The spa becomes a design location

From Hotel Armani to Espace Vitalité Chenot: wellness centres are becoming design locations

There are many structures dedicated to wellness which have made design a point of strength. The development of many spas has been assigned to firms and designers of international fame in order to create particular settings, far from the classic idea of a beauty centre and closer to the idea of a fashionable and trendy club. In recent years, resorts and SPAs have significantly raised the level of services offered to their clients, creating a modern, engaging and relaxing feel in all senses for the different areas. Not only massages and 5-star treatments, but also special surroundings which adopt unique stylistic concepts or which pay homage to the natural beauties in which the structures are situated.

Maximum attention to details and top-class treatments

The spas which have paid particular attention to the design of their spaces generally form part of very prestigious and well-known luxury complexes at international level and are often situated in important, trendy cities. This is the case for Armani Spa in the Armani Hotel in Milan, an incredible place, where every detail inevitably recalls the years of art deco and the refined taste associated with the iconic Made in Italy fashion brand. The special treatments with hot stones or the Thai massages are particularly worth trying.

Arabian Nights atmosphere and massages in the latest style

Another setting which once experienced is never forgotten is the Mamounia Spa in Marrakech in Morocco, where the furnishings enchant and astonish, transporting tourists into a fairy-tale Arabian Nights atmosphere. The hammam, with its mosaics and stuccos, is a definite must. Then, across the ocean, we can’t forget the fashionable Spa at the Viceroy Miami Hotel in the United States, a popular port of call for those who appreciate an essential style and total white; loved by VIPs from all over the world, also for the fantastic cocktails served during your stay, it’s a must for everybody who wants to feel truly trendy.

Spas located in unique Italian panoramas

There are other design wellness centres, situated in places much less famous and less frequented by high society but which are, nevertheless, no less beautiful. Examples include the Verdura Golf & SPA Resort in Sciacca, Sicily, where you can breathe in the sea air and enjoy massages between a round of golf and a dive into the swimming pool, or the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa in Conca dei Marini, near Salerno, a magic place where you can enjoy really special thermal baths and a spectacular view of the Amalfi coast.

In the Mountains for complete relaxation

Some of the best spas are not only found at the sea, but also in the mountains: the “Der Kirchenwirt in Reith im Alpbachtal” hotel in Austria has a marvellous wellness centre with a view of the Alps. Situated in a lovely village, in a small valley between Kitzbuehel and the Rofangebirge mountains, the structure has an excellent spa, including covered swimming pool, relaxation area, Turkish bath, sauna, sensory showers, salt massages and solarium. To guarantee a welcoming atmosphere, which perfectly matches the surrounding natural landscape, this hotel with a typical Tyrol feel, has opted for stone-effect flooring from Ceramiche Coem’s QUARTZ collection. The texture of this series, installed with a continuous design, recalls natural stone, perfectly matching the colours and atmosphere of the local tradition, combining style, quality and safety. The ceramic tiles in the covered swimming pool area don’t stop at floor level, but almost totally cover the structural pillars as well as the steps. It’s a really unique environment to visit in order to enjoy a holiday characterized by nature and wellness.