The Wellness Centre

with Doug Patterson

The centre will predominantly be used by international guests in the search of holistic Vedic relaxation and wellbeing.

Ayurveda, the traditional ancient medicine from the Vedas is regaining recognition for its results on control of our health and is proving a good counterbalance for the unhealthy conditions created by modern life. According to Ayurveda there are three different categories of personalities (doshas); these are affected by modern lifestyle creating stress and imbalance.

A course of treatment at the centre will start by guests being examined, diagnosed and prescribed a treatment based on the authentic philosophy of the Vedas to rebalance the doshas. The treatments are fourfold and consist of diet, massage, yoga and thalassotherapy.


Diet is integral to practicing a well-balanced ayurvedic lifestyle. Ayurveda recognises six main tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent, which are combined in different proportions in accordance to the diagnosis made by the practitioner in order to help rebalance your doshas.


Ayurvedic massage contributes to destress, relaxation, detox and improves general wellbeing.  A variety of massage programmes will be available to improve the individuals doshas including body and face massages, steam treatments and oil and paste applications.

Massages will be practiced daily with routine to be adjusted accordingly to the progress.


Yoga enforces good posture, vitality and balance if practiced regularly. It incorporates exercise, breathing techniques, posture alignment, relaxation and meditation. In turn, yoga unifies the mind and body allowing them to harmonise together.

In the centre there will be individual and group yoga practices. Participants will be grouped according to their experience and fitness level.


The ancient Vedic water practice is a way to let go of mental negativities and restore energy. Water has the power to cleanse, not only physically but most importantly mentally, enabling the guests to let go of their modern-day stress. Sea water can be used due to its beneficial properties on pores and skin.


The accommodation will include 24 ensuite rooms and 4 superior rooms. The wellbeing centre will also offer day-long treatments for visitors using the spa facilities without staying at the centre.

According to the Ayurvedic ideas the centre design will be informed by five elements interrelated with the five senses and correlated to each other.

  1. Ether/space relates to the mouth, nostrils, respiratory tract and sound. Therefore, a bright and airy space could be implemented throughout public areas of the spa.
  2. Air corresponds to the lungs, intestines, cell movement and touch. This can be referenced by natural textures, wood and stone, vegetation and a fluidity of external and internal spaces throughout the design.
  3. Earth manifests itself in bones, nails, teeth, muscles, skin and hair which could suggest that green spaces could be directly linked to small private areas such as bathrooms and living rooms.
  4. Water is linked to taste, digestion and saliva. The sound produced by the movement of water helps to relax and improve body functions.
  5. Fire relates to digestion, metabolism, intelligence and sight.  Views into the vegetable gardens and produce of the earth will be featured.

The experience of contrasts: light and darkness, introverted and extroverted, social and solitude, an architecture of simple lines helps in developing silence contrasting to the modern life we are trying to counterbalance.


The integration with nature will be pursued allowing architectural forms to permeate into the landscape and the landscape to penetrate the building.


The most exclusive accommodation will be provided by individual villas which will act as separate microcosms ensuring privacy and seclusion.


The proposed centre will harmonise and breath with nature by incorporating passive and active energy principles.

Passive energy systems will be embedded within the design, such as orientation, natural ventilation, green roofs, thermal masses and inertia.

Active energy systems such as wind energy, rainwater collection, photovoltaic panels and solar panels will be implemented in order to reduce the buildings carbon emissions.

Local materials are to be used during construction to reduce carbon footprint. The use of recycled materials also helps on the same direction.

health / hospitality
goa, india

5,000 m2
53,787 ft2 

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