Tucked away behind trees on its own hill, you may not see evidence of major construction underway at the Castle on the Hudson – though some Crest area residents have noted that they certainly hear it.
The Castle announced groundbreaking in December for the THANN Sanctuary Spa, the first of its kind in the country and the first part of a much larger $10 million plan approved by the Tarrytown Planning Board. The spa is slated for a May 2013 completion.
According to Jiro Sato, president of Sankara Hospitality Group, new owner and manager of the facility now known as Castle Hotel and Spa, “The development of the THANN Sanctuary Spa is the first part of a ten-million dollar renovation project that includes 4,100 square feet of meeting & banquet space, the 31 luxurious guest rooms and suites, public spaces, and the award-winning Equus restaurant and kitchen. The luxurious space will open in May 2013 and will be a magnificent addition to Castle Hotel & Spa.”
THANN spas are known throughout Asia for their natural therapies and holistic approach.
Here’s a description of what’s to come from the Sankara press release:
The interior design by Gettys will incorporate warm tones and soothing light with carefully designed furnishings procured from Thailand that induce calm and tranquility in contrast to the frenzied life outside.
According to Mike Flynn, AIA, LEED AP at Irvine, CA-based KTGY, THANN™ Sanctuary Spa at Castle Hotel & Spa is designed to be a simple, sophisticated building utilizing a low profile, stone walls and minimal exterior openings to blend with its peaceful setting overlooking the serene landscape. A curved stone wall guides the guest through an opening in the wall into a sheltered interior courtyard. The Spa walls flanking the courtyard are transparent floor-to-ceiling glass creating a contrast with the solid stone wall exterior.
The 7,800 square-foot Spa features separate locker facilities, hot pools, and steam rooms for men and women, seven treatment rooms, and a VIP treatment suite. There is also an expansive relaxation lounge with tranquil views of the wooded grounds. The atmosphere of quiet and privacy is supported by architectural screening, protected views, and acoustical isolation. Interior finishes emphasize natural materials, subtle colors, and minimal detail.
Sustainable features of the Spa include a vegetated roof, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, high tech lighting controls, and well insulated walls and roof. THANN™ Sanctuary Spa will be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, marketdriven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings and addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.
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