Friday, May 30, 2008

Spa Design Part 3


Reception Desk and Welcome area
Reservations and Scheduling
Retail/Spa Boutique
Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms
Dry Treatment Rooms
Wet Treatment Rooms
European Hydro-Massage
Treatment Showers and Baths
Treatment Waiting Area
Treatment Lab

Private Relaxation/Meditation Areas
Men’s and Women’s Wet Areas
Common Wet Areas
Movement Studio
Fitness Equipment Studio
Swimming Pools and Aquatics
Administrative Offices
Staff Lounge
Storage Areas
Laundry Room
Spa Café and Juice Bar
Beauty Salon


· Entry and Reception should provide a residential not institutional feeling

· Provide for appropriate number of half size lockers (two per full size locker banks) on each side
· Utilize movable benches or Ottomans on casters for seating by lockers
· Provide make-up lights around vanity mirrors on women’s side
· Provide wall mounted magnified shaving mirrors at vanity on men’s side
· Provide wall mounted hair dryer units at vanities on both sides
· Provide for electrical outlets above vanities
· Flooring in locker and changing area should be carpeted, all other areas tiled
· Provide for clean and soiled linen storage

· Provide wall mounted soap, shampoo & conditioner dispensers in showers
· Accommodate Sauna, Steam, Whirlpool and Cold Pool (if applicable)
· Provide lounge with water proof seating near each wet area
· Provide clothing hooks throughout area
· Flooring should be non-slip easily cleanable tileProvide for non-corrosive ventilation ducts in this area
· Outflow of HVAC should be provided for 25 air changes per hour
· Provide for ozone water purification system for whirlpools. (No smell!)
· Provide a self service water station
· Provide for clean and soiled linen storage
· Ceiling shall be waterproofed material or no ceiling, sloped ceiling. Note moisture from hot water.


· A wet area treatment room should be near the wet area; Access to these treatment areas should be from both the men’s and women’s locker rooms through a hallway
· The area should include:
- treatment tables
- floor drain
- where required the following: sink, counter space, clean and soiled linen storage
- overhead showers or treatment shower or soak tubs
- infra-red heat lamps recessed into ceiling over each table
· easy to clean moisture resistant materials
· Rooms need to be sound insulated.
· Keep treatment areas as flexible as possible. Rooms to change when program changes
· located in “dry” therapy area. Tip: should have access to laundry storage and drop off
· Flooring can be vinyl tile, wood, or cushioned recreational surface. Tip: avoid tile, marble, or granite (too hard for the therapist to stand on
· Massage table: 1.8m x 0.75m (72”x30”) with an adjustable face cradle attached to the end of the table – adding another 12”. Table can be longer 2m x 0.75 if face hole is provided. Table upholstery should be made from Naugahyde with a smooth surface with medium firm padding. Table can have built-in shelves.
· Allow 0.8m-1m workspace around the massage table for therapist.
· Individual room, couples room, or common rooms. Room size: 3m x 4m
· washable wall paper or paint.
· Allow doors to open comfortably. use lever-type hardware for door knobs (therapists have oil on their hands). Doors for individual rooms must have visual access from hallway
· Indirect lighting with dimmer control on walls or overhead (not directly above massage table)
· windows lighting preferred with vertical, horizontal, or roman blinds.
· provide wall outlets at foot and sides of table, and a counter-height outlet for and essential oil diffuser. Tip: In-house phone with intercom in rooms is advised in larger facilities.
· One centrally located sound system, with speakers in each room that have an individual volume control knob.
· smaller rooms can have tables with built-in storage space for linens, towels, oils, bolsters etc.
· If room is too small to provide storage inside, storage directly outside room is necessary
· massage rooms scan have a small sink and linen cabinet. Tip: provide storage above and below sink; sink and cabinet should be in corner at an angle; sinks should have hot and cold water
· provide robe hooks

· located in “dry” therapy area with massage rooms, or in the Beauty Salon area.
· lounge and wait area should be within close proximity to the treatment rooms ( this minimizes traffic in between treatments).
· sink should be located behind lounge or to the side. (both hot and cold running water is necessary)
· floor must be non-porous, surface, smooth and washable
· laundry drop directly outside of rooms, preferably dropping into chute or carts
· millwork for cabinets must washable
· provide extra sound proofing in between rooms and hallways
· indirect lighting with dimmer control on wall or overhead at edge of ceiling, not directly over facial lounge; task lighting at counter surface. Tip: Provide separate overhead lighting for waxing, on separate switch. Mount items like mag and infra red lamps on walls to lessen wear and tear on equipment. Room does not require daylight.
· Wall outlet at foot and sides of table or facial seat; counter-height outlet for sterilizer, waxing unit, essential oil diffuser; in-house intercom in each room.
· Same sound system as for massage rooms-centrally located sound system with speakers in each room. Tip: each room needs individual volume control knob.
· Space requirement: 2.5m x 3m or 3m x 3m for each cubicle / room
· provide stool on rollers, with adjustable height and back support
· provide storage cabinet for professional products with locks and drawers for small tools; countertop for small sterilizer


· related services such as nails, hair, and make-up can be integrated into the spa environment, and some are best offered in a separate salon area.
· Floors should be of a material that is easy to clean (ie. Vinyl tile)
· Lighting should be flattering to hair and Skin
· Include a separate small reception counter which also acts as the retail point of sale
· Clients must be able to directly access the salon from the women’s locker room


· Incorporated centrally near the treatment area
· Staff lounge facilities a mix of men and women
· Provide a lavatory and shower if space permits and quarter-size lockers along one wall (# depends on number of providers/therapists)

· Add attendant stations (2.5m x 4m) at entrance to each locker room
· Provide provisions for safe deposit boxes (optional)
· Provide desk with locked drawers, key board, bulletin board, telephone, music control and linen storage

· Strategically place one or two inventory storage rooms
· Number and location depends on space limitations and facility usage
· Storage space should be accessible from men’s and women’s locker rooms, laundry and refuse areas

· Provide direct access for laundry dispersal and retrieval
· Provide a ramp into the laundry room through back of house passage
· Provide for in house storage of a minimum of two (1m x 1.5m) laundry carts
· Provide for in house storage of clean linens and towels in a centrally located area


Materials: Non-corrosive materials should be used in all high moisture areas (Vents, ducts, drains, ceiling & wall cover); Easy to clean moisture resistant materials should be used in all high moisture areas; Consider using local materials and integrating cultural and artistic traditions

Create Texture: Use wall hangings, pillows, rugs and unique bed coverings to create 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 spa visitors as they experience the environment along with their treatments.

Don’t Forget Dramatic Doors: Pay attention to doors and entryways: they signify a “crossing-over” to a place where people can leave their everyday lives behind. “People are focusing on the client transition from the street to the spa interior,” says Clodagh. Water features, plants, and specialized lighting can liven up a plain looking door.

Choose Colors that Stimulate the Senses: Flat color is out, and color with depth and character is in. The design philosophy is to create environments that engage the senses. Splashes of color enliven our spirits; luxurious textures engage our touch; aromas tantalize our sense of smell. All aspects of design contribute to the overall experience and ultimately the success of a spa.”

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