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Designing innovative hydrothermal spa & wellness environments.

We work alongside architects, interior designers, spa owners/operators and hotel owners/operators to provide insight into the technical aspects of building hydrothermal experiences—ensuring that your wet area is not only built to today’s most current codes and standards, but also that it’s built to last the test of time.

Our services include Complete Spa Design, Hydrothermal Technical Design, Supply & Build, and Service & Training. For all services, our team works closely with stakeholders to develop a hydrothermal area that fits the budget, spa program and available real estate. All with a keen eye on ROI and profitability. 

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Whether you’re looking to build a completely new spa or refurbish an existing one, we help develop and design spas from the start to finish.

Clients consult with DFL on the design and refurbishment of entire spa areas, including treatment rooms, retail and reception areas, fitness rooms, hydrothermal areas, water features, and more.

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DFL often focuses solely on a spa’s hydrothermal features.

Our extensive experience in designing and building hydrothermal areas makes our team uniquely suited to take the lead on these areas.

We develop detailed service drawings and specifications to ensure best-practice solutions are conceived at the earliest stages of the design.


Working in collaboration with the client, projects are developed through drawings, renderings and supporting documentation to enable a seamless transition when bringing a project to the point of operational readiness.  

Design Phases
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We work with client's design team to refine existing plans to ensure first-class thermal experiences are created. All building and equipment requirements are considered, including recommendations for suitable and durable finishes. DFL can also consult on ways to maximize spa revenue and ROI.

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We create technical project drawings that ensure everything fits into the space. At this stage, we also provide a schedule of building and equipment costs to assist the client in finalizing the overall project budget. CGI renderings are created to allow the client to visualize the finished space.

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Refining the Schematic Design, we prepare detailed floor plans and sectional elevations, provide details for all MEP connection points at feature locations and incorporate supporting documentation for performance specifications. Detailed AutoCad and Revit drawings, including the often overlooked mechanical spaces, are also provided.

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We confirm all performance specifications and equipment requirements for the thermal spa facilities designed in the Detailed Design phase, including providing construction quality drawings and technical specifications for all facilities and equipment within the project scope.

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In addition to the extensive design services we provide before a build, we specializes in the actual installation of hydrothermal wet areas. 


Regardless of the size of a project, there are numerous technical considerations in the engineering and building of a spa. From the materials used to ventilation and drainage—we are the experts. We also know the latest technology for lighting, aromatherapy, audio/visual options and building management systems. In addition, Design for Leisure installs the most efficient plant and mechanical rooms (a crucial element of a hydrothermal build that is often overlooked in the early design phases).

All our rooms/cabins and pools are prefabricated using the highest-quality building materials—guaranteed to stand the test of time and also make a minimal impact on the environment. They arrive on site ready for “plug-and-play” installation and Design for Leisure is on hand to project manage the entire installation, working with local and specialist sub-contractors.

Pictured: Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa

The entire team at HBG Design thanks the Design for Leisure crew
for its expert guidance on our spa projects.

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Interior Designer, HBG Design


Our hydrothermal spa areas are built to the highest standards and require minimum service beyond day-to-day maintenance and upkeep. However, in the event that older facilities require a facelift or any of your existing equipment requires servicing, Design for Leisure is committed to being your trusted hydrothermal spa specialist for life.


In addition, once a project is completed, our experts will provide intensive staff training on the operation and running of all thermal rooms and pool areas. 

Pictured: Don Genders, Design for Leisure CEO, conducting a training session at Cache Creek Resort and Spa, Brooks, California, U.S.

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We are the trusted partner for some of the world’s leading spa and wellness luxury destinations. Our work includes countless award-winning hydrothermal projects, including Faena Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach which features one of the largest hamams in the U.S.

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Design for Leisure 2019 Case Studies


Download our detailed Case Studies to see our capabilities, services and expertise in action.



USA: +1-512-831-2726 
UK: +44 208 363 4036

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