The Voyage Spa, Thurlestone

Tasteful hotel spa redevelopment

The brief

In 2011, Ashton House Design were invited to redesign the hotel’s spa & pool complex. We were tasked to advise on all stages of the work, from inception through to finishing touches.

The work

All interior designers love being in at the start of an ambitious project. It means we can influence every detail. Having analysed the proposed layout, we suggested refinements and presented ideas for style and ambience, with enduring appeal.

Taking our inspiration from the golden age of travel, we discussed and agreed architectural features, lighting and furniture for the Spa’s themed areas. These were then developed with the project architect and appointed joiners. Attention to detail was paramount, given the constraints of a relatively small space, and the sheer complexity of the design.

Subtle lighting was key to creating an ambient mood that highlighted the vintage travel imagery. Bespoke turbine shutters were constructed to filter sunlight by day and glow by night, with placement of lighting to highlight a shoal of carved fish floating over the Jacuzzi, and a large backlit world Cruise Charter map adding to the atmospheric calm within.

Passing the glamorous reception to The Voyage Spa itself, you’re suddenly transported into a different time zone. Bespoke lockers in the changing rooms are enhanced with vintage travel stickers, and glass modesty dividers sport stylised 1950s images using modern techniques. A ‘wave’ tiled wall leads past The World Map and onto the deck above the pool.

The result?

The ‘larger than life’ poolside vinyl spans two full floors, and was created from five individual images, continuing the theme from the changing rooms. It’s fun and quirky, adding to the overall charm of the scheme. We commissioned a large, bespoke porthole, authentic in its design and illuminated – to link poolside to the well-appointed thermal suite.

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