Spa Designs Around the World

Ahhh, who doesn’t like a day at the spa? While spas offer patrons the chance to escape and experience utter bliss with a utopia-like atmosphere, aesthetically, spas offer more than basic relaxation and practicality. In fact, a spa design concept begins and ends with the notion of promoting general well-being.

The best spa designs around the world enhance and benefit physical, emotional and mental states. But how exactly can a spa design concept accomplish such a feat?

A Mainstream Industry Rooted in Culture

When taking a look at current trends in spas designs around the world, it helps to view design concepts from a historical perspective.

Here’s a fun fact: The word “spa” is actually an acronym from the Latin phrase ‘Salus per Aquam,’ which means ‘Health from Water.’

Historically, spas were naturally forming water springs that were used to aid in the healing process. Some of the oldest references of spas are found to be dated back to 370 B.C. In all that time, spas have not lost their fundamental purpose of promoting holistic medicine and wellbeing.

Fast forward 2000 years, spas are at the forefront of the holistic health and wellness movement. And spa design concepts seem to embody the assertion that nature heals.

Spa Designs Around the World

If spas are developed as wellness centers, architecture and design also enhance this setting through the use of clean lines, warm color palettes, and geometrical shapes often found in nature. Some of the most notable designs in the spa industry indicate just how entrenched ‘natural healing’ concepts have been incorporated.

In order for the spa guest to have an instant feeling of relaxation, they need to step into a harmonious space. In linking all senses, décor, color, sounds and scents each play their own role in telling the story of the spa and help to set the ambiance and experience.

From spa design concepts that enhance their natural environment to quiet havens in bustling cities, these designs are some of the most prolific within the spa industry.


Arclin TFL’s Cognac and Alabama Cherry look modern and clean when paired with white.

Victorian Architecture

Paying homage to ancient Rome and even taking elements from the ancient Egyptians, Victorian Architecture is both grand and eclectic. Its use for practicality is minimal, favoring beauty instead. For spas, elements of wood and stone are often used. Ancient Roman baths are considered the cornerstone of these spa settings. Asymmetrical lines and ornate accents are emphasized to promote grandeur while still remaining humble in other aspects.

Taking a look at St. Pancras Spa at the Renaissance Hotel in London, these design concepts are incorporated and anything but subtle. For color, a peacock theme and colored accents establish notions and motifs of eternal life and rejuvenation.

Nature as Inspiration

Other spa design concepts utilize nature as continued inspiration. In mimicking the environment from which they derived, these spas exemplify elements of their surroundings and usually remain minimalistic. Focal points are live plants, enhancing the spas restorative journey. In addition, warm woods and neutral linens are used. Bamboo, similarly, sets a tone for Eastern-inspired spa designs.

The Aman Spa located in Canyon Point, Utah is a beautiful design inspired by its natural surroundings. The region’s ancient Navajo landscapes stay firmly in place as the focal point of the spa design concept. The architecture is bold, albeit simplistic, and properly juxtaposes the smooth curves of the background while upholding the elegance of modern spas.

Modern & Worldly Elements

Spa Design with Calm Horizon by Arclin TFL
This eclectic, modern spa design can be replicated with Arclin TFL’s rustic weathered Calm Horizon, which has great fidelity and color. See Calm Horizon here. HR Maple is also a classic choice that allows design elements, like these teal built-ins, to pop.


Uniquely designed spaces often incorporate a multitude of design concepts. Some select from modern or contemporary details, such as geometric lines, neutral tones, and bold pieces. Worldly aesthetics can include inspiration from various areas around the globe or region-specific accents. For instance, beach themes can be inspired by Thailand and the Asia Pacific, Caribbean roots or South American heritage.

Galgorm Resort & Spa located in Ballymena, Northern Ireland is a breathtaking spa design combining elements of various design aesthetics. Outwardly facing, dark woods and exposed weather bricks make up much of the façade. Inside, comfortable hanging pod chairs and pendant lights, plus adornments of vibrant colors, create an uplifting atmosphere while still remaining comforting and relaxing.

Arclin Design for Natural Accents

Arclin’s decorative TFL overlays are the perfect backdrop or complement to many furniture choices or design highlights in a spa environment. Why TFL? Our environmentally-friendly products provide easy maintenance that makes them at home in any space and our broad range of palettes ensures TFL fits beautifully in luxury-minded designs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with upcoming spa designs.