How spa design can ensure the right first impression
Spa guests expect a spa to promote a general sense of well-being. When entering a spa they want to immediately feel at ease. Their spa escape can only be gratifying when they feel safe. There are a lot of things to consider when designing a spa such as the colours, entrance experience, spa room decoration and lightning, but also the flow from the busy reception area, to the peace of a treatment room.
The key to the guest’s satisfaction lies in a spa design solution that takes into account form, flow and function of the whole spa environment, everything from the layout of the entrance, to the design of a spa room.
The variables of the exterior and interior design for spa
There is in essence two things one need to consider regarding the exterior and interior design for a spa:
- Form: How the spa interior and exterior look
- Flow/Function: How the design of the spa interior and exterior work
With only one, the other can’t reach its full potential, where they need to be in harmony with, and complement each other. If something doesn’t look attractive and inviting, a lot of potential customers will be lost. Because, in the end: “the exterior gives the interior a chance”.
Meanwhile, if the look of the spa is out of this world, but the general logistics of the layout is confusing, it might take away from the general spa experience for your clients. Here’s a more in-depth explanation about what role form, flow and function play in the design of the spa interior and exterior:
In order for the spa guest to have an instant feeling of relaxation they need to step into a space that is harmonious in all its aspects. Decor, colour, music and scent each play their part in telling the story of the spa and help set the mood and determine the experience. A cohesive style that affects everything from the colour of the walls to the colour of the towels and style of furniture needs to remain consistent throughout the spa experience, no matter if it is contemporary or traditional. A spa Consultant from Raison d’Etre will help you create a spa concept that helps to tell the story of the spa and give direction for architects and interior designers to create a harmonious environment.
Lighting also plays an important role in spa design and will determine the mood of each individual area. In the reception the lighting needs to be good enough for guests to read the spa menu, but in a treatment room, direct bright lighting onto the treatment table would have an adverse effect on the guest experience. Therefore it is important to invest in professional lighting options right from the onset of design.
Flow and Function
It is not enough for a luxury spa design to only look good; it also has to work with a logical layout. Guests need to flow easily from busy to active to quiet areas of the spa, without too much disruption between the areas. A gym would for example usually not be placed right next to the treatment rooms.
It’s also important to consider the operational aspects of the spa such as staff and storage areas. A large spa will use a lot of towels and bathrobes, which will need to be shifted throughout the spa without little disturbance to the guests. Staff will need to have quick and easy access to supplies, products and equipment as the time between treatments can sometimes be short.
The flow and function of the spa, even the parts the guest does not see, will all influence the first impression the guest will have of their stay.
Why spa room decoration is so important
As mentioned before: “The exterior gives the interior a chance”, but for the exterior to matter, the interior needs to be just as nice. The design of the facade invites the clients, while the spa room decoration and your services make them return.
The spa interior and spa exterior are both equally important and, we can’t stress it enough, need to be in harmony with each other.
Need help with the design of your spa interior and/or exterior?
Contact Raison d’Etre today. Our role as spa consultant is to ensure that the look of the spa is supported by a setup that works to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your operation. We help you with everything from the design of spa rooms, to interior lightning, and everything in between and around the interior design for a spa.