Wellness Design Trends in Spas

Wellness Design Trends in Spas

In the world of spas, a multi-dimensional approach to wellness has become the norm, one that addresses the mind, body and soul. Discerning spa-goers seek extensive treatment menus and cutting-edge facilities to enhance their mental and physical well-being. In this article, Ayuko Suzuki, director of Talise Spa at Jumeirah Al Qasr, tells us about the spa trends that are engaging all the senses.

Wellness design

Wellness design, also known as wellness architecture, revolves around positively influencing the individuals using a space. While a beautiful swimming pool and mood lighting may have sufficed in the past, today’s wellness seekers are more discerning and informed. With ongoing advancements in wellness technology, every aspect of wellness-oriented design must be carefully considered.


Self-care has taken center stage, with people prioritizing their well-being like never before and embracing a multifaceted approach. Activities like sleep optimization, biohacking, breathwork, fasting and ice baths have become a regular part of people’s routines, replacing traditional gym workouts. Consequently, venues offering wellness experiences must cater to this increasingly sophisticated consumer.

Connecting with nature

Connecting with nature remains a powerful trend in wellness design. As modern lifestyles limit opportunities for outdoor experiences, incorporating natural elements into spa design is essential. Designers are embracing biophilia, finding innovative ways to create a holistic connection to nature through sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. Elements like wood, stone and linen should take precedence. Furthermore, organic shapes, real plants and nature-inspired sounds should be central to the spa experience. Earthy tones, particularly “warm neutrals,” are favored in biophilic design for 2023, and even white can be used as long as it feels far from clinical and exudes softness.

Light therapy

Light therapy, known for its impact on emotions and well-being, is another key consideration in spa design. Lighting technology now allows for the emulation of daylight. Thus, people in regions with shorter daylight hours are turning to personal light therapies to combat seasonal mood swings. Therefore, spa design should involve a dedicated lighting designer to create the ideal mix of shades and brightness for each guest’s experience. Consequently, technology enables circadian rhythm-linked warm and cool lighting, matching natural light patterns and promoting relaxation. Personalization within wellness is a growing trend, so guests should have control over lighting in treatment areas whenever possible.

Sensory experiences

Sensory experiences beyond the visual realm are essential in spa design. Acoustics play a vital role in maintaining a sense of calm. With careful consideration of wall treatments and the use of sound masking technology to reduce reverberations. Scent is also a central element in creating an emotional and mood-controlling spa experience. This sensory architectural approach deepens guests’ interaction and connection with the space.

Air purification

Air purification is yet another critical factor in enhancing the overall guest experience. Spas should ensure that the space is designed for high-quality air, essential for cell rejuvenation. The inclusion of a halotherapy, or a salt wall room where guests can inhale pure salt substances in the air, should also be considered.

In summary, wellness design trends in spas should embrace a multi-dimensional approach, creating an unforgettable well-being experience that caters to the mind, body and soul. Spa experts and practitioners should adopt these approaches, engaging all the senses and accommodating the growing focus on self-care practices like sleep optimization, biohacking and breathwork. Furthermore, they should focus on integrating elements of nature (biophilia), advanced lighting technology and non-visual sensory experiences, such as acoustics and scents, to craft soothing and personalized spa environments that enhance guests’ overall well-being.

Ayuko Suzuki,
director of Talise Spa

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