This Spa in New Zealand is Actually a Converted Chapel

The Marlborough Lodge Spa // Photo courtesy of The Marlborough Lodge

Undergoing an overall renovation, The Marlborough Lodge (Blenheim, New Zealand) recently converted its onsite chapel, which was built in 1913, into an intimate spa, a bar, and a retail shop. The Marlborough Lodge Spa offers a host of massage treatments and will eventually add additional wellness services, such as facials, hair masks, and more. All lotions and essential oils are blended from John and Lyn Rainey, New Zealand’s oldest continuously operating essential oil production company.

The spa, which has a private en-suite with heated floors and towel racks, features deep green walls and Moroccan-inspired lighting. Co-owner and managing director Angela Dillon spearheaded the design and interiors, which showcase natural tones mixed with the original chapel Rimu wood and exposed beams made from 100-year-old kauri wood. Collaborating with Auckland-based interior designer Peter Lloyd on the chapel’s colors and furnishings, Dillon took inspiration from the main lodge’s aesthetic and theme. The spa incorporates the chapel’s history with a variety of memorabilia on display, such as an old bible, marble signage, hymn book holders, and a collection plate.


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