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ARCHITECT FOCUS


It’s so much better if you open the door or windows of a spa treatment room and see a beautiful landscape.


His introduction to spas came in 1993, when he was asked to design the first ever Mandara Spa at Chedi Toraja in Indonesia. “At the time, I had very little knowledge of the spa industry – few did. I had no personal experience of going to a spa and certainly no commercial idea because there was no pampering spa business model to follow in the hotel industry. My first reaction was curiosity, followed by instant attraction to the industry.” Gathy credits the Mandara project as being the start of his love affair with the spa industry. Now he’s addicted. “From a purely creative perspective, spas are very aesthetic. I love them because they give me the chance to exercise my creative side. “Projects where the outside of a building influences the feeling inside – as with a spa – are very interesting to design. It’s so much better if you open the door or windows of treatment rooms and


FUTURE PROJECTS


n Aman Vinh Hy (resort and spa), Vietnam, opening 2013 n Ancient Residential (Banyan Tree resort and spa), Shanghai, China, opening 2013 n Chedi Andermatt (resort and spa), Switzerland, opening 2013 n Palazzo Papadopoli (resort and spa), Venice, Italy, opening 2013 n Park Hyatt Sanya (resort and spa), Hainan Island, China, opening 2013 n Boutique resort in Randheli (standalone spa), Maldives, opening 2013 n Al Soda (resort and spa), Oman, opening 2014 n Amanoca (resort and spa), Brazil, opening 2014 n Armani Marrakech (resort and spa), Morocco, opening 2014 n Grand Hyatt Lijiang (resort and spa), China, opening 2014 . n Mayar Group’s Wellness Resort Gurgaon (standalone spa), India, opening 2014 n Herdade da Comporta development (resort and spa), Portugal, opening 2015


see a beautiful landscape. The topography and how the building sits within its site all play a part in how the inside of the spa is going to look and feel.”


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION I ask Gathy whether this is why location plays such an important part in determining which projects he takes on. “With destination spas, it’s always the site that inspires and guides me. When I arrive in a destination, something will always trigger my senses. Every time, I start with a white piece of paper and ask myself, ‘OK, what’s special about this site, this idea, this company’s values?’” As testament to this, Gathy explains that one of his favourite projects to work on in 2011, was the St Regis Lhasa Resort (Spa Business 1/2011 p56) with its Iridium-branded spa because of its location in Tibet. Standing 12,000ft


(3,658m) above sea level, the luxury 162-bedroom spa resort has awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan mountain range. And this year, Gathy is particularly excited about working with Indian spa operator the Mayar Group with plans to open at least one high-end destination spa, because it gives him the opportunity to spend time in India where wellness is a way of life. Talking to him, I suspect the cachet of working with certain companies also plays a part in which projects Gathy works on. As well as working for spa brands such as Mandarin Oriental and ESPA, his client list could be mistaken for Paris Fashion Week. His company is working on the first Armani Resort in Marrakech that’s due to open at the end of 2014 and on the first four Cheval Blanc hotels. Cheval Blanc is the hotel management arm of LVMH and each property will feature LVMH fashion-branded spas such as Givenchy and Guerlain.


n Gathy loves the mix of location and architecture at One&Only Reethi Rah


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