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Latest Project: Hotel Verde

Our brief at the end of April 2023 was to create a sustainable spa within a boutique space that aligns with the ethos of Hotel Verde, recognized as the greenest hotel in Africa. The initial operational layout and design concept were meticulously crafted by myself in collaboration with Willeen from Ohkre Collective, a local interior architecture and design firm. Using predominantly curved walls, exquisite green stucco wall finishes, and curved arch retail shelves and reception desk, we aimed to emulate the organic shapes of nature. Since then, Mario and Annemarie have selected the tiles, finishes, and joinery.

Annemarie also curated all the loose furniture, small decor items, plants, and pictures. As the spa consultant, I aimed to ensure not only the functionality of the spa but also adherence to the hotel’s “green” philosophy. For our spa equipment, I opted for locally manufactured beach wood massage beds and trolleys, coated with Vo2 free varnish from The Spa Warehouse in Paarl. The loungers were locally crafted by a company in Cape Town, and all our towels and linen were sourced locally as well.

I developed a treatment menu comprising professional treatments exclusively using South African product ranges that are certified organic and natural, aligning with Verde Vita’s philosophy, which translates to “green life”. The selected ranges include Esse Skincare, Cashmere & Co., Matsimela, Biosculpture, and Sunskin.

The spa space features three private treatment rooms, one of which can be opened up to accommodate couples, an infrared cabin sauna for warming and detoxifying the body, a pedicure area, and the Breathing Room for post-treatment relaxation. Our spa staff, all locally trained professionals, wear uniforms designed in collaboration with a local designer from Cape Town. This ensures that our foreign guests can enjoy an authentic South African experience upon their arrival in our beautiful country.

This endeavor was truly a team effort!

The inauguration of Verde Vita Spa and Wellness Centre heralds a new chapter in the realm of eco-luxury travel. On November 21, 2023, Verde Vita welcomed its esteemed guests with an unparalleled level of success, marking a significant milestone for Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport. Renowned for its steadfast dedication to sustainability, the launch of Verde Vita underscores the hotel’s ongoing commitment to fostering a greener and more holistic environment.

Nestled within a lush oasis, Verde Vita offers guests a luxurious sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Originally conceived to cater to Hotel Verde’s discerning guests seeking respite after long flights, the spa initially began as a modest facility within the hotel premises. However, recognizing the growing demand, Hotel Verde embarked on a transformative journey to convert vacant office spaces into a grand spa facility. Collaborating with esteemed partners such as the local architectural firm Ohkre Collective, construction company Phase Three, sustainability consultant André Harms of Ecolution, and spa consultant Jacoline Wentzel of Spa Warehouse, Verde Vita was meticulously crafted to infuse sustainability into every aspect of its design and operation.

As a boutique spa, Verde Vita seamlessly integrates Hotel Verde’s core values, offering guests an immersive experience that combines sustainability with unparalleled comfort. Inspired by the organic shapes found in nature, the spa’s aesthetic features curved walls, green finishes, and meticulously curated design elements, reflecting Hotel Verde’s ethos of preserving the environment while delivering exceptional service.

The vision behind Verde Vita is emphasized by the meticulous selection of locally manufactured spa equipment and eco-friendly product ranges. With three exquisitely appointed treatment rooms named after flowering plants, Verde Vita caters to couples seeking intimate relaxation experiences. Moreover, the spa’s commitment to using environmentally friendly and sustainable products underscores its dedication to promoting a greener future.

Verde Vita Spa and Wellness Centre epitomizes Hotel Verde’s commitment to sustainable hospitality, offering guests a luxurious yet responsible travel experience. Positioned as Africa’s greenest hotel, Hotel Verde sets a benchmark for eco-friendly accommodation and amenities, including Verde Vita, which further enriches the hotel’s offerings.

Embrace the #VerdeVita way of life and immerse yourself in the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience. Stay updated on all the latest news and promotions by following Hotel Verde on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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