The Earth Spa by Six Senses Wins Top Design Awards
Bangkok, June 2006: The Earth Spa by Six Senses, at Evason Hideaway
Hua Hin, has been announced Winner in the Hotel or Day Spa Design
category at a ceremony in New York. The event was sponsored
by Hospitality Design Magazine. The Earth Spa by Six Senses also
received the Judges Award for Green Design.
Spa by Six Senses is unlike any other spa. It is made
entirely from a mixture of clay-like mud mixed with rice husks,
straw and other local materials, forming circular domed buildings
set over 1,386 square meters (14,920 square feet) of water
and landscaping. There are nine buildings in all, with the
tallest – the meditation cave - being 7.5 metres (24.5 feet)
high with 4.2 metres (13.8 feet) internal diameter. The walls
of the Earth Spa buildings are up to 80cm (31 inches) thick.
domes - which appear to be floating on water - are designed
with openings low to the outside, allowing refreshing breezes
and energy flows to enter the buildings.
Openings at the
top of each building provide natural ventilation. The complex
includes four treatment rooms with private outdoor Jacuzzi, two
steam rooms, the meditation cave, relaxing area offering fresh juices,
and the reception area.
Many of the ingredients
used in the treatments are grown right at the Evason Hideaway.
These include rice, coconut, avocado, papaya, lime, aloe vera, cucumber,
pandanus leaf, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, candlenut and turmeric;
and all freshly harvested. A complimenting menu of balanced cuisine
has being introduced to the Living Room at the Evason Hideaway.
Spa treatments may be followed with food prepared to further
enhance their benefits. For example, detoxifying treatments
that utilize ingredients in the Earth Spa’s skin food, will also
be incorporated in the Living Room lunch dishes.
concept of the Earth Spa came from the traditional construction
methods of rural villages in northern Thailand, where building
interiors remain at a comfortable temperature, even in summer.
Six Senses worked with one community, and a Feng Sui master
to design and adapt the classic forms to a spa function.
Building the clay
domes was the task of experts from Wongsanit Ashram’s Baan Din project
– a community based non-profit organization established in 1985
as an intentional community for simple living and for engaging in
social action and spiritual practice. Clay from nearby areas, plus
the labor of the local Pranburi people, made the revolutionary new-concept
spa a reality. The buildings are a design feature created by the
Six Senses project team in collaboration with Bangkok-based dwp
This spa project has achieved an holistic integration of green
design, aesthetics, involvement of local community and knowledge
transfer from one geographical region to another. The project
has also helped raise ecological awareness within the local community,
who have become very proud of these earth domes. The legacy has
also resulted in some of the local community adopting similar building
techniques for their own homes.
Six Senses Resorts & Spas
Six Senses is a
Resort and Spa Management and Development Company established
in 1995, which manages properties under the brand names Soneva,
Evason, Evason Hideaways and Six Senses Spas Soneva is committed
to offer luxuries of the highest international standard in an environment
that nurtures the indigenous feel in design, architecture and service;
fusing nature with guest experiences to create – Intelligent Luxury
Evason Hideaway identifies the boutique category of the Evason brand,
where attention to detail and focus on the reality of the destination
together with modern architecture support the theme – Innovative
Evason offers a greater number of accommodations than Evason Hideaways,
while maintaining individual design personalities, generous architectural
proportions and spirited guest experiences, supporting the theme
– Redefining Experiences Six Senses Spas, a key element of all Six
Senses properties, offer a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation
and beauty treatments for ‘Balancing Senses”, administered under
the guidance of expert therapists.
For further information please contact: Six Senses Resorts
& Spas Marketing Department [email protected]