3 Designed Spas
There’s more to Asia’s spas than the massages BY CATHERINE NICOL
The urban Elemis Spa at the St. Regis Bangkok (starwoodhotels.com/stregis/bangkok) designed by Kate and Paul Greenwood of studioaria, elevates every element to luxurious effect: lavish white leather adorns the reception and corridor columns while sand-colored carpet with double underlay gives sensuously underfoot. The changing room becomes a place to linger with a duplex of pools and waterfall, relaxation pods, hydrotherapy and individually lit dressing tables. Spacious treatment rooms incoporate Rasul chambers, where guests can bathe in heat, steam and clay.
With a “treatment nest” and a smaller “shower nest” both hanging from a 100-year-old banyan tree, The Nest at Indigo Pearl Phuket’s Coqoon Spa (indigo-pearl.com), by Thai-based designer Bill Bensley, is a contrast to the resort’s industrial-chic look. Influenced by the spherical home of the weaver bird, synthetic fibers wrapped around a steel frame create porous walls that seem to breathe, enveloping you as if you were a baby bird.
The Edge in Bali’s Uluwatu district (the-edgebali.com) offers a contrasting sense of sanctuary with cocooning, curving walls on one side and a bird’s eye panorama of the Indian Ocean on the other, in its single-room Spa. Dreamed up by Adria Lake of A.W.LAKE Spa Design & Concept, the spa’s short trip from the relaxation lounger to the treatment bed involves getting your feet wet: the floor of the treatment space is a shallow pool, bringing the feeling of the ocean inside and delightfully waking up all of your senses before the therapist has even started.