One of the very big pluses
for non-Italians who visit this Italian spa is that it is
exactly that -- an Italian spa. All activities and lectures
are in Italian and while there is always somebody to translate,
this is a splendid opportunity for immersion into the language,
food and the culture. I was delighted to be called ‘Signora’
and had great fun practicing the few Italian phrases I knew
on anybody who would listen.
Meals at the spa’s Ristorante
Villa Montepaldi are a study in elegance. Classical music
plays quietly in the background. Large oil paintings and gilt-edged
mirrors grace the walls. Green potted plants stand on gleaming
marble floors and gold embossed tablecloths grace the tables.
The staff wear white jackets trimmed with gold braid; the
service is impeccable, the choice of foods--wonderful and
healthy. The spa’s motto seems to be, eat well but eat wisely;
try everything in moderation. At breakfast, local cheeses
and yogurt sit alongside bran cereal, baked pears, biscotti
and Parma ham. At lunch and dinner, local wines are readily
available, the antipasto table groans with choices and there
is a salad bar heaped with fresh produce.
This standard of elegance
and comfort is reflected in the guest rooms as well. Linens
are changed daily, a thick white terry robe and slippers are
laid out for you, there’s a hairdryer in every unit and a
heated towel rack in every bathroom. The shutters on the windows
combined with the spa’s thick stone walls allow for an absolute
stillness at night. I slept like a baby.
Terme di Saturnia is
not simply a spa. It is a health club, an aesthetics center,
an excellent restaurant, an elegant resort hotel and a wonderful
immersion into Italian culture. It is truly “la dolce vita.”
Ed. note: For further
information and wonderful photos of the spa, please visit
their website at : www.termedisaturnia.com.