Travel and Leisure magazine, one of the most discerning luxury travel magazines in the world, has recognised New Zealand’s Spring FootSpa in its 2013 Design Awards.

The spa, based in the heart of picturesque Queenstown, was designed by Derek Lockwood of Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide, opened last year to national and international acclaim. It was given an “honourable mention” in the Design Awards – the only spa in the world to receive this recognition.

The description from Travel and Leisure magazine read: “Pops of colour animate the predominantly neutral space of this Queenstown “social spa” for a fresh, lighthearted design and unmistakably vibrant atmosphere.”

Spring FootSpa is an innovative spa that offers a range of foot-focused mini-treatments alongside traditional spa-staples. Designed as a social experience, guests are encouraged to bring friends, chat to their neighbours or make use of the iPads and iPods on-hand.

Designer Derek Lockwood says: “Our concept was to deliver the idea of sociability inspired by nature. We are absolutely delighted that our work has not only resonated so well locally, but has also been recognised from so far afield as well.”

Owner Ina Bajaj says she’s delighted with the international recognition, which was announced in Travel and Leisure’s March issue, “When the concept for Spring was developed, we wanted to create a spa that was entirely different to anything that already existed in the market,” says Bajaj. “But the competition was undoubtedly very tough and we’re delighted to receive this recognition for our world-class spa.”

The Queenstown location is the first in a network of Spring FootSpas worldwide. The design allows new stores to be duplicated quickly for rapid expansion. Each spa will carry similar design trademarks, but customised to suit its location and clientele.

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