While water therapies are at the core of the spa experience, they’ve taken a back seat to other types of treatments at spas in the United States as the industry has grown and defined itself. There was a time, not so long ago, when spa-goers shied away from hydrotherapies—but not anymore. State-of-the-art hydrotherapy tubs and showers, along with water as a design element, are making waves in the spa industry. Elaborate water circuits are being built at resort spas as never before. Here are a few good examples of this trend.
The Spa at The Coeur d’Alene Resort
Duane Hagadone, owner of The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho, doesn’t do anything lightly. So it’s no surprise that when he decided to build a new spa to celebrate his resort’s 20th anniversary, he hired one of the industry’s best: Tag Galyean of The TAG Studio in Lewisberg, West Virginia. Galyean is noted for his spa designs at The Greenbrier, The Hotel Hershey, The Broadmoor and Turnberry Isle Resort, among others. The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s spa, which officially opened for business this past June, cost $11 million and put Coeur d’Alene on the resort spa map.
“I wanted to have one of the top resort spas in the country,” Hagadone says. “Tag’s name kept resurfacing, so I called him. We’ve been in the top 10 with two of the leading golf magazines for our golf course, and I wanted to parallel that with our spa.”