Spring FootSpa wins in international magazine design award
6 March 2013
Spring FootSpa recognised in international magazine design award
Travel and Leisure magazine, internationally acknowledged as one of the most discerning luxury travel magazines in the world, has recognised New Zealand’s Spring FootSpa in its 2013 Design Awards. Spring was the only winner from Australasia.
The spa, which was designed by Derek Lockwood of Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide, opened last year to national and international acclaim. It was given an ‘Honourable Mention’ in the Design Awards - the only spa in the world to receive this recognition. Spring FootSpa has also previously been featured by international design websites such as Cool Hunter, Trend Hunter and The Denizen.
The description from Travel and Leisure magazine read:
“Pops of colour animate the predominantly neutral space of this Queenstown “social spa” for a fresh, lighthearted design and unmistakably vibrant atmosphere.”
The Les Bains de Lea Nuxe Spa in Bordeaux, France, won ‘Best Spa’ and was the only other spa recognised in the awards.
Owner Ina Bajaj says she’s delighted with the international recognition, which was announced in Travel and Leisure’s March issue.
“When the concept for Spring was developed, we wanted to create a spa that was entirely different to anything that already existed in the market globally,” says Bajaj. “But the competition was undoubtedly very tough and we’re delighted to receive world-class recognition for our world-class spa.”
“Spring is a social spa and the interior design reflects this; the spaces are open and our guests are encouraged to interact with one another and make use of our extensive entertainment facilities. We’re delighted that a magazine with an international reputation such as Travel and Leisure has recognised what we’re achieving here in New Zealand.”
Designer Derek Lockwood says: “Our concept was to deliver the idea of sociability inspired by nature. We are absolutely delighted that our work has not only resonated so well locally, but has also been recognised from so far afield as well.”
Based in the heart of Queenstown, Spring FootSpa is an innovative spa that offers a range of foot-focused mini-treatments alongside traditional spa-staples. Designed as a social experience, guests are encouraged to bring friends, chat to their neighbours or make use of the iPads and fully stocked iPods on hand.
Bajaj says Queenstown is the first in a network of Spring FootSpas worldwide. The design was created in a way that allowed it to be duplicated quickly, to allow for rapid global expansion. Each spa will carry similar design trademarks, but customised to suit its location and clientele.
Ina Bajaj also owns East Day Spa, which has locations in Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne. East Day Spa’s treatments combine a unique blend of ancient holistic healing and modern spa therapies – relaxing the body, calming the soul and clearing the mind. The brand also includes the luxury villa getaway East Residence and Spa in Bali, which boasts on-site spa staff, yoga classes and a gourmet chef for the ultimate rejuvenating Balinese getaway.
View the award here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tl-design-awards/15