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PRODUCTS | Spa bathrooms SPA DAYS


AT HOME


The Brook freestanding bath from Laufen is pictured in a clean and crisp white setting


he spa aesthetic has made a resurgence in bathrooms as people are aspiring to achieve the same level of well- ness and relaxation at home. One positive that has come out of the pandemic and its lockdowns is how they have encouraged more renovations as people want their living space to be more enjoyable. But with them being unable to book spa days or holidays, that type of relaxation has to come from within their home. The home spa is a luxury that many people are now trying to recreate.


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Roberto Heredia, export area manager for Acquabella, believes that part of this is because spa-like products are now entering the domestic market and luxury bathroom experiences are not just for commercial spaces. He says: “It has been much


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With hotels closed at the moment, many people are looking to recreate that spa experience at home. And let’s face it, with the increased awareness of hygiene, who is rushing back to sharing hot tubs or saunas with strangers? Vicki Evans explores wellness in the bathroom


easier for people to find what they were looking for in order to imitate what they find when they go on holiday, and to shape it as an idea and project for their own bathrooms.” Adding relaxation features to the bathroom and not making the space purely functional has been a trend for the past few years, says Yousef Mansuri, head of design at CP Hart. “People are much more aware of wellness products in the bathroom and are much more likely to introduce them into their homes,” Mansuri says. “Wanting to replicate a spa feel at home, particularly during times of anxiety, means many are now requesting showers that offer chromotherapy features, as well as steam and sauna rooms.”


Martin Carroll, MD of Duravit UK, likes the idea of creating a personal


and private sanctuary. He explains that customers are looking to public spas and hotels for inspiration, and then taking certain elements that they like and making the experience bespoke to them at home.


A spa design doesn’t necessarily have to have the whole shebang, but elements and design cues can be incorporated according to budget.


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Saunas and steam rooms have always been a key element of a luxury spa day. Yes, there are those who have the space and can afford to install a fully working steam and sauna room in


their home. But, even for


those that don’t have the room or the cash to spare, there are options that offer a similar experience.


Innovations over the past couple of


years have made this a reality for people on a tighter budget. Peter Vann, director of Ceramique Internatio- nale, says: “With a catalogue of innovative products, such as sleek linear drainage systems, sauna-style wet-room


benches and ‘hanging’


basins, creating a luxurious spa-like bathroom in the home is more realistic and practical than ever.”


Creating bespoke wet rooms with seating, or even just a large open showering space with a waterfall shower, is one way to give the feel of a luxury bathroom without the giant price tag of a sauna and steam room. Huge waterfall showerheads that give the user a more immersive showering experience are often a key aspect of a luxury bathroom. The Dornbracht Sensory Sky is a higher- end option but a standard rainfall


· March 2021


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