Spa Design

The Spa Menu: Creating a Window That Could Entice Spa-Goers to Step In

Think of your spa menu as your customer’s window to your spa services. Unless that window offers an enticing view of relaxing treatments that resonate to their needs, potential customers may choose to walk past your business instead of stepping in. But how do you make that “window view” hard to resist? First, have a good understanding of your spa’s brand identity. In an interview for Pulse magazine (June 2013), Kapalua Spa’s Regional Director of Spa Operations, Cecilia Hercik, stressed...

Spa Tools that Help Create a Stress-Free Environment

The Franklin Institute Resources for Science says that stress not only affects a person’s mood, but can also increase the risk of stroke, hamper learning, suppress one’s growing network of brain neurons and weaken the protective blood-brain barrier. Therefore, it is all the more critical that you provide your guests a spa environment that goes beyond pampering, but one that truly allows them to completely relieve tension and stress. According to the article entitled “The Senses at Play: Learning to...

What is your UVP?

Over the last two years I have been invited on numerous occasions to speak on "Success by Design" to the graduate service marketing class at Pepperdine University's George L. Graziadio Graduate School of Business. The reason I am invited to speak is that the class semester project sometimes is the development of a plan for a day spa . Always it is a valuable learning experience and an opportunity for me to get reactions and feedback from an exceptional pool...

We don’t design interiors…we design experiences™

As we come to the end of the year it is natural to wonder what new trends might be on the horizon for the coming year. And with a little browsing and searching the internet can provide a dizzying array of speculation and crystal ball predictions year in and year out. The predictions for 2012 are no exception, and run the gamut from healthy feet to online wellness gaming! and everything in between. But interestingly, there seems to be a...

Stand out!

*/ “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” ~ Coco Chanel Getting your spa's design right the first time not only saves you money in the long run but also allows you to enhance clients' experiences. In this increasingly competitive industry and tight economy where clients are both sophisticated and courtesy of such discount providers as Groupon and Living Social have an increasingly wide range of choices as to where to spend their dollars, it is no...

3 Biggest Spa Design Mistakes

Here are SpaTrade's top three mistakes in spa design: 1. Acoustics - where many times you can hear what people are talking about in the next room, and separating active and passive, paying and non-paying and keeping the spa treatment areas separate and silent. 2. Mechanical and electrical - that is often forty percent of the budget and you should get it right, you don't want it to be too hot or too cold and client comfort is paramount. 3...

Tips on Designing a Steam Room

For the inside ceiling of a steam room, the best material to use is small squares of ceramic tile in a non porous material so that you don't have to apply a sealant every 6 months. The ceiling of a steam room needs to be slanted, or the users will complain that they get cold rain coming down on them while they are showering. With a slanted ceiling, the condensation slide under the ceiling toward the sides and doesn't fall...

Spa Design Tips from The Experts

Create Texture: Use wall hangings, pillows, rugs and uniqe bed coverings to creat texture and contrast in your spa. Locally made textiles embody a return to folkloric ideals and handmade crafts. Balance a combination of elements, such as reclaimed woods and other recyclables, textured glass, and metals such as copper and bronze. Bring the Outdoors In: Create a sense of the outdoors indoors by using with waterfalls, bamboo, and stone. Natural elements such as calming waters and meditative gardens intrigue...

How to Choose an Architect and Designer for your Spa

The best spa designers and architects are morally responsible, experienced, and interested in developing environmentally safe, energy efficient, and aesthetically pleasing structures and interiors. They are visionaries—pointing the way to the future with their exploration in color, texture, and materials. Through construction to interior design, your team of professionals should work together to create synergy of focus, light and space. Resource Guide to Architects and Designers Allied Design Professionals American Institute of Architects American Society of Interior Designers American Society...

Specifications for a Vichy Shower

A vichy shower is a horizontal rod suspended above a special treatment table. Water shoots out from holes in the rod and showers the client laying on the table. Vichy showers are typically located in a "wet room". As you can probably guess, a wet room is designed to get WET. Wet rooms are one of the most expensive rooms in a spa. They have different requirements than dry rooms used for massage and facials. Requirements include special materials such...

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