Watercourse Way has eight private hot tub rooms, but there is only one One Pine. The peaceful room is my personal favorite (though Six Dragonflies across the hall is a close second), with its large wooden hot tub, spacious sauna and invigorating cold plunge.
The amenities are wonderful in One Pine, but I’ve always marveled at the incredible artistry that went into the room as well. The sauna, on the right as you enter, features a beautiful glass-and-wood door and includes a curved glass panel. The glass work was done by artist Bill Empy of Emp’s Graphic Eye (you can spot other contributions from Empy throughout the building, such as the manta ray design in room Nine Bats).
The earth-toned slate tiles that adorn the room are also stunning. A variety of textured tiles surround the hot tub and cold plunge, and the skylight vault is set with individual glass mosaics. The tiles are from Pat McIntosh of Walker Zanger. An alabaster Buddha sits beside the cold plunge, tying the room together with pure zenergy.
In a city dubbed Palo Alto (“tall tree”), it’s fitting that one of Watercourse Way’s private hot tub rooms shares a similar moniker. If you haven’t had the chance to visit One Pine yourself, give it a try. It’s one to remember.
– Tyler Hanley
Watercourse Way staff