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Adds Sher, "This is something that has been one of the
best outcomes. While the hotel's design was terrific, it really
was made for this time; we've been blessed with all these
incredible outdoor expanses." For instance, the dining tables
in that spacious courtyard have become the most sought-after
reservation spots. "There's a sense of normalcy," she says,
noting guests are able to relax and dine and not worry that
someone else will not be six feet away.
Outdoor spaces also are prevalent in the spa, where clients
enter through the central courtyard, and a beautiful outdoor
room connects to the common quiet room with doors that
can be pushed open on nice days.
"These outdoor spaces and amenities are going to become
even more of a focus than they already are," says Kathryn
Findlay. "When you think about the reopening process for
spas and any business, those with outdoor amenities certainly
have an advantage. If the experts are correct in saying this will
not be our last pandemic, clients are going to be aware of this
going forward." She adds that particularly in urban areas, where
people have been cooped up in their apartments with limited
access to the outdoors, hospitality businesses with ample
outdoor spaces will have a huge advantage.

Even prior to the pandemic, the Findlays had seen a big demand for
Nordic-style spas, with indoor/outdoor areas and thermal elements
like steam and sauna. And, when there's not an opportunity
for actual outdoor space, bringing the outdoors in is becoming
increasingly important. "Taking cues from nature like incorporating
organic curves, living walls, healthy plants, and other elements will
create those natural touch points," says Kathryn Findlay.
The WATG report confirms that direct and indirect exposure to
nature, which has a positive benefit on one's physical and mental
wellbeing, will continue to be an increasingly more important
element in wellness design, with such innovations as walls and
even roofs that can retract to create a seamless connection
between the indoors and out.

Core Essence is leading design, development, and ongoing operations of spa
and wellness for a recently opened boutique resort in Placencia, Belize.
(Image: Core Essence)

Jennifer Findlay
and Kathryn Findlay,
Core Essence
(Image: Lauren Miller)

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