Located next to the iconic new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, THE THIEF overlooks the canals of Tjuvholmen and the Oslofjord, with most of its 119 bespoke rooms offering brilliant waterfront views.
The hotel announced the opening of its new spa which takes its aesthetic inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Norwegian landscape. The 800-sqm space features a pool, sauna, steam room and hamam – the Oslo’s first – as well as six treatment rooms and a fully equipped gym. As the city’s largest spa, the scene is set to slip away from the everyday and ease into a world of wellness, rest and relaxation. At the meeting point of the peninsula Tjuvholmen and the fjord, where the sea and Nordic light reign, take respite in the rituals from around the world, where centuries of practice are united.
Designed by Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, with added design touches by Anemone Wille-Våge – also responsible for interiors of the hotel – the spa adheres to the principles of clean Nordic design. Located in an adjacent building, mere meters from the mighty Oslo fjord, a private glass elevator ushers guests to an underground walkway, expertly preventing any lobby blushings.
Taking center stage in the serene space is a 12-meter swimming pool, with lighting transitioning from blue to red to green. Swim under a celestial sky of small ceiling lights and the warm glow of candlelight, or contemplate the Nordic skyline inspirations from the poolside loungers. Elegance and sophistication combine with natural materials of slate and wood, creating a rooted-sense of calm and indulgent luxury.
THIEF HAMAM, Oslo’s only hamam, is a sanctuary for the ancient Turkish bathing ritual. A water-drenched room and a heated marble slab is the locale for exotic relaxations, with private treatments bookable to scrub away the day’s stresses. In the sauna, the best of German and Finnish spa cultures merge with the classical Aufguss technique of pouring water and essential oils on hot rocks. Those seeking the damper option are invited into the spacious steam room, where an aromatherapy-infused mist and high humidity provide varied health benefits, and a dewy glow. For the first time in Norway, Sensory Sky showers by Dornbracht will be on offer – with a complex choreography of rain, fog, light and fragrance to cleanse and cool. Not forgetting the fitness element of the wellness concept, THIEF GYM includes a range of cardio machines, featuring an on-screen platform offering virtual training options across several different motivational environments.
Highlighting Turkish, Moroccan and Japanese elements of wellness, the spa offers a diverse range of treatments, from traditional facials and massages, for both men and women, to tailor-made options to suit any therapeutic need. Bringing the Moroccan tradition of Rhassoul home to THIEF SPA, volcanic mud brought in from the foot of the Atlas Mountains is applied in the steam room. For detoxifying, the Laminaria Algae facial uses algae handpicked from the Irish coast.