Do yourself a favour by arriving at least 30 minutes before your treatment. This allows you time to change into your warm, cosy cotton robe and slippers, and soak up the atmosphere. Clever use of glass, cream granite, and earthy textures and tones carry the African motif from the hotel through to the spa, blending the two spaces together seamlessly. In each treatment room, locally crafted Himalayan crystal salt chandeliers have been installed to purify the air, while the subtle use of wood, copper, and water combine to lull your senses.
Kim Schickerling, who assisted Stephen Falcke on the project, elaborated on the thinking behind the redesign. “I wanted to carry through the African theme that is evident in the main hotel and add a contemporary edge to the overall look and feel to create a fresh look that is very popular with spa designs today. The space was a whole redesign based the new Saxon Spa offering.”
The treatment rooms are accessed via a central relaxation chamber, away from the reception area and restaurant, allowing you to recline with a cup of green tea and home-baked cookies either before or after your session in undisturbed peace. My friendly and attentive therapist, Angela, ushered me into my private treatment room for the Saxon Himalayan Signature Journey, one of the treatments available as part of the new spa offering.