News for the Hospitality Executive
(TARRYTOWN, NY) – December 6, 2012 – Castle Hotel & Spa in Westchester County, NY recently broke ground for the seven-month construction of the luxury $9,000,000 THANN™ Sanctuary Spa on the sprawling 100-year old estate overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY. The Medieval-style structure is reminiscent of the revered Lismore Castle in County Waterford, Ireland. Originally built in 1897 as a private residence, the Castle Hotel & Spa opened in 1997, 16 years after it was designated a historic landmark, and was meticulously transformed into a luxury hotel offering royal service, lush and lavish accommodations, celebrated cuisine, and spectacular scenery in an unsurpassed setting in the historic Hudson Valley.
THANN™ Sanctuary Spas are known throughout Asia as an oasis of peace and tranquility offering a wide variety of luxurious spa treatments based on THANN’s art of natural therapy, where all the senses are awakened by the unique holistic spa concept and ambience. The THANN™ Sanctuary Spa at Castle Hotel & Spa will be the first of its kind in the United States.
The interior design by Gettys will incorporate warm tones and soothing light with carefully designed furnishings procured from Thailand that induce calm and tranquility in contrast to the frenzied life outside. The holistic treatment approach aims to rediscover inner physical and mental wellness offered in a wide variety of treatments including the signature massage – a deep-tissue oil massage using palm strokes and thumb pressure to relieve and heal muscular pains. The THANN signature oil blend conveys healing and reduces tension to reinvigorate and relax stress and tension.
According to Mike Flynn, AIA, LEED AP at Irvine, CA-based KTGY , THANN™ Sanctuary Spa at Castle Hotel & Spa is designed to be a simple, sophisticated building utilizing a low profile, stone walls and minimal exterior openings to blend with its peaceful setting overlooking the serene landscape. A curved stone wall guides the guest through an opening in the wall into a sheltered interior courtyard. The Spa walls flanking the courtyard are transparent floor-to-ceiling glass creating a contrast with the solid stone wall exterior.
The 7,800 square-foot Spa features separate locker facilities, hot pools, and steam rooms for men and women, seven treatment rooms, and a VIP treatment suite. There is also an expansive relaxation lounge with tranquil views of the wooded grounds. The atmosphere of quiet and privacy is supported by architectural screening, protected views, and acoustical isolation. Interior finishes emphasize natural materials, subtle colors, and minimal detail.
Sustainable features of the Spa include a vegetated roof, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, high tech lighting controls, and well insulated walls and roof. THANN™ Sanctuary Spa will be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings and addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.
Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants.
According to Mr. Jiro Sato, president of Sankara Hospitality Group, “The development of the THANN™ Sanctuary Spa is the first part of a ten-million dollar renovation project that includes 4,100 square feet of meeting & banquet space, the 31 luxurious guest rooms and suites, public spaces, and the award-winning Equus restaurant and kitchen. The luxurious space will open in May 2013 and will be a magnificent addition to Castle Hotel & Spa.”
About Castle Hotel & Spa
Castle Hotel & Spa features the rich, time-honored ambience of Old-World style and elegance with contemporary amenities and is only 25 miles north of Manhattan. Accommodations include 31 luxurious guest rooms and suites of more than 1,000 square feet each. Each room features all the amenities you expect – and more. The Castle is highlighted by intricately carved stairways of dark burnished wood, glowing sconces, mammoth hand-hewn oak beams and leaded-glass windows.
Castle Hotel & Spa is perched majestically atop one of the highest points in the region overlooking the historic Hudson River in the lower Hudson Valley of Westchester County, NY. The award-winning estate is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America and sits on ten tranquil wooded acres that provide a respite of refinement and luxury with Old-World elegance.
Castle Hotel & Spa features 31 traditionally appointed guest rooms and suites, 4,100 square feet of meeting and event space, 24-hour health and fitness center, whirlpool, landscaped jogging paths, and a spectacular outdoor seasonal swimming pool. The renowned Equus restaurant has received Four Diamonds from AAA and Five-Star Diamond Award from The Academy of Hospitality Sciences. It was named to Conde Nast’s “Gold List” and the elite Top Twenty US Small Hotels. Equus is highly rated from Zagat for extraordinary food, service and décor and received the prestigious Award of Unique Distinction from The Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Castle Hotel & Spa is owned and managed by Sankara Hospitality Group, known throughout the world for creating and managing contemporary luxury hotels that are defined by their warm and vibrant personality, and inspired by the spirit of their location. Sankara is passionate in their belief of offering a service that is effortless, personal and genuine, enabling its guests to do the things they value most. For additional information, visit the website at: http://www.castleonthehudson.com/
James M. Mahon