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Asian Inspired Home Spas

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The sound of running water, river rocks, and split granite boulders for sink basins are all elements that bring tranquility to the home spa. When paired with simple lines, balance and harmony, an Asian-inspired sanctuary is born. For those looking to create the Zen bath suite there are a few design tips to keep in mind. First, blend plenty of natural woods, stone and metal to bring nature inside and abound. Secondly, look for bamboo bathroom furnishings such as shelves or storage boxes for added serenity.

Asian Home Spa by Troy Adams

Asian Home Spa by Troy Adams

Rock Border and Bamboo Flooring

Rock Border and Asian Flooring

Here we see a Asian Inspired Home Spa design by Troy Adams Design where a stainless steel soaking tub was placed on rocks, and then a teak bridge over a water-filled pond was created which leads to a glass-enclosed shower.

Yoko Suite Shower

Yoko Suite Shower

THG Yoko Suite

THG Yoko Suite

Yoko Vasque Detail

Yoko Vasque Detail

Inspired by the Japanese bath, this stunning but understated design merges Eastern tranquility with modern features.
Intricate details epitomize the Cristal de Lalique Bambou faucet. A carved bamboo pattern brings a touch of nature to the sleek design. The matte finish of the crystal handles contrasts beautifully with the polished surfaces of the chrome faucet. The slender tub filler anchors the faucet, its geometric lines softened by curved edges. Images provided by THG

Beautiful Home Spa with Steam Shower

Beautiful Home Spa with Steam Shower

Beautiful Home Spa

Beautiful Home Spa

Here is another design that uses more subtle Asian inspired elements to produce a soothing spa-like retreat. This minimalist and elegant bathroom suite was also designed by Troy Adams Design. The bathroom suite has a number of beautiful elements including a shower equipped with a rain shower in addition to a steam shower. The steam shower enclosure also has a top panel that can open to release steam after your steam shower.

Think East: The Asian Spa Revolution

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Gold Sauna Room

Gold Sauna Room

It was just over a year ago when I first went to Spa Castle, an Asian spa emporium in New York (nyspacastle.com). I’d heard about it for weeks from an enthusiastic friend who promised to take me on my first outing. You’d think she was making a commission the way she described it. So in my typical jaded fashion, I walked in, awaiting disappointment, mediocrity, and perhaps a whirlpool bath or two, when I saw the grandeur in front of me and never looked back. I was hooked.

Let the Asian spa revolution begin.

Cucumber Facial

Cucumber Facial

A surprising combination of typical Asian saunas and luxurious European spas, Spa Castle, and others like it (including Spa Castle’s branches in Dallas and the Poconos, and similar Los Angeles incarnations like Olympic Spa (olympicspala.com) offer a wonderful fusion of east and west, for a spa experience like you’ve never had before. And I don’t say that lightly. That’s because the Asian spa isn’t for everybody. Modesty must be checked at the door (along with your shoes and clothes, which are tucked away separately in neat locking compartments). Most spas issue robes or comfortable outfits to wear as you drift between saunas, pools, quiet meditation rooms, invigorating treatments, and the requisite restaurant (filled with Korean delicacies, and, of course, tea). Some, like Spa Castle, are co-ed, while L.A.’s Olympic Spa only allows women. But both offer relaxation like you could not imagine.

LED Sauna

LED Sauna

Saunas abound – that should be Spa Castle’s motto. With seven sauna rooms (ranging from the L.E.D. room that incorporates color therapy as a means of improving your mood, to the Iceland cold sauna room which improves blood circulation after being immersed in heat), there’s literally something for everyone. And at Olympic Spa, their carefully designed treatment areas leave you renewed, refreshed, and cleansed. From their Charcoal Therapy Room (where naturally formed stone emits oxygen, detoxifying the skin) to the warm mineral pool and oriental clay dry sauna, can you imagine a more rejuvenating and unique experience? And all for a flat day rate. That’s right – admission to the spas include access to all rooms, for nearly as long as you’d like. For anything extra (like massages, reflexology, shiatsu, and skin scrubs), you simply pay-per-treatment.

Different? Absolutely. Amazing? Without question. A day at an Asian spa is a wonderful and relaxing experience, and a fascinating look into spa fusion of the future.


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