japan by Kerry Hill Architects

“Spa"

Aman’s first Japanese hot springs resort, Amanemu, located in Ise Shima National Park on the shores of Ago Bay, adopts a classic Japanese aesthetic in the ryokan tradition. Each of its 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas features its own onsen, and the resort aims to embrace ‘omotenashi,’ the Japanese welcoming spirit blending warmth and respect. The architecture is based on a contemporary interpretation of Japanese Minka buildings, which incorporate traditional low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained Japanese cedar exterior walls.



Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles by Six Senses Architecture and Design and Studio RHE

“Spa"

Located on the private island of Felicite in the Seychelles, the resort’s 7,000sq ft spa is perched atop of the island’s majestic rock formations near the ocean. Designed to accentuate the island’s natural geography, and with the integration of sustainable processes and technologies, the spa is designed to become an essential part of the island’s ecosystem. It will offer guests a symbiotic experience of Felicite’s environmental and built features. The resort also features 28 one-bedroom pool villas and two two-bedroom pool villas; all designed to “embrace the untouched picturesque landscape of the island.”



Chablé Resort, Mexico by Amy McDonald and Jorge Borja of Grupo BV

“Spa"

Amy McDonald, owner and CEO of Under a Tree, Health and Wellness Consulting, created this destination spa built on Mayan tradition. Featuring 38 glass-fronted casitas and two villas, the building merges high-end luxury with local culture and nature. The rooms are completely surrounded by glass, meaning guests feel as if they are staying in the heart of the jungle. The 3,022sq m (32,530sq ft) spa blends ancient mysticism with modern curiosity, and features a naturally formed cenote as well as three temazcal experiences.



Faena, Miami Beach by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin

“Spa"

Miami Beach’s legendary Saxony Hotel, originally designed by Art Deco architect Roy F. France in 1948, has been transformed by Argentine real estate developer Alan Faena, with interiors designed by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Academy Award-winning costume designer Catherine Martin. The Faena Hotel Miami Beach includes a 22,000sq ft (2,044sq m) South American-themed spa, described as "Great Gatsby meets Buenos Aires."

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