Plans for new café at Polynesian Spa unveiled

May 4, 2017

A step through Polynesian Spa’s front doors will reveal a modern and enticing new café experience as part of a $1 million redevelopment opening in late September 2017.

Polynesian Spa, a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, has undertaken multiple renovations over the last three years, with the latest addition the most significant in terms of first impressions.

Polynesian Spa chief executive, Gert Taljaard says elements of geothermal energy, native timber, concrete and stone have been used throughout the space.

“The new cafe will lift the entire experience, welcoming visitors at the entrance with an open and modernised space – turning the current counter positioning 180o to become the face of Polynesian Spa.

“We’ve incorporated plenty of seating options (even if you’re a tad wet after emerging from the waters), with banquette seating, communal and group table settings, bar leaners, as well as lounge areas and counter tops with USB charging points for visitors to use.

“The design also compliments the heritage of the building, elements of which still exist from the 1930s, and are registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

“The terracotta roof tiles, for example, will be incorporated into the café by using similarly toned tiles to form a ledge by our lounge seating, with New Zealand handmade glazed terracotta tiles in the servery, as well as feature lighting throughout the café.

“Sustainably sourced new and reclaimed heart rimu furniture, and table tops made from New Zealand bluestone features throughout the interior, while honed terrazzo comprised of locally sourced river stone and aggregate will tile the floor.”

The café courtyard transformation will see the space introduce banquette seating along the walls and geothermally heated seats for comfort and enjoyment year-round.

“Black stained cedar louvres and exterior cladding will be used to create a naturally evolving space,” explains Mr Taljaard.

The concept and design for the new café will be undertaken by Wingate Architects and includes modernising the arrival experience with the removal of Polynesian Spa’s well-known A-Frame entrance, with a new, modern structure set to take its place.

Wingate Architects director, David Wingate says visitors to Polynesian Spa will be greeted by an immediate expression of quality, a visual connection appropriate to such an important destination.

“The revitalised café will provide a relaxed, yet stylish, environment for visitors to enjoy with a mix of natural elements creating a warm and inviting space that reflects Polynesian Spa’s philosophy.”

Mr Taljaard says the café will focus on balance, incorporating a customer facing fresh juice bar, where visitors can share in the experience, as well as New Zealand made gelato and Kapiti ice cream.

“Quality barista made coffee and cabinet meal options to suit a variety of different tastes will also grace our service counter, as well as New Zealand made wine and beer.”

Recent investments have included introducing a new lakeside pool to take advantage of Polynesian Spa’s stunning lakeside vista, modernising both the men’s and women’s changing rooms, new reflexology walk and cold plunge pool and updating the Family Pool area.

new café at Polynesian Spa


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