Dream Weaver

Jean-Michel Gathy has designed some of the world’s most luxurious spas and hotels. The architect-designer spoke to Brenda McCormick about balancing logic and creativity in his work and the future of luxury travel.

The spa at the Aman New York, one of Jean-Michel Gathy’s current projects

If you ever find yourself in the market for a luxury hotel (with a spa of dreams) there is only one person to call to create it for you: Jean-Michel Gathy.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the renowned Belgian architect has worked in the upper realms of the luxury hospitality industry for decades. He is responsible for creating some of the world’s top leisure destinations and spas – not to mention more than a few ...