With Japanese-inspired architecture, Biarritz’s Alaena Spa hopes to create ‘bubbles of care’ for its customers
The 250sq m (2,691sq ft) Alaena Spa has opened in Biarritz, France, with a contemporary Japanese architectural influence and a focus on both relaxation and aesthetic medicine.
Designed by Philippe Pastre of Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Pastre and Patrice Gardera of Gardera-D, the spa includes four treatment rooms, one skin exfoliation room, Japanese baths by Nendo Designs, an Experience shower, a Hammam by Effegibi, and linen from RKF Luxury Linen, embroidered with the spa’s logo.
Treatments include facials, Asian-inspired massages, waxing, manicures, pedicures and makeup, as well as manual lymphatic drainages and LPG. Alaena uses product lines from Themae, Laboratory Filorga and Water of Gamarde-les-Bains.
“We want to offer a unique experience, mixing the comfort of the spa with medical know-how," Anne Peres, owner of Alaena, told Spa Opportunities. “All of this in a beautiful, elegant, delicate space, with very pure architecture of Japanese inspiration.”
A. Peres described the customer experience as that of “going into a cocoon,” and said the customer “moves from one care bubble to another, bypassing lighting effects and views of the sky, amongst lush vegetation.”