Cathedral of wellbeing

Pallavi Dean has designed the interiors of the Sensasia Stories spa in Dubai, “a space of peace, calm and meditation,” the designer says

Sensasia Stories, Dubai
Sensasia Stories, Dubai
DATA SHEET

Client: Salina Handa and Majid Al Futtaim Group
Interior design: Roar (Designers: Pallavi Dean, Ana Carreras, Luisa Bresolin)
Flooring: Bolon
Wall textured paint: Artemis
Wallpaper: Maya Romanoff
Fabrics and upholstery: Carniege
Mesh glass: Mirodec
Sanitaryware: Gessi
Photo credits: The Oculis Project

A monumental, relaxing space for care of the body and the spirit: it’s the Sensasia Stories spa in Dubai, inside the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The interiors are by the designer Pallavi Dean, with her studio Roar, who says: “The design process of Sensasia Stories has been an exercise in moderation for me. We intentionally wanted to avoid overloading the senses; this is a place of peace, calm and meditation. The interior scheme – pale and dark shades of gray, mixed with warm wood finishes and the textures of stone – allows you to just be.”

Sensasia Stories, Dubai
Sensasia Stories, Dubai
Sensasia Stories, Dubai
Sensasia Stories, Dubai

Creativity came into play with just three main materials and colors: “Gray stone and slate, brown tones in the luxurious vinyl flooring, natural patterns on wallcoverings with a jute finish. The interior design pivots around this range of materials: it is layered with patterns. This helps the acoustics and the tactile aspects – a space designed for all the senses.”

A spa of almost 400 square meters with eight treatment rooms, a suite for couples, a hammam, emotional showers, an ice fountain, herbal saunas, Turkish baths, a hydromassage tub and virtual reality visors, which can be incorporated in the treatments to offer a personalized fantasy or guided meditation, transporting clients to the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Sensasia Stories, Dubai

A project that reinterprets Pan-Asian architecture with a contemporary twist. “We looked for inspiration in countries like Thailand, Bali and Vietnam. The arches are a key characteristic of this type of architecture, so we have emphasized them, creating large LED-lighted arches over the lobbies, and we have incorporated decorative elements with the same shape around the shelving in the reception area, to create a theatrical, evocative frame. Another important architectural statement is the parametric form of the façade. The spa is unusual because it has two entrances: one from the hotel, the other from the shopping mall, and this part has been designed to attract passing clients.”

Sensasia Stories, Dubai