Behold, the ultimate inspiration for your New Year spa makeover.
After the chaos of the past two years, spas and resorts are set to receive an influx of new clients looking to unwind and rejuvenate. According to the Wellness Tourism Industry Statistics 2021, the global wellness tourism market, which was sitting at at $735.8 billion in 2020, is set to reach $919 billion in 2022. By 2027, its value is predicted to hit $1.2 trillion.
According to new Meta (aka the company that owns Facebook and Instagram) research, 83 per cent of Instagram users discover new products, services and businesses on the platform. So it helps if you have an aesthetically pleasing space and decor to be sharing on your socials. The more eye-catching, the more it will get shared – and the more it will be photographed and shared by influencers, too!
The bottom line: if you’ve been thinking of restyling your spa or giving it a complete makeover, there has never been a better time.
To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up the most picturesque, Instagrammable spas and resorts in Australia and around the world. Inspiration awaits…
Sense of Self, Melbourne, Australia
The bath house is back, and Sense of Self has mastered the art of mixing traditional aspects with the modern. The chic industrial structure is softened with aqua tiles, brushed gold fittings and an abundance of plants (one of the simplest and most effective ways to spice up your space!).
Akasha Wellbeing at Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hello luxury! Perfecting the blend of architecture and wellness, with marble accents, contrasting shapes and soft LED lighting that works to highlight the beauty of the space itself – no embellishment needed.
Amanemu Resort, Shimu, Japan
Rethinking traditional Japanese bath house architecture, Amanemu features a minimalist interior with large, light-filled rooms, slate grey accents and misty outdoor onsens that capture the ambience of the wellness experience.
Dior Institut at Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
Searching for that je ne sais quoi? Let this luxurious Parisian spa be your inspiration. The space boasts fashion house Dior’s iconic elegance and grace, finished with a radiant, bright palette and tonal accents. It really is the epitome of French beauty.
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken, Switzerland
This luxurious resort takes styling and design notes from around the world, with Japanese-inspired natural bamboo and cream walls, a boudoir-style wellness that takes cues from 1940s French architecture, and an outdoor bathing space complete with breathtaking views.
Southern Eco Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Eco Lodge offers a lesson in the importance of natural lighting. Complete with timber floors and furnishings, natural stone walls and an abundance of sunlight with uninterrupted sea views, it is the epitome of sustainable luxury.
Aman Spa at Amangiri Resort, Utah, USA
Amangiri is contemporary beauty personified, boasting a modern concrete structure offset by wooden accents and desert hues that melt into the surrounding landscape. Again, this resort exemplifies the benefits of minimalism, especially when working with outdoor spaces.
Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
There is no level of luxury quite like that found in Dubai, and the Talise Spa (nestled in the city’s most iconic beauty) ups the game once more. This spa makes a case for adding lots of colour, from the tiles to the upholstery — even the roof and walls. Combining bold palettes and patterns with middle eastern architecture, the Talise Spa is a lesson in styling maximalism.
Main image credit: @haaaaco321 via @burjalarab
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