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.

Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with the power of mosaics.  These tiles comes in just about any imaginable color, size, and finish.  Use them on the floor, a focal accent wall, a backsplash, custom pedicure base or any place unexpected!

Not only are they a durable surface but they add a luxurious ambiance to any space.   Do not fear, improvements over the years have made installation a snap for mosaics that used to be tedious and time consuming.  Depending on the complexity of your project you may or may not need a professional tile installer.

Spa Mosaic Glass and Porcelain Tile mfr: Graniti FiandreNothing says spa more than the look of green glass and natural stone!  This porcelain tile is made to look like natural stone but with none of the maintenance.   Get the look! A modern way to create interest and texture with classic materials that won’t  go out of style.

Pebble Tiles by Graniti FiandreBring some outdoors in with the look of these natural pebble stone mosaic tiles!  If you want to add a more modern drama, kick it up a notch with these metal pebble mosaics.  The smooth finish is unexpected and creates a bold statement.  Definitely one of my fav’s, pebble tiles add nature’s warmth whether you want to add a  little tropical flavor or create a tranquil rustic refuge.  They do contain “magic” that can transform an ordinary space into one that takes my mind to a place of relaxation.

Graniti Fiandre at Spa StyleNot your ordinary porcelain tile!  This subtle wave pattern in two variations creates interest and and sophistication with the simple color palette and smooth finish.  Add a contrasting grout to show off the curving lines of this unique tile.  Just another way porcelain tile has reinvented itself!

Mosaic Tiles by Graniti Fiandre at Spa StyleNew Trend Product Alert:  If you thought glass mosaics were amazing then take a look at some of the newest products that actually combine the gorgeous look of glass with the elegant look of natural stone.  You will start seeing the mix of frosted, glossy, matte, and textured glass and stone mixes!  Play with the scale by using more linear patterns like the brick style shown on the left or even smaller 1/2″ x 1/2″ size to create a look all your own.

LED tile by Graniti Fiandre available at Spa StyleLook  for new products to hit the market which are integrating LED lighting into porcelain tile planks!  Above you can see an example of this state-of-the-art new product from the manufacturer Graniti Fiandre that comes in a couple of styles both with a flowing organic vibe.  Oh so spa, a must have- I think so!

Have you used mosaic tile to transform your space?  We’d love to hear from you!

I am loving the spa interior movement that is putting out environments that cannot be defined by a particular style class.  These environments  are sophisticated, fashion-forward and timeless.  Case and point:  this Portuguese spa and haven, situated in a historical building in the heart of Lisbon’s old town is adorned with classic styles (Eames, Gehry) and vintage pieces while fusing modern touches with rich pallets.  The flux from light and airy to exotic and almost primitive demonstrates typical Portuguese flair and fashion yet keeps us guessing.

Modern Mix of Classic Style and Vintage Pieces.

Eclectic Decor has rich pallets and vibrant color.

The salon is light and airy in direct contrast with the spa rooms.

Oh, and be sure to check out the spa owner’s brilliant 2010 Summer Fashion Collection.   I’ll take one of each!


Color Trend: Spicy reds, browns, and pinks are the color of the season.  Accent your spa with comforting details that romanticize your guests including a warm bath filled with fragrant colorful flowers, soft cushy slippers, aromatic candles and fresh blooms.  Embellish your couples retreat with bamboo cotton linens and global fusion of exotic harmonies and ambient grooves.  Finish it all with a touch of decadence: rose champaign and red velvet cupcakes.

Rich warm browns tones create a candlelit glow around the room.  Add new pamper me textures like plush linens, blankets, cozy slippers,  or sheer draperies to further the mood.  Great example of subtle use of seasonal colors with the fresh hot pink flower blooms floating in water, you can see it just melts your soul!

This spa interior has warm dramatic wood tones, a variety of textures, and what’s that- Yes, it’s Fucshia!  Add a little sophisticated fun with small pops of this youthful color to differentiate your spa-goers experience.  What an amazing place to travel for an out of this world experience!

Make your spa a special retreat this Valentines Day season.  Create a atmosphere where couples can commune with soft fabrics, flickering candles and romantic touches.  One of the most important elements in a spa interior is a quiet atmosphere.  Adequate soundproofing in your walls between your treatment rooms is the best way to ensure your guests have privacy and a relaxing experience.   A curtain wall made from a beautiful fabric helps to absorb sound.  Another important detail is candle light which is synonymous with both spas and dreamy, romantic moments.  Spas today are using LED candles to create the illusion of a flame which is a cost effective and practical alternative to real candles.   A simple way to spruce up your treatment room for a special event is to simply change the linens.  A  new blanket or a decorative saddle can add a pop of color.  Top it off with a beautiful tray and an organic accent for an extraordinary couple’s escape.

The Four Seasons Miami

Candlelight and quiet moments can be found in a tropical metropolis at The Four Seasons Spa in Miami.  Create a healing retreat from the everyday with soft light, gauzy curtains and a quiet fairytale garden.

The Spa and Hotel de le Bretesche in Brittany

Hands down, France is one of the first places that comes to mind when you think of a romantic retreat.  The Spa & Hotel de la Bretesche is an idyllic, peaceful French chateau located in the countryside of Brittany.  Take long walks along the manicured grounds and relax in unparalleled luxury.  The spa’s design is surprisingly modern, making this old world architectural gem an even more intriguing place to visit.

The Spa at Mayflower Inn

This dreamy spa & inn is located in beautiful New England, just two hours from New York City.  This charming retreat also offers the highest in luxury.  What a perfect place to slip away with your sweetie! A beautifully neutral color palette combined with sensual textures and cozy spa furniture make the Mayflower Inn an inviting hideaway.

Complete the mood with serene, healing music.  Sound Healing is an inspiring collection of peaceful music by sound healing pioneer Dean Evenson.  This music was specifically created to help people relax and lower stress levels and will give your spa a healing atmosphere.

What’s Valentine’s Day without some sweet treats?!  Treat yourself or your sweetie with a yummy cupcake.  The first is a homemade confection by Alicia of the “Confessions of a Bakeaholic” blog.  Get the recipe here –

The second is a Raspberry Lemonade cupcake by Chicago’s own Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique…  ya, I know, I’m drooling too…

Warm up your spa interior this Valentine’s Day with the glow of candlelight.  Indulging your guests with some sweet treats?  Make your desserts even more enticing with  adorable covered cake stands from

How do you make your spa special for Valentine’s Day and couple’s getaways?