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Nadia Dabbakeh and Connie Dufner | Photo: Courtesy Image | May 20, 2013
Three Dallas hotels take on chic new expansions.
While it is but one element of the Joule-ification of downtown Dallas, long-anticipated ESPA is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated. Who wouldn’t welcome another downtown spa, especially one billed as the brand’s flagship spa in the United States? The 8,000-square-foot subterranean space, designed by Adam D. Tihany, carries forward the energy theme of the Joule. Throughout there is an interplay of heat, water, minerals, crystals and rock—all combined with soothing fabrics in shades ranging from blues and greens to taupe, amber and gray. Facilities include four treatment rooms, a nail studio, and a unisex “vitality pool” with built-in loungers and shoulder massage. Signature treatments are The Joule, a 110-minute journey to balance energy centers in the body, and Earth Inspired, also 110 minutes, which includes a ginger root exfoliation, deep massage and oil pour to the forehead. Add some shopping and a stroll through the $78 million expansion of the historic building, and you’ll look no further to find your bliss. 1530 Main St., thejouledallas.com
The Lumen has debuted a new art collection of photography, printing and sculpture, curated by John Runyon, placed throughout the public spaces and grounds of the hotel. Pieces include mod botanical photography by Dorinth Doherty, NASA aerials of major U.S. cities at night and the Lumen Light Team, 24 mirrored stainless steel sculptures by Dallas artist Brad Oldham, whimsically designed to represent the people you’d find at a hotel, such as Olivia the concierge and Yates the butler. 6101 Hillcrest Ave., hotellumen.com
The hotel most known for its zebra print Rock Star suite is going calm and serene with The Bungalows. Two buildings housing 12 bungalows in the historic State Thomas hood are modern seaside meets New Orleans courtyard, complete with wrought-iron gates, lush greenery, gas lanterns and brick-paved walkways. Guests will have hotel amenities, plus private entrances, parking, patios and even kitchens. ZaZa President Benji Homsey and owner Charlie Givens had had their eye on the ZaZa adjacent property for a good six years, and when the “for sale” sign went up, they snapped it up and started building. Book for the June opening and plan to ride the new decked-out ZaZa golf cart to the pool for a glass of Veuve Clicquot. 2232 Leonard St., hotelzaza.com