It’s mid April and although Spring officially began a few weeks ago, Chicago’s weather didn’t get the message.  We woke up to snow this morning and it’s making me wish more and more for warm, sunny days and time spent outside.  Here are some beautiful outdoor spa spaces  to get my mind off our wintery morning, and to inspire your dream spa.

The Nusa Dua Westin Resort in Bali outdoor massage pagodas.  The warm orange massage bedding really adds drama to this already beautiful space.

The Mykonos Grand in Greece at sunset.

This massage room at the Four Season Koh Samui in Thailand blends nature with their interior with tall open windows overlooking the forest.  The combination leaves the space feeling private and warm, while still having the airiness of the outdoors.

I couldn’t help but share this beautiful outdoor bath at the Madikwe Hills Private Lodge in Africa.  Kick back, relax, and wait for an elephant to stroll by!

Meditation space at the Blue Palace Elouda Spa in Crete, Greece.

I also had to share this amazing lounge area at the Blue Palace in Crete.  Such a striking architectural space, you’ll feel like you’re sipping wine with the gods at this Grecian retreat.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Spa Style!  

Masahiro Miyasaka

Wishing you joy, peace, and prosperity in the New Year!

Michele, Valerie, Georgia, Scott, Amy, and Dana

Dazzle your spa guests this holiday season with thoughtful additions to your decor.  These cozy details will keep your customers coming back, even after the stockings and trees have been packed away!


Invite lounging guests to kick their feet up and relax with a bold patterened ottoman.  It’s a simple and afforadable way to add seating, color, and interest to your space. 

Cloud Nine Throw

It’s that time of year when a cozy throw and a hot cup of tea can make even the coldest day feel cheery and warm.  Pamper yourself and your guests to a fluffy, warm throw to snuggle up with.


 Add soft touches of color and texture with pillows.  A mixture of patterns, solids  and  stripes give a luxurious and balanced look.

Holiday Inspiration:

Get inspired with these beautiful spa spaces…

The lounge room of the Dolder Grand Spa in Zurich


Soaking up the serenity ::  Soaking tubs face a stone wall with cutouts gazing into the frosted forest outside.


The Dolder Grand’s modern indoor pool.


:: Recipes ::

Warm up with Mulled Apple Cider

What you’ll need:

1 Gallon fresh cider
1 tsp whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole allspice
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 square of cheesecloth or a  coffee filter
large stock pot or crock pot

1. Pour one gallon of fresh cider into a large pot on the stove or into a crockpot or slow cooker.

2. Add a half cup of brown sugar.

3. Place 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, 1 teaspoon of whole allspice, and 3 cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth or coffee filter and tie up. Add to the pot.

4. Heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Leave the pot uncovered so that you and your family or guests can enjoy the warm, delicious aroma.

5. Once the cider boils, lower the setting to simmer for at least another 15 minutes to allow for thorough infusion of the spices. Stir occasionally.

6. Remove the spices from the pot and ladle hot mulled cider into mugs.  Sip, relax, and enjoy!




It’s the high season for nail salons!  Make your nail spa stand out from the pack with unique finishes and fixtures.   Check out some of our favorite inspirational spaces below!

Charles Worthington Manicure Area

Sleek stainless steel counters are easy to take care of and make this manicure area super modern.  Make your nail polish a focal point with a glowing back-lit panel.  Mirrors help to make this small space feel open.   A tall vase with green grass keeps it fresh.

Le Creme Spa Manicure Polish Display

This quirky shabby chic nail spa uses a long table to display their nail polish.   White washed walls and a sky blue floor leave this room feeling open and airy.

The Intercontinental Spa San Francisco

The Intercontinental combined light woods, glimmering glass tiles, and clean white in their San Francisco spa.  The result is cool and clean but still comfy cozy.

Mandara Spa Pedicure Lounge

Don’t have alot of space for your pedicure area?

Turn any corner into a mini retreat with portable pedicure bowls and a comfy lounge chair.

Sophie Pedicure

Add some glam to your nail salon with a customized pedicure unit!

Sleek and contemporary with touches of baroque, black is definately back.  Softer and more sophisticated, today’s black has hints of aubergine, olive and chocolate hues.  In direct contrast from the past’s trendy white spaces, bold black makes a strong dramatic statement and offers extravagance and theatrics for a devine spa experience.

Vamp Flooring by Amtico

Today’s black is all about high constrast and lots of darkness.  Interesting lighting is the single most important detail for creating an alluring and comfortable spa environment when designing with black.

Soothing and tranquil, charcoal and ebony create the framework for a renewed water experience.  The Bathhouse is one of my favorate spa escapes!

This is definately NOT your basic black!  Award wining Globe Salon in Las Vegas does black right. 

Caviar Cluster Chandelier

A beautiful chandelier, pendant, or wall sconce adds opulence to a dark space.  The new Caviar Cluster chandelier is the perfect compliment.

Pinstripe Pendant

For classic, refined style look to the Pinstripe Collection.

Stella Wall Sconce

Modern lines are paired with organic iron flowers in the Stella wall sconce.

Welcome back black!


Help your guests sink into a deeper state of relaxation with details that inspire comfort and transformation.  Accessorizing is one of the most important elements in a treatment room.  Simple or even elaborate, meaningful pieces will help your guests connect to the space.

Tip #1.  Find an empty corner.  An oversized urn next to a plentiful plant will fill in the space.  Drape a beautiful fabric to add warmth and comfort.  Plug-in an up-light behind the arrangment for maximum effect.

Tip #2.  Don’t be afraid to overdo it.  Add some shelving for displaying varying shapes of full-neck bottles, tall vases and an oblong container.  An exotic floral detail takes center stage when it is placed in one of the pieces.

Tip #3.  Add color.  The best place to commit to color is in your accessorizies.  As seasons come and go and trends change, update your space with new color to keep your guests interested and engaged for a big return on little investment.

Tip #4.  Decorate your walls.  Guests will appreciate the extra touch and thoughtfulness.  Use various mediums to adorn your walls such as this sculptural piece of nature for depth and character.

Tip #5.  Rock a cool counter lamp!  Your best bet for creating ambience and adding warmth.  We love this line for it’s handmade qualities of natural fibers.  It combines art with light for a unique and beautiful glow, perfect for any treatment room.

Creating a memorable & relaxing atmosphere is an important part of every spa owner’s business, and the spa lunch is no exception.  Whether you offer a few snacks or a full menu, taking a little extra time to prepare a beautiful table setting will make your guests feel extra special and pampered.


Create a fresh color scheme with napkins, artful vases, bright blossoms, and natural elements.

Intimate Outdoor Dining from Sunset Magazine

If you have an outdoor space available, create an intimate outdoor dining area.  Add drama and sweetness with flickering candle light – and don’t forget the bug repellent!  For a natural alternative to pesticides, try Mosquito Barrier – – an all natural garlic spray  (Don’t worry, a few minutes after being sprayed people can no longer smell the garlic!)

Tara Domes

Keep your delectable dishes and desserts safe outdoors with Tara Glass Domes.

Table Setting by Colleen Mullaney

An inspiring table setting by Colleen Mullaney.

If you haven’t already added spa lunches and snacks to your menu, consider introducing catered snacks and lite lunches to your spa packages.