This January saw the launch of the first Kohler spa in the UK, which opened at the Old Course Hotel St Andrews after a £8m investment.
The new 25,000sq ft leisure facility has been designed by architects Sedley Place and marks the first venture in this country by plumbing expert Kohler, with the spa joining three other locations in the US.
The spa at Old Course Hotel St Andrews, which is owned by Kohler, is home to 11 treatment rooms, two pools, a steam room, experience showers, ice fountain, cold plunge pool and a Finnish sauna, along with a rooftop garden with hot tub.
There is also a large health and fitness centre with an additional pool and hot tub, gym and fitness space, with membership numbers rising ‘substantially’ since the new facility opened two months ago.
Spa director Kirsty MacCormick, who joined the Old Course Hotel St Andrews in September last year with over 20 years’ experience in the trade, told Boutique Hotelier that Kohler had the ambition to roll out more spas across the UK, with the aim to provide places of ‘relaxation, balance and rejuvenation’.
MacCormick said that whether the spas would be standalone or attached to a hotel would depend on what CEO David Kohler and his team discovered.
She also said that the brand is looking at a new development for an unused former stately home on site at the Old Course Hotel, which has potential to be transformed into wellness retreat.
“You have to be careful with wellness,” she told BH, “as within a spa you will have different people wanting to enjoy different things; some guests will be focusing on wellness, while others will want to indulge. A separate retreat would be targeted to a whole experience based on wellness, nutrition and health.”
The basis of the Kohler spa is water, and the use of water plays heavily in the way the spa has been designed and what facilities are on offer.
Known for its plumbing products, Kohler also operates a total of four spas with a focus on hydrotherapy – the other three are in the US.