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Sustainable Spa Design – Noise Management

 The noise level of your space is important to understand.  To analyse and plan the noise distribution in your space is key. First understand what noise you will be dealing with in your area like traffic, a school next door etc. 

 

Make sure you know what time of the day a higher noise level is and from what direction is comes. There are various apps available on your phone that will help measure the decibels. You then will choose a barrier that will help to prevent the noise from traveling. 

 

TIP: Use the noise barrier like plants, walls and fencing closer to the source of the noise that closer to the building. 

 

When using barriers to prevent noise from travelling, use vegetation. The trick is to use as dense as possible, as big as possible and as high as possible. The denser it is the more it will prevent the noise to travel. 

Sound Insulation is especially important in a spa. Make sure insulation is around your pipes for instance to insulate the pipes and prevent the sound from traveling when flushing water. Also make sure windows, doors and closures close properly and prevent sound from coming through from the small areas. 

Make sure your noisy areas in your spa like hair salons, barber areas, reception area, nail area and pedicure stations are separated from your quiet areas like sleep rooms and massage treatment rooms. 

Conclusion

To achieve sustainable architecture and design in your spa, planning is key. The balance between design, wellbeing and the environment is the goal. When all is working in harmony with each other, we not only achieve an establishment that makes our clients happy, but also stimulates wellness and healing without having a detrimental impact on our environment. 

Warmest egards.
Jacoline

For Spa Design or Consulting email jacoline@thespawarehouse.co.za

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Private Collection

Sustainable Spa Design – Introducing our Private Collection

The essential style guide for your Spa & Wellness project. Photo credit: The Marly Spa, Cape Town, South Africa\

Natural Materials
The Spa Warehouse prides itself on its private collection of luxurious spa furniture, linen, and products that are all made in Africa. The collection is carefully curated to offer clients the ultimate spa experience, using only the highest quality materials and workmanship. From plush towels and robes to beautifully crafted massage tables and chairs, every item is designed to create a sense of relaxation and indulgence. The Spa Warehouse is committed to supporting local artisans and manufacturers, ensuring that each piece is not only luxurious but also sustainable and ethical.

Africa is one the continents that have the richest natural resources available. With still a vast number of various types of woods, stones, granite, coppers and sand available, we are fortunate that we can tap into natural materials to use as furniture, siding, surfaces and cladding in our spas.

Scarlet Treatment Bed

Our Scarlet Treatment bed is a solid wooden bed and is one of our most popular. With a modern, streamline design, this treatment bed is ideal for a modern spa design. It is durable and strong and can support a weight of up to 180kg. The Height is adjustable and the back rest has 3 positions. Mattress is 10cm think. Mattress cover is available. Our standard upholstery colour is off white. But other colours are available at additional cost.

Exclusive Clients:

12 Apostles
12 apostles
The Marly Spa
The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box
Poplar Spa

Chelsea Treatment Bed

Our Deluxe Storage solid wooden Treatment Bed has specifically designed for rooms in need of extra storage. Please note our new design has two drawers at the bottom instead of cupboard. With a modern, streamline design, this treatment bed is ideal for a modern spa design. It is durable and strong and can support a weight of up to 180kg. The Height is adjustable and the back rest has 3 positions. Mattress is 10cm think and covered with a off white upholstery. Mattress cover is available.

Exclusive Clients:

Heavenly Spa at The Westin Hotel
Lion Sands Sabi Sabi
Steenberg Spa

Savannah Treatment Bed

Our Deluxe Storage solid wooden Treatment Bed has specifically designed for rooms in need of extra storage. Please note our new design has two drawers at the bottom instead of cupboard. With a modern, streamline design, this treatment bed is ideal for a modern spa design. It is durable and strong and can support a weight of up to 180kg. The Height is adjustable and the back rest has 3 positions. Mattress is 10cm think and covered with a off white upholstery. Mattress cover is available.

Exclusive Clients:

The Silo Hotel
Bona Bona Game Lodge
Biutiful Aesthetic Clinic
Lady Loch Spa

Trolley Collection

Scarlet Spa Trolley

A very sturdy large 3 tier trolley. All three tears are suitable for large spa products and towel storage. The top tear is strong enough to host a spa treatment machine.  Available in Natural, Dark wood finish, Walnut med brown (see image) or white. 

Dimensions: D 43cm  x W 71cmm  x H 90cmm 

Chelsea Spa Trolley

An elegant smaller trolley ideal for smaller rooms. Two tear with a lockable draw. Top tear  is covered on 3 sides by a railing that stops spaproducts from falling off.  Available in Natural, Dark wood finish, Walnut, med brown (see image) or white.

Dimensions: L 36cm x W 50cm x H 91 cm

Fynbos Spa Product Collection

Cashmere & Co is a proudly South African lifestyle product brand that will leave your skin as soft as cashmere. Cashmere & Co is a fusion of historic knowledge, quality ingredients and modern sustainable practices coming together in a luxurious lifestyle collection suitable to use in your spa or at home. The concept was created by Miss Jacoline Wentzel, one of the leading spa consultants & designers in South Africa and owner of The Spa Warehouse.

Contact us for pricing or more information.

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Sustainable Spa Design – Be Water Wise

To be LEED certified (which is the international green building certification) you need to achieve 20% savings on water use, compared to the baseline of a usual building. 

Baseline water usage for regular used equipment indoors:

Shower                             9.5L / minutes

Toilet                                 6L / flush

Urinals                              3.8L/ flush 

Public Faucet                 1.9L/ min 

Kitchen Sink / basin    8.3L / min

 

Some ideas to reduce water usage by 20% in your spa:

  • Catch rainwater and grey water (showers/washing hand sinks) in tanks and use to flush toilets and irrigation of landscapes
  • Look out for Energy Star accredited hardware like taps, shower heads etc. that is more water efficient. Make sure they are 20% more efficient than the above listed base line. 
  • Use energy efficient washing machines for towels and linen. 
  • Use skin and body products that uses less water and steam during treatments and rather use hot compresses and dissolvable exfoliators that is just as effective. 
  • Maintain your water outlets regularly. Leaking taps and broken faucets and valves can often cause water leakage that increases cost quickly. 
  • Use sensors in public bathroom areas on switch taps on and off. This will prevent tap from releasing water when no one is there anymore. 
  • Use dual flush toilets, so that less water can be used when only urination is performed. 
  • Use air rated shower heads for a low flowing shower head but that still produces enough water for a comfortable shower. 
  • Use only eco friendly products in showers and at hand basins so that the water can be captured and used in your garden. 
  • Educate, educate, educate. Education of your staff and guest regarding the value of water is by far the most important part of keeping your water usage down. Eg. Place signage around your spa at water points, asking them to be more mindful of their water use. 

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Sustainable Spa Design – Landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is when you consider the whole environment around your project, with the goal to reduce your negative environmental impact, while including features that are beneficial to the natural world and beautiful at the same time. 

Aspects to consider for sustainable landscaping:

  1. Don’t disturb what you don’t have to. Leave trees, plants and rocks where possible to prevent disturbance of the eco system. 
  2. Plan well taking in consideration sun, shade and wind climate of the area
  3. Analyse and improve your soil quality with natural fertilisers
  4. Use indigenous water wise plants to reduce your footprint. Refer to the internet or your local authority to get a list of local plants. 
  5. Plant edible fruit trees like lemons, that can again we used in the spa to flavour your water offerings. Have a herb and vegetable garden, where you can grow the likes of mint, cucumbers, strawberries and blueberry’s to use in your spa cuisine and flavoured teas. 
  6. Appropriate use of grass & lawn areas to break up planted areas. It cools down a space by absorbing sunlight and preventing harsh reflection. 
  7. Make sure you have efficient irrigation and use preferrable a drip system, that can be set according to the water need of each plant. 
  8. Use mulch around large trees to help retain water around the roots. 
  9. Use organic fertilisers and grey water to sustain your landscaping. 
  10. Maintenance of your landscaped area is key. Keep checking taps, irrigation system, dams, ponds etc for any leaks and prevent water wastage.

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Outdoor Spaces

Sustainable Spa Design – Outdoor Spaces

In Africa, we have a rich plant and outdoor environment. From desert sands to tropical palm trees to expansive lakes and coast lines, we are privileged to be surrounded by exceptional natural scenes that many books has been published about. 

It is our responsibility to utilise this exceptional beauty as part of our guest’s wellness journey. Think rooftop decks & terraces to view the sunrise or sunsets, community outdoor spaces to perform group activities like yoga, meditation, and relaxation in, natural rock pools for hydrotherapy and wandering footpaths for silent meandering. 

In these areas you need to focus on using natural materials like wood, copper, eco friendly outdoor furniture and as little plastic as possible. 

Roof top Terrace with relaxation lounge for sunset viewing and jacuzzi.

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Latest Trends in Sustainable Spa Design – Natural Light

Ever since a “green” spa philosophy was pioneered by Mexico’s Rancho La Puerta in the 1940s, the connection between wellness and sustainability has become an intricate aspect to consider when designing a spa. As a spa designer and consultant working currently on projects in Africa and Mauritius, sustainable spa design has now become more of a responsibility rather than a trend for me and for spa owners I consult to. 

With eco friendly spa practices, our spa guests have become more savvy educated consumers and understand the relationship between wellness and social and environmental health more so than ever. It is a known fact that the savvy guest understands that their environment they spend time in has a huge impact on their wellness overall. As one of the leading wellness ambassadors, the spa industry, it is our responsibility to produce spaces that induce wellness while treading lightly on this earth. 

When designing a spa here natural light is an important factor to consider:

13-26% of all energy used in a building is from our light sources. To improve this and save on this cost in the long run, natural light from the sun and the impact it has on the space, should be made a priority when designing a wellness space. 

Natural Light, abundantly found in Africa, has extensive wellness benefits to the body. Various studies have shown that it strengthens the Circadian Rhythms, which in turn improves sleep patterns and reduces stress, it decreases healing time, it allows staff to be more productive, decreases lethargy, increases sales in a retail space as products look more attractive in natural light all while decreases energy cost of your building. 

Yoga Area at Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs, California

Throughout your space focus on “light collectors” that will allow light in but be mindful allowing in too much glare. A few “light collectors to consider are Atriums for public spaces, reflection panels over windows that receive direct sunlight, clerestory windows, round shaped roofs, skylights, light tunnels and horizontal reflective panels. 

A great example of clerestory windows to allow in natural light.

Contact us for any design and consulting services for your spa experience.

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