GET SPA BUSINESS
magazine
Yes! Send me the FREE digital editions of Spa Business and Spa Business insider magazines and the FREE weekly Spa Business and Spa Business insider ezines and breaking news alerts!
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Features   Products   Company profilesProfiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise    Subscribe  
NEWS
Alchemy Springs Communal Bathhouse to revive San Francisco’s social bathing culture
POSTED 22 Sep 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
The ultimate vision for Alchemy Springs is to create a grand public bathing facility that unites everyone to come together in the spirit of wellness and community Credit: Shutterstock/Natalia Burnina
Alchemy Springs Communal Bathhouse, a planned hydrothermal spa located in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighbourhood, has announced a vision to revive the city’s bathhouse culture and provide a place for community and wellness to intersect through social bathing.

With a target opening of Q3 2024, Alchemy Springs is set to pay homage to San Francisco's history as the home of the iconic oceanfront Sutro Baths.

Built in 1894, Sutro Baths was a glass-roofed structure containing seven pools where the community socialised and enjoyed the natural healing salt waters of the Pacific Ocean. In 1966, the facility closed and later burnt down in June of that year.

Acting as a modern counterpart, Alchemy Springs will bring a communal bathhouse back to the city and be realised within a renovated masonry and timber warehouse built in 1919.

Architect Olle Lundberg and Lundberg Design are working in partnership with landscape architects Surface Design & Habitat Horticulture to create the new location. The designers are drawing inspiration from the Sutro Baths for the new bathhouse’s design.

Industry figure and consultant Mia Kyricos is also acting as an advisor on the project.

Alchemy Springs will incorporate a modern biophilic design to bring the outdoors indoors and provide a psychological and physical healing space to unplug and immerse in nature.

Plans include 16,000sq ft of open indoor-outdoor space, complete with multiple therapeutic baths including moon, mineral, massage and sun baths, as well as a salt cave, herbal steamroom, treatment rooms, an elixir lounge, café and retail boutique.

The guest journey is being curated so that visitors are immersed in a journey of the senses as they experience nature’s healing elements alongside bathing amenities inspired by the ancient alchemic elements of water, fire, air and earth.

“We’re incredibly excited to take this next step in sharing Alchemy Springs with the public,” said Rodney Fong, fourth-generation San Franciscan and small business owner.

“Community is at the forefront of the project, where we aim to provide an inclusive and accessible oasis that encourages social, collective wellness in San Francisco.

“Bathhouses are the perfect urban remedy for the rise in stress, technology overload and the decline of human interaction and access to nature.

“We welcome Alchemy Springs as an exciting new business, one that we believe will build a cultural movement that will have ripple effects well beyond our city.”

The project is raising funds through Small Change, an online real estate crowdfunding platform that provides an opportunity for anyone over 18 to invest, giving the general public an opportunity to own part of the company alongside accredited investors and to take part in this community building project for a manageable cost.

The ultimate vision is that Alchemy Springs becomes a public bathing facility that caters to members, drop-in guests and city tourists alike and unites everyone – of every economic status, race and gender – around the spirit of wellness and community.
Sutro Baths in the present day Credit: Shutterstock/Elizabeth Iris
RELATED STORIES
  Alchemy Group breaks ground on bathing oasis designed to revive San Francisco’s bathhouse culture


Alchemy Springs, an upcoming social spa project in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighbourhood, has broken ground on its nature-centric bathing area.
  Mia Kyricos to receive 2023 Cornell Hospitality Innovator of the Industry Award


Industry thought leader and consultant Mia Kyricos has been recognised for her contributions to hospitality and wellness with The Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award.
  The pandemic is serving as a catalyst for wellness and wellbeing, Mia Kyricos tells StarrCast


Lisa Starr, principal of Wynne Business and 35-year spa and wellness industry veteran, has launched the StarrCast podcast, interviewing wellness professionals about their career path.
  FEATURE: Insight: Hindsight 2020


Mia Kyricos looks at the harsh lessons that spas can learn from the last year
MORE NEWS
Basic-Fit trials corporate wellness drive across its Spanish clubs
Basic-Fit has signed up to trial the Wellhub network across its recently expanded Spanish network, giving access to subscribers and enabling them to use all 152 of its Spanish clubs.
Six Senses La Sagesse launches with lagoon-fronted spa inspired by Caribbean fishing villages
Six Senses has announced the grand opening of its first-ever property and spa in the Caribbean, called Six Senses La Sagesse.
US$60m Zion Canyon Hot Springs project breaks ground in Southern Utah
A brand new desert hot springs oasis, called Zion Canyon Hot Springs, is set to open in Southern Utah in Q3 of 2025.
Dedicated recovery clubs tipped to become a trend
Recovery, social wellness and longevity were talking points at the recent PerformX Live, tipped by many speakers as upcoming trends, while the exhibition halls featured infrared saunas, compression therapy and ice baths.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Chief Executive Officer, Mount Batten Centre
Mount Batten Group
Salary: c£65,000pa + pension + benefits
Job location: mount batten centre, plymouth , United Kingdom
+ More jobs  

FEATURED SUPPLIERS

Crafting luxury: Beltrami Linen's bespoke spa solutions
Beltrami Linen’s approach to the world of spa is underpinned by a strong emphasis on bespoke design, where close collaboration with customers and their designers is always of the utmost importance. [more...]

Spa and wellness industry to reunite at Forum HOTel&SPA 2024
The 16th edition of the esteemed international spa and hospitality industry event, Forum HOTel&SPA, is rapidly approaching, promising an immersive experience for attendees. [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
SKINHAPTICS

Founded by biochemist Sandrine Dahan in 2010 in Paris, Skinhaptics is an expert French skincare br [more...]
Dröm UK Ltd

Dröm UK specialises in the design and installation of luxury, bespoke spa and thermal wellbeing area [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

22-24 Apr 2024

UK Aufguss Championships

Galgorm Resort, York,
23-25 Apr 2024

ISPA Conference 2024

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, United States
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
SPA BUSINESS
SPA OPPORTUNITIES
SPA BUSINESS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Products   Magazine   Subscribe
NEWS
Alchemy Springs Communal Bathhouse to revive San Francisco’s social bathing culture
POSTED 22 Sep 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
The ultimate vision for Alchemy Springs is to create a grand public bathing facility that unites everyone to come together in the spirit of wellness and community Credit: Shutterstock/Natalia Burnina
Alchemy Springs Communal Bathhouse, a planned hydrothermal spa located in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighbourhood, has announced a vision to revive the city’s bathhouse culture and provide a place for community and wellness to intersect through social bathing.

With a target opening of Q3 2024, Alchemy Springs is set to pay homage to San Francisco's history as the home of the iconic oceanfront Sutro Baths.

Built in 1894, Sutro Baths was a glass-roofed structure containing seven pools where the community socialised and enjoyed the natural healing salt waters of the Pacific Ocean. In 1966, the facility closed and later burnt down in June of that year.

Acting as a modern counterpart, Alchemy Springs will bring a communal bathhouse back to the city and be realised within a renovated masonry and timber warehouse built in 1919.

Architect Olle Lundberg and Lundberg Design are working in partnership with landscape architects Surface Design & Habitat Horticulture to create the new location. The designers are drawing inspiration from the Sutro Baths for the new bathhouse’s design.

Industry figure and consultant Mia Kyricos is also acting as an advisor on the project.

Alchemy Springs will incorporate a modern biophilic design to bring the outdoors indoors and provide a psychological and physical healing space to unplug and immerse in nature.

Plans include 16,000sq ft of open indoor-outdoor space, complete with multiple therapeutic baths including moon, mineral, massage and sun baths, as well as a salt cave, herbal steamroom, treatment rooms, an elixir lounge, café and retail boutique.

The guest journey is being curated so that visitors are immersed in a journey of the senses as they experience nature’s healing elements alongside bathing amenities inspired by the ancient alchemic elements of water, fire, air and earth.

“We’re incredibly excited to take this next step in sharing Alchemy Springs with the public,” said Rodney Fong, fourth-generation San Franciscan and small business owner.

“Community is at the forefront of the project, where we aim to provide an inclusive and accessible oasis that encourages social, collective wellness in San Francisco.

“Bathhouses are the perfect urban remedy for the rise in stress, technology overload and the decline of human interaction and access to nature.

“We welcome Alchemy Springs as an exciting new business, one that we believe will build a cultural movement that will have ripple effects well beyond our city.”

The project is raising funds through Small Change, an online real estate crowdfunding platform that provides an opportunity for anyone over 18 to invest, giving the general public an opportunity to own part of the company alongside accredited investors and to take part in this community building project for a manageable cost.

The ultimate vision is that Alchemy Springs becomes a public bathing facility that caters to members, drop-in guests and city tourists alike and unites everyone – of every economic status, race and gender – around the spirit of wellness and community.
Sutro Baths in the present day Credit: Shutterstock/Elizabeth Iris
RELATED STORIES
Alchemy Group breaks ground on bathing oasis designed to revive San Francisco’s bathhouse culture


Alchemy Springs, an upcoming social spa project in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighbourhood, has broken ground on its nature-centric bathing area.
Mia Kyricos to receive 2023 Cornell Hospitality Innovator of the Industry Award


Industry thought leader and consultant Mia Kyricos has been recognised for her contributions to hospitality and wellness with The Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award.
The pandemic is serving as a catalyst for wellness and wellbeing, Mia Kyricos tells StarrCast


Lisa Starr, principal of Wynne Business and 35-year spa and wellness industry veteran, has launched the StarrCast podcast, interviewing wellness professionals about their career path.
FEATURE: Insight: Hindsight 2020


Mia Kyricos looks at the harsh lessons that spas can learn from the last year
MORE NEWS
Basic-Fit trials corporate wellness drive across its Spanish clubs
Basic-Fit has signed up to trial the Wellhub network across its recently expanded Spanish network, giving access to subscribers and enabling them to use all 152 of its Spanish clubs.
Six Senses La Sagesse launches with lagoon-fronted spa inspired by Caribbean fishing villages
Six Senses has announced the grand opening of its first-ever property and spa in the Caribbean, called Six Senses La Sagesse.
US$60m Zion Canyon Hot Springs project breaks ground in Southern Utah
A brand new desert hot springs oasis, called Zion Canyon Hot Springs, is set to open in Southern Utah in Q3 of 2025.
Dedicated recovery clubs tipped to become a trend
Recovery, social wellness and longevity were talking points at the recent PerformX Live, tipped by many speakers as upcoming trends, while the exhibition halls featured infrared saunas, compression therapy and ice baths.
Research: Kundalini yoga provides cognitive benefits to postmenopausal women at risk of Alzheimer's
A new study by UCLA Health found Kundalini yoga provided several benefits to cognition and memory for older women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
New lakeside spa oasis set to open at The Ritz-Carlton-Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Luxury lakeside retreat The Ritz-Carlton-Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia, US, is gearing up to unveil its new-look destination spa this May following a comprehensive makeover.
+ More news   
 
FEATURED SUPPLIERS

Crafting luxury: Beltrami Linen's bespoke spa solutions
Beltrami Linen’s approach to the world of spa is underpinned by a strong emphasis on bespoke design, where close collaboration with customers and their designers is always of the utmost importance. [more...]

Spa and wellness industry to reunite at Forum HOTel&SPA 2024
The 16th edition of the esteemed international spa and hospitality industry event, Forum HOTel&SPA, is rapidly approaching, promising an immersive experience for attendees. [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
SKINHAPTICS

Founded by biochemist Sandrine Dahan in 2010 in Paris, Skinhaptics is an expert French skincare br [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

22-24 Apr 2024

UK Aufguss Championships

Galgorm Resort, York,
23-25 Apr 2024

ISPA Conference 2024

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, United States
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS