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Inspiring Spa Design: ESPA Yas Viceroy in Abu Dhabi


Guests marvel at the incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of colour and shade, but also embraces the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit

As Abu Dhabi’s premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 innovative dining and lounge venues and the luxurious ESPA, the spa for beauty and wellness. Owned by ALDAR Properties PJSC, the architect is Richardson Sadeki. The lush spa is spread across 12,055 sq ft and took about 18 months to be constructed.

About the spa

When designing ESPA at Yas Viceroy, Sadeki looked at the traditional hammam, as conceived within Islamic architecture for their primary inspiration. The spa is a luxurious re-interpretation of these restorative spaces. The northern tip of the spa houses a cylindrical room, the rotunda a completely unique space. The rotunda’s stone furnishing creates a sculptured garden that surrounds a central column to reveal an inner core. This core has a markedly cooler temperature, with refrigerated floors to counter the warmth of the hammam. It contains an illuminated nightscape ceiling and an amorphous sculpted stone lounge.

Enter a sanctuary of award-winning rejuvenation at ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, where classic healing traditions blend with modern techniques to provide an inspirational experience. The spa transcends the expected, with eight treatment rooms, separate private areas for male and female guests, Kinesis fitness equipment, a relaxation lounge overlooking the Yas Marina race track and the Viceroy Presidential Treatment Suite featuring its own hammam steam room with a rain shower and colour therapy. Through a detailed offering of spa treatments, each guest will find a tranquil retreat for pampering and relaxation and emerge with renewed energy and spirit.

Treatments and products

ESPA Signature treatments are a one-of-a-kind experience! They begin with an in-depth consultation and a relaxing foot ritual using mineral sea salts and essential oils to refresh the feet. The Signature Treatments include full use of the steam room, waiting lounges and relaxation areas.
The products used are ESPA Spa products for massage, body and face, nail products are by OPI and Hammam products are by Les Sens de Marrakech.

Light and flooring

Lighting in the spa is kept subtle and is a combination of dim halogens, LEDS and fibre optics, though at places even dim fluorescents are used. These light fittings are from brands such as Osram, Philips and the fibre optic driver units are from the Cooper brand. The entire lighting control system is through dynalite brand controller.

The flooring is in soothing black granite and natural stone. In the treatment rooms and certain corridors, pine wood parquet flooring is used. Rotunda is provided with natural white marble flooring with acoustic double glazed glass panels.

Says Oliver Bruns, Manager, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, “The spa is a true reflection of the ESPA brand, with its warm feel and cosy atmosphere. It is a wonderful place to visit for both female and male guests. For our male guests, we even offer the Metronaps Energypod, which will allow busy men to relax from their meetings in short period of time.”