the Best Spa Design at Ritz-Carlton

by Leona Liu on Oct 6, 2015 in Lifestyle
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Vitality pool

Vitality pool

Awarded “Best Spa Design of the Year” at the 6th SpaChina Awards, the design of ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau reflects the city’s unique colonial past.

The ten stylish treatment rooms are inspired by elements of Chinese and Portuguese design, creating a luxurious setting with the emphasis on relaxation and privacy.

The pools make a stunning impression with their breathtaking use of natural materials and cleverly planned layouts. Huge slabs of book-matched, dramatically veined black and white stone extend from the ceiling down to the water level. Submerged below water, black stone extends from the floor of the deeper pool to the steps leading up to a shallower reflection pool.This leads up to a black stone bench fitted with lush, upholstered cushions.

The Ritz-Carlton Macau_ESPA_Couples Treatment Room

Infusing elements of rooted in traditional Chinese and Portuguese architecture, the spa treatment rooms reflect the unique character of Macau.

The vanity counters have been crafted from slabs of creamy jade onyx, while walls are lined with stitched silk in a fresh green hue, and the beds are adorned with runners decorated with tassels in richer tones. A floor-to-ceiling mural is formed from traditional hand-painted Azulejo tiles of blue and white floral patterns. Pale oak floors and discreetly filtered sunlight builds the feeling of airiness and serenity. Indirect lighting reflects the gold-leafed ceiling coffer to cast a soft glow.

ESPA - Relaxation Room

Relaxation Room

The arrival lounge is inspired by tawny colored crystal rock formations. The palette has a warm glow with tan leather on reception stations, upholstery in golden and coral tones, creamy Calcutta marble floors and antique glazed mirrors that clad octagonal support columns. The dimly lit relaxation and reflexology zones are spaces designed especially for resting post-treatment as well as foot rituals. Screens are adorned with traditional birdcage motives and provide privacy during reflexology therapies, while sepia-toned wall coverings hand-painted with delicate tree branches and birds create a quiet backdrop for relaxation beds.

ESPA - Ice Fountain

The interior features a balanced use of natural materials such as dark timber, oak, and onyx, and use different illumination techniques

Lighting plays a key part in creating a relaxing environment. Diffused lighting from behind the drop ceiling bounces of the water surfaces as well as the black mirrored walls to cast dancing reflections onto the faceted panels overhead. Anchored to these ceiling panels are a group of chairs hung over the pools so that guests can appear to be effortlessly floating above water in a state of calm tranquility. Illuminated by a contemporary grey capiz shell chandelier is an exquisite ice fountain crafted to look like a 19th century Qing Dynasty cloisonné lotus bowl. The tiling extends to the celling so that the entire space glistens.

The Ritz-Carlton Macau_ESPA Details_2

Semi-precious stones and fiber optic lights are embedded in walls covered with pearlescent mosaics.



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