Schmidt Hammer Lassen oversees The Thief Hotel’s new spa

The Thief Hotel launched its new spa concept in Oslo. Designed by Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, with added design touches by Anemone Wille-Våge (also responsible for the interiors of the hotel), the spa is said to adhere to the principles of clean Nordic design since the Thief Spa actually takes its aesthetic inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Norwegian landscape.

Located in an adjacent building, near the Oslo fjord, a private glass elevator ushers guests to an underground walkway. The 8,611-square-foot space features a pool, sauna, steam room and Hammam – Oslo’s first – as well as six treatment rooms and a fully equipped gym. This is the city’s largest spa.

The spa's central fixture is a 12-meter swimming pool, with lighting transitioning from blue to red to green. There are small ceiling lights, as well as poolside loungers. Also, in use are natural materials of slate and wood.


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Thief Hamam, Oslo’s only hamam, is a sanctuary for the ancient Turkish bathing ritual. There is a water-drenched room with a heated marble slab. Similarly, private treatments are available for booking.

In the sauna, German and Finnish spa cultures merge with the classical Aufguss technique of pouring water and essential oils on hot rocks. There is a steam room, where an aromatherapy-infused mist and high humidity provide varied health benefits.

For the first time in Norway, Sensory Sky showers by Dornbracht will be on offer, providing a choreography of rain, fog, light and fragrance to clean and cool.

For fitness, there is the Thief Gym, which includes a range of cardio machines, offering an on-screen platform to offer virtual training options across several different motivational environments.

Highlighting Turkish, Moroccan and Japanese elements of wellness, the spa offers a range of treatments, from traditional facials and massages, for both men and women, to tailor-made options to suit any therapeutic need.

Thief Spa uses beauty and wellness products from around the world, including German brand Babor, Voya, French brand Carita, and Priori’s range of products.

The Thief Hotel is part of the Design Hotels brand, which represents and markets a curated selection of 260 independent hotels in over 50 countries across the globe.

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