SPA in a water park - design, building and operation

The original water parks that opened did not contain SPA-complexes. There were also tiny leisure rooms with a variety of baths and saunas (typically Finnish, Russian, or Roman). Later, the SPA zone was expanded to include hydro-massage pools, saunas, and SPA cultures from other nations (for example, Turkish hammam and Japanese baths of varying temperatures), as well as body care rooms (for example, Thai massage and thalassotherapy). Later, the "sauna world" evolved into not only a distinct zone, but also an autonomous corporate entity. Bathing facilities, by the way, are highly popular as adult leisure areas in many German complexes.

The establishment of an SPA-center or "sauna world" as part of a water-entertaining complex has its own distinct features:

  • Planning solution that takes into account technological and operational features
  • Construction using approved materials for use in rooms with a humid environment and high temperature loads
  • Calculation and correct equipment selection to ensure reliable operation under high load conditions
  • Functional logistics of different tourist and staff flows; semantic content that takes into account the preferences of the region's target audience

When designing an SPA zone, you must consider some factors that will be very important and significant in the future, during the operation process. It is important to remember that the temperature and humidity microclimates in the water attractions zone and the SPA zone are drastically different. The temperature in the main aquatic entertainment room is a few degrees lower than in the SPA section. This is because the temperature difference between the hall and the pool water temperature should be no more than 1-2 degrees. For example, if the pool water temperature is 26-27 C, the air temperature should be higher - around 28-29 C. Most commonly, significantly warmer hydromassage pools are put in the SPA area, so that a person does not feel chilly and uncomfortable when leaving the water or steam room, the temperature must be higher than in the general hall with the water attractions. Furthermore, visitors to the swimming pool actively move, and the SPA zone is designed for a quieter pastime and decreased motor activity, both of which are important factors.

Also, keep in mind that the areas of the game pools and the SPA zone differ significantly in terms of sound and light. As a result, the SPA section is typically considerably quieter and darker than the main area. As a result, when making design decisions, keep in mind that the SPA zone should be as far away from the zone of active attractions as possible, as well as from the noisy children's area, i.e. there should be both semantic (logical) zoning and the actual presence of a limiting factor (walls, rocks, rooms, etc.)

You must reach an agreement with the investor or management business on how to pay for bathing services. If the cost of this water park area is not included in the basic service package paid at the complex's entrance, you must provide the SPA with its own reception area, separate from other areas, such as turnstiles or otherwise.A visit to the SPA in certain water parks is charged extra per the minute. Even if visiting the sauna is included in the cost of admission to the water park, the services of a sauna attendant or a masseuse must still be paid for, therefore an SPA reception is required in any case. There is also the option to book procedures, as well as to provide towels and accessories, as well as to rent or purchase other accessories (robes, caps, body care items, and so on).

Despite the abundance of food courts at the water park, a Phyto bar or at least a tea drinking place in the SPA zone would be ideal. It is also critical to provide restrooms and more pleasantly equipped showers in the same location. Unlike showers near water attractions, spa showers typically include a metered supply of shower gel, as well as shampoo, conditioner, and body cream.

Many designers overlook the importance of maintenance rooms for hydromassage spa pools and steam generators. As a result, it is critical to include technologists in the early stages of design, which will include the placement of technical rooms among other things. Of course, you must understand that the SPA at the water park is staffed by a specific number of people (administrators, massage therapists, and technical staff) who need a place to change clothes and enter this area without going through other public areas. Both the construction of the bathing complex at the water park and the use of technological equipment in it must consider the wear resistance, durability, and vandalism of the materials and products used, as well as the harsh operating loads in conditions of high daily attendance.

The key difference between the bathing complex as part of the water park is that it includes more impressive bath attractions as an entertainment facility, with a greater emphasis on the so-called "anchors" or "magnets" that will surprise and attract the public. These can be snow rooms or ice grottoes, impression showers or bathhouses from various cultures around the world. Dry Egyptian, scented Indian, sandy African, Moroccan with fruit peelings, and many others (herbal, mud) are examples.

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