Spa in the Sky

An initial consultation for steam baths has led to more contracts being signed by spa designers, Barr + Wray

Rayana Spa at the Hyatt Capital Gate, which holds the distinction of being Abu Dhabi’s only “Sky Spa”, has been fitted out by Barr + Wray.

The hotel, which opened its doors in December last year, is located in the iconic Capital Gate building, which leans a record-breaking 18 degrees. It offers 189 five-star guestrooms and suites occupying the 18th to 33rd floors of the building. The spa can be found on the 19th floor overlooking the city.

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Barr + Wray was awarded the supply, installation and commissioning of the wet area facilities including the male and female steam rooms, and the male and female walk-in showers.

Both the steam baths and experience showers are now fully commissioned and being used within Rayana Spa.

The 823m2 space includes five treatment rooms in addition to the steam baths, experience showers, relaxation room and spa tea lounge.

The treatment area is complemented by a pool terrace with an outdoor pool as well as a 124m2 fitness centre, which has a selection of Technogym cardio machines along with strength and conditioning equipment.

Following a string of successful contracts for hotels and health spas around Abu Dhabi, Barr + Wray was approached by the main contractor for the Hyatt Capital Gate, Habtoor-Leighton Group (HLG), and asked to give a quote for the male and female steam baths.

The firm worked closely with the interior design team to make sure the facilities would remain in line with the luxurious design of the spa area, specifying mosaic tiles which were suitable for the hot, wet environment.

The colour pattern was carefully sampled and discussed — right down to the colour of the grout — to ensure optimum aesthetic impact.

“Having impressed HLG with its concept for the steam baths, Barr + Wray was asked to consult on plans for the spa’s male and female showers. These were well-received and the result is two spacious experience showers with both Niagara rain and Caribbean storm settings. The female shower mists are perfumed with essences, further enhancing the experience for guests,” said Peter Rietveld, managing director, Barr + Wray FZE, Dubai

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