June 3, 2021

10 Invigorating Health & Wellness Destinations

From social clubs to lounges to full-service spas, these health and wellness destinations call for pause.

1. Asaggio Conceives Boutique Wellness Hotel and Spa in Italy

At Forestis, a boutique wellness hotel and spa by Asaggio, a penthouse suite has its own private plunge pool. Photography by Patricia Parinejad.

2. Architect Vo Trong Nghia Shares Insight into his Environmentally-Friendly Bamboo Structures

Vo Trong Nghia was inspired by a nearby river when designing the undulating forms of the Huong An Vien Visiting House—a place for quiet meditation in a Hue cemetery. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

3. Gallery House, Bansberia, India by Abin Design Studio

The two-story facility by Abin Design Studio is a contemporary take on the terra-cotta facades of traditional Bengali temples. Photography by Edmund Sumner.

4. Brewin Design Office Transforms a Singapore Shophouse into The Yoga Conservation House

The second-floor yoga studio features rattan screens framed in timber, which serve as partitions to enclose the studio for privacy while inviting in natural light. Photography courtesy of Brewin Design Office.

5. Modern Ryokan Kishi-ke Provides Traditional Japanese Hospitality with a Modern Take

Kishike Co. Ltd CEO Nobuyuki Kishi embedded ancient principles of Japanese hospitality into a two-building retreat. Guests pass through a Zen garden en route from the reception building to the guest house. Photography by Hitomi Kishi. 

6. Waldkliniken Eisenberg in Germany by Matteo Thun & Partners

Surrounded by forest, Germany’s largest orthopedic center, designed by Matteo Thun & Partners, features local larch and oak for its facade and interiors, part of a “hospitecture” philosophy in which the aesthetics and comforts typical of hospitality projects are combined with the rigorous clinical requirements of a healthcare facility. Photography by Gionata Xerra.

7. Sensasia Stories Spa by Roar

To take guests on a journey of total body wellness via Asian sensibilities, Roar chose a restrained yet warm palette of granite, rose gold–finished stainless steel, and wooden tones. Photography by The Oculis Project.

8. Asthetíque Creates an Elevated Experience for iO Beauty Gallery in Moscow

Asthetíque traded bling for a more of-the-moment design to ensure that the salon and spa would be as calming and soothing as possible. Tracks for adjustable spotlights—a salon necessity—are recessed into the ceiling to lessen the system’s overall visual impact. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

9. Studio Gameiro Creates a Sultry Celebration of Portuguese Design with Members-Only Club in Lisbon

Studio Gameiro encapsulates the beauty of Portugal’s landscape for the social club. In the bathrooms, lighter raw terracotta pieces are predominantly placed on the walls while the darker glazed pieces populate the floors and sinks, highlighting the contrasts in the material. Photography courtesy of Studio Gameiro.

10. Garden Pavilion in Hong Kong by NC Design & Architecture 

When shoppers at a mall so luxe it’s confidential need a break from spending, they can refuel in this lounge by NC Design & Architecture— which offers concierge and coffee service, themed as a cocooning garden in a garden, detailed with raked plaster, oxidized brass, and marble. Photography by Harold de Puymorin.

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