Relaxing in Style

In today’s hectic working world, rest, retreat and regeneration are becoming increasingly important. The latest spa and wellness facilities are meeting this need with sophisticated design concepts.

Nowadays there is a wide range of offerings to satisfy the growing expectations of health and design. The latest wellness hotels, day spas or health resorts aren’t just good for body and soul, they’re a treat for the eyes as well. Once merely added extras, relaxation and regeneration have meanwhile become the focus of attention. The Lanserhof Tegernsee, for instance, which opened at the beginning of this year, is setting new standards as a health resort. Designed by ingenhoven architects, the complex brings state-of-the-art medical care and hotel functions together under one roof. Set in the delightful landscape around Bavaria’s Tegernsee Lake, the resort has 70 rooms and suites, as well as various possibilities for physical and mental regeneration. Natural materials paired with a reserved design and furnishings underpin the therapeutic treatments. The entire interior is based on the principle of “less is more”, and uses light colours in combination with a simple, elegant design to create a calm and friendly atmosphere.

Exclusive ambience
Other establishments are counting on clear-cut design with exclusive furnishings to help their guests relax too. Patricia Urquiola has created one such special place to regenerate: her luxury spa for the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel in Milan. The Spanish designer and architect transformed the hotel’s historic wine cellar into an atmospheric wellness oasis covering 800 square metres. Beneath the brick vaults, a luxurious pool flanked by relaxation, fitness and beauty areas waits to pamper the lucky guests. Natural stone, exquisite wood finishes and relief-like, decorated tiles that are extremely pleasant to the touch conjure up the special atmosphere. The elegant design of the Axor Manufaktur gold-coloured bathroom fittings from Hansgrohe puts the finishing touches to the warm ambience.

Pampering the Arabian way
In contrast, the style and luxury exuded by the “Sense” spa in Abu Dhabi’s five-star Rosewood Hotel is reminiscent of an Arabian palace. Right down to the last detail, the interior design of the spa has been adapted to reflect the overarching aesthetics – a new interpretation of the Middle East lifestyle. The design by BBG-BBGM picks up on elements from the region's culture and combines them with the impression of white sand dunes and the blue of the ocean. In the Rosewood’s “Sense” spa, the guest can choose from a wide range of therapies and treatments, including local healing methods and preparations for wellbeing and beauty that are native to the region. Warm colours, white sofas and violet armchairs issue an irresistible invitation to switch off. Grohe’s geometric Atrio fittings add distinctive accents. The two hammam rooms use bronze-coloured mosaics and driftwood sculptures to conjure up associations with the sun and water.

A relaxing eye-catcher
The more hectic the working world becomes, the more we long for rest, relaxation and regeneration. Business travellers are particularly keen to seek R&R after a long working day or a tiring journey. As a result, more and more hotels – including those in the mid-price segment – are offering unusual spa concepts. The interior design of the 25hours Hotel in Vienna, for instance, whisks guests off to the world of the circus – even in the wellness area. And in the Mermaid’s Cave Spa, the big wall mosaic of the Little Mermaid creates a playfully designed eye-catcher. Featuring equipment by renowned manufacturer KLAFS, the spa provides a varied programme for sweating, cooling off and relaxing. Glass walls permit a 360° view of the entire wellness area and create islands of calm for switching off from work.

Source: Koelnmesse, reprint free of charge.