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Jiva Spa and Wellness Centre

Jiva Spa
Written by Roma Publications

Jiva Spa and Wellness Centre at St James’ Court Hotel

A new Jiva Spa and Wellness Centre at the St James’ Court Hotel, London, has recently been completed by Emil Eve Architects. Opened in early March to both hotel guests and locals, the new spa boasts a unique concept born out of collaboration between Taj’s award winning Jiva Spa and the British lifestyle brand Temple Spa.

Located in the Victorian cellars of the luxury Taj Hotel, the spa facilities include a glowing vitality pool which wraps around the hotel’s original brick walls, a steam room clad in continuous milled sections of Carrara marble and a sauna created from solid sections of thermally treated Alder wood. In addition, two single treatment rooms and one couple’s suite incorporate bespoke walnut joinery and a marble-clad bathing area.

As well as being a tranquil haven, the Jiva Spa includes state of the art fitness facilities along with personal trainers to design personalised fitness plans and arrange private, on demand, yoga sessions for the guests.

Emil Eve architects spent four months developing the unique design which took 9 months to complete on site. Ross Perkin, Director of Emil Eve Architects, delved into the design of the spa with Premier Hospitality Magazine:

“From the initial meeting, the hotel managers were really excited about our ideas for the project. The spa and wellness centre are located in the basement of the expansive Victorian building but the area allocated to the facility was very limited so we had to work hard to make the layout work efficiently and to create a unique atmosphere and feeling of space.

“We used Carrara marble and white terrazzo to create bright and luxurious surfaces for the floors and changing areas, contrasting with darker walls, relaxation areas and treatment rooms. Bespoke walnut joinery and doors have been incorporated throughout along with ambient lighting by Viabizzunno.”

Ross adds:

“We wanted to create something atmospheric and rich so we started by looking at the existing textures in the space. We discovered that the basement was built from Victorian bricks so we decided to expose these and test a range of techniques for applying a finish. In the end we used a black clay plaster which beautifully reveals the texture of the bricks through its surface.

“The real highlight of the spa is the vitality pool, which has been sunk below floor level and tiled in bright white mosaics with a Carrara terrazzo surround. On entering the spa, the light level drops to a warm ambient glow so the brightness of the pool creates real drama in the dark space. The pool itself has two discreet bathing areas: the main area leads into a more secluded space where guests can have more privacy.

“The next stage of the visitors’ journey is the steam room, made entirely from milled curving slabs of Carrara marble, giving it a soft but high quality feeling. The sauna is lighter in design and formed using Alder timber slats, which have a rich smell of the forest. Again, we used an existing space for this, which has an irregular shape ideal for a sauna. The treatment rooms also incorporate marble, dark timber and exposed brickwork.”

The introduction of the new spa follows a refurbishment of guest rooms at the hotel last summer. The renovation means guest rooms boast the perfect blend of heritage and contemporaneity in accordance with the hotel’s commitment to ‘reinventing tradition’, complementing the ‘English Classics, Reinvented’ series.

St. James’ Court has 338 rooms and suites, offers complimentary Wi-Fi, premier Golden Keys Concierge service and an exceptional range of dining options with four restaurants and two bars. Exceeding the expectations of today’s discerning traveller, St. James’ Court is a slice of the past served up on a contemporary platter.

Reflecting on the Spa, Ross concludes:

“The atmosphere we’ve created at Jiva Spa is really special; it feels like you’re entering into another world. The design palette of the hotel is more traditional so we wanted to contrast this and give guests the sense of entering into a place away from their everyday worries and the hectic city where they can just relax.”

To book your stay and discover Jiva Spa, visit:

About Emil Eve Architects

Emil Eve Architects is a London-based studio with a focus on contemporary design in historic and urban contexts. With a strong emphasis on collaborative practice, Emil Eve has built an expansive portfolio of work in diverse situations. Current projects include the competition winning scheme to create music production studios in St Martin’s Church Brighton, Marvic House, Caro Somerset lifestyle store and the Charlotte Road apartments in Shoreditch.

Jiva Spa

County Contractors

County Contractors specialises in large scale, high-profile refurbishment projects with particular focus on hotel guestroom refurbishments for international, national and boutique brands. Privately owned with over 40 years’ experience, the company has specialised in hotel refurbishments for 23 years.

County Contractors recently acted as the main contractor overseeing the refurbishment and renovation of the premium rooms at St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel. This was shortly followed by the creation of the new luxurious Jiva Spa in the hotel’s basement.

The room renovation consisted of the complete strip out of each of the seven floors and structural internal works to create a new floor plan and corridor layout.

The scope of the work for the spa included asbestos removal, underground drainage excavation and installation, structural steel and supporting columns installation and the installation of mechanical and electrical services.

Peter Mercer, County Contractors Business Development Manager, said:

“Upon starting this project, we set high expectations of ourselves (as we do with any project) and that ambition has driven us forward to develop this magnificent building, which will not only retain features of the previous historic building but will incorporate contemporary and elegant features and allow the hotel and its guests better access and an even more luxurious experience.”


Crystaltech Ltd

Crystaltech Ltd specialises in the design, templating, supply and installation of bespoke shower enclosures, doors and screens.

The company has been in operation since 2008 and has over 25 years of combined experience in the shower door industry. By offering a bespoke service, Crystaltech is able to work around unusual sizes, angles or cut outs. This includes templating and installing a customer’s choice of manufacturer or designing a specific unit.

All work comes with a 3 year guarantee and all Crystaltech products come with a 10 year warranty (excluding Seals).

During its time in operation, Crystaltech has worked on a number of high profile projects such as providing all of the enclosures for the recently refurbished Lancaster Hotel. The company was also involved with the new Jiva Spa at St. James’ Court. The particular project encompassed supplying all of the shower enclosures to the hotel rooms and doors for the spa.

Justin Gregory, Director, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be associated with this prestigious hotel and Spa.”

He added:

“We are a centrally based, flexible company that can match our customers’ needs whether large or small using only the highest quality materials and speedy timescales.”


Milk Leisure Ltd

Milk Leisure specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of spa and wellness facilities, from sauna and steam rooms to complete thermal experiences.

Established in 2009, Milk Leisure is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.  This creative company has been involved with a number of prestigious projects, including the recent installation of the Jiva Spa at St. James’ Court.

For the Jiva Spa, Milk was tasked with the detail design both the sauna and steam room, utilising its in-house design services to create their new and unique thermal experiences. Other recent installations include Avalon at Broughton Hall, Skipton; The New Buxton Crescent Hotel, Derbyshire; Kenwick Park, Louth, Lincolnshire and Hilton Hotels.

Robert Merrick, Director, commented:

“Our installation at Jiva Spa provided Milk with the opportunity to express ourselves creatively, delivering finished installations that only a handful of global specialists could achieve.  The installation is a real representation of our company’s aspirations to become a leader in such bespoke work.

“We are a genuinely customer focused business, with creativity at its core.  A growing manufacturing capability puts Milk in a wonderful position to assist customers to value and appreciate individuality and quality!”


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