Sparcstudio completes Aqua Sana Elveden Forest

Sparcstudio has worked alongside Center Parcs own spa experts to help create and design the new ‘Forest Spa’ concept for Center Parcs. This is the fourth ‘Forest Spa’ concept to launch, designed by the team…

outdoor swimming pool surrounded by rooms and foliage at Aqua Sana Elveden Forest spa

Following a £6.5 million investment and a large-scale re-development project, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest has finally and fully opened to guests. The spa, which has undergone the biggest refurbishment in Aqua Sana’s history, has been completely transformed by Sparcstudio into a multi-sensory forest escape  – inspired by natural environments, from volcanos and hot springs to forest glades and mineral caves.

volcanic steam room with curved seating and low lighting in the spa at center parcs

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“As designers we welcome the opportunity to evolve the design with fresh new concepts and experiences which are unique to each site and give a ‘sense of place’,” said Neil Fairplay, Director, Sparcstudio.

The spa, which has undergone the biggest refurbishment in Aqua Sana’s history, has completely transformed into a multi-sensory forest escape – inspired by natural environments, from volcanos and hot springs to forest glades and mineral caves. Aqua Sana Elveden Forest boasts a large range of steam rooms and saunas, a heated outdoor pool, an ice cave and a selection of relaxation rooms. The spa has also introduced three new experiences, which are exclusive to Aqua Sana Elveden Forest – The Nest, Sole Therapy and Forest View.

atmospheric lighting in the nest in the spa with hanging basket chairs for guests

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“The concept behind the project was to create a forest inspired spa journey with each thermal forest zone inspired by different geological and geographical locations,” explained Fairplay. “For example, there is a cold Nordic Forest, Japanese Onsen inspired Hot Springs to the Volcanic Forest, all designed to encourage spa guests to enjoy a different experience each time they visit.”

wooden spa sauna recliners under curved roof with view outdoors

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The Nest sauna space reflects the forest canopy and the feeling of being in a nest. Surrounded by natural cedar wood, guests can recline on a body contoured lounger as they look out above the treetops at the natural woodland. “One of the most unique features is The Nest, a bespoke designed panoramic sauna which has seven individual, semi reclined wooden loungers all orientated towards a large picture window providing first floor views across the forest,” continued Fairplay.

zen inspired design in natural timber in the sole therapy room at Elveden Forest Aqua Sana

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The ground floor of the spa houses the majority of thermal experiences, with Sole Therapy foot spa bathing at the entrance, a large outdoor ‘forest bathing’ pool in the central double height space which is open to the elements and access to the Hot Springs Garden, the Japanese tranquility garden with hot tubs and Nordic Garden with Snug room. The first floor is focused on rest, mediation, sleep, relaxation and treetop views and vistas of the forest.

outdoor wooden hot tubs surrounded by trees

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Inspired by Ashiyu Japanese foot baths, Sole Therapy includes free-flowing water to stimulate reflex zones on the bottom of the feet, which calms the body and prepares the mind for relaxation. Surrounded by natural daylight and natural forest sounds, it’s the perfect way to begin your spa journey. Forest View is an immersive spa experience, offering guests a unique journey for meditation as they observe a scene slowly transitioning through all four seasons of the year, while surrounded by aromatic scents of the woodlands.

blue atmospheric lighting in spa ice cave

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The spa is split across five ‘zones’ – Nordic Forest, Hot Springs, Volcanic Forest, Forest Immersion and Treetop Nesting – each designed to improve mental and physical wellbeing, taking inspiration from the sights, sounds and scents of the natural world.

In addition to the transformation of the spa, Vitalé Café Bar has received a £1.2m investment to give it a complete redesign, bringing the outside in with decorative foliage large windows that allow in natural daylight while overlooking the woodland setting.

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