$150 Million Members Only Wellness Club Opens In Melbourne
Ancient bathhouse aesthetics meet high-tech wellness in Rich Lister Tim Gurner’s members only health club, Saint Haven.
Property developer Tim Gurner puts his idiosyncratic signature on every project he touches. And now he’s set to redefine and reinvigorate the billion-dollar health and wellness sector.
Gurner’s new Saint Haven project differentiates itself from offerings like the smoothie-slinging Barry’s Bootcamp and the plethora of gyms, spin, yoga, rowing, pilates studios that clog any given city by bringing together areas of both physical fitness and wider personal health – all of which are offered via a members only format akin to Nick Jones’ Soho House.
Gurner touts the slick and centralised venture as “the ultimate private club that focuses on social connection and letting people live their ultimate life, with a huge focus on wellness and anti-ageing.”
Naturally, the focus on creating a like-minded community necessitated a rigorous five-stage membership process, which entailed interviews focused on prospective members’ commitment and goals, as well as whether they’d fit the desired culture at Saint Haven.
Memberships range from around $150 to more than $1000 per week, with each of the 500 originally offered already accounted for. The sense of community is furthered by the provision of Oura rings to each member, enabling the accompanying Saint Haven Members App to create personalised recommendations for workouts, nutrition, and recovery.
“While I can’t comment on the exact number of applications that we didn’t proceed with, it was a substantial number – we are very focused on curating a diverse group of members that will interact cohesively, as we bring together people from all different backgrounds,” says Gurner. “We wanted to create a luxury exclusive club where one day you might be sitting next to one of Australia’s leading banking executives, then a hip-hop musician or a local artist the next.”
Inspired by modern science and contemporary wisdom in equal measure, the Saint Haven offering caters to the eight core pillars of performance, strength, nutrition, treatment, anti-ageing, and recovery. Facilities and treatments on offer include a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, cryotherapy, red light therapy, IV infusions, and breathwork classes in the dedicated meditation cave.
There’s also a bar replete with supercharged—non-alcoholic, of course—tonics and concoctions, as well as a wholefoods restaurant with a menu curated by head chef Chad Lynch in consultation with nutritionist and personal trainer Luke Hines.
Each facet of Saint Haven employs a design-led approach, helmed by Gurner Group’s head Interior Design Director Simon Brugaletta, whose two decades of experience have spanned practices in Milan, Malta, and China. His time in Europe influenced the Saint Haven design, which adopts the balanced, harmonious forms found in Northern Italy’s ancient grottos and bathing houses.
Saint Haven opens its Melbourne doors this Thursday, with plans for the impressive concept to open in other Australian cities as well as Los Angeles.
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