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There’s So Much More To Saunas

aunas have, for many years, been thought of as a pine clad box abandoned in the garage or a treatment option at a health club or spa but despite still being very much a niche sector, industry data shows that the growth in saunas in the UK is easily outpacing that of pools and spas. It would seem perceptions have changed and manufacturers and suppliers are responding with new products and materials for a sector that is very much heating up.



Sales Director of Dalesauna, Gerard McCarthy: “Saunas have come a long way since Dalesauna launched some 40 years ago. No longer just a pine box squeezed in the basement of a home or perched at the side of a public pool, today’s saunas come in a wide range of sizes, designs and finishes. “The company have likewise evolved to keep pace with changing demands and today are asked to create saunas to suit any shape or size, in a range of finishes from pine and cedar to hemlock and obeche. “What hasn’t changed in all this time, however, is the sauna’s starring role in thermal heat experiences – it is still the starting point for most, if not all, thermal spas, both residential and commercial. But it’s in the residential sector that we are seeing a real upturn.”

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of wellbeing than ever before and as such are increasingly investing in relaxation zones in their homes. Saunas remain at the heart of these spaces and clients are personalising them with the latest technology and features from infrared panels and pop-up back rests to multicolour sensory lighting and sound systems. Dalesauna are currently working on one of London’s most exclusive residential developments. Located opposite Kensington Palace Gardens in London, De Vere Gardens is a collection of 97 luxury apartments designed by David Chipperfield Architects and delivered by Sir Robert McAlpine.

The development includes an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, health spa and treatment rooms. The company worked with the architects to design a highly bespoke sauna for the scheme. Quality of design and

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Prestige Saunas, the use of glass by Kung

Saunas now brings the sauna from an object hidden away to the

focal point of the room

Once an experience to be enjoyed either abroad or by visiting a leisure club, spa or hotel, it seems that for many, the temptation to invest in a sauna for commercial and increasingly domestic settings is now proving irresistible. We take a look at new designs and the latest technology in this hot sector

By Andrea Hartshorne

attention to detail were absolutely critical for this lavish development. The sauna is therefore constructed in lime and obeche, and features a distinctive ‘corrugated’ interior detail, along with a bespoke bench profile and a marble skirting.


Dalesauna are currently working on one of London’s most exclusive residential developments at De Vere Gardens in London

Barrello outdoor saunas have been busy with a marked increase in the outdoor sauna market this year in both domestic settings and commercially. With a predicted arctic freeze about to hit, it is the perfect time to be enjoying sauna as in its Scandinavian roots. Outdoor sauna is on a different level to any rival setting, the crisp fresh air contrasting the soothing warmth of the sauna brings the outdoors truly to life. An experience they are constantly reminded of by their customers: “It’s such a magical experience it’s impossible to capture with words.” On a clear, frosty, starlit night, there isn’t a more satisfying way to end the day. An increased demand for the Barrello in remote locations has seen the design and creation of Barrello wood burning sauna heaters. Synonymous with the quality and attention to detail that Barrello is renowned for. These new heaters will become available in the New Year.

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