BEST SPA IN ITALY FOR: FAMILY TIME
Set amid olive groves, this striking limestone compound is the ideal place for a multi-generational reunion. Families are welcomed at the Borgo village, a huddle of elegant two-storey townhouses far enough away from the main hotel that a kid’s tantrum is not going to upset anyone. A comprehensive kids’ club offering also means you can escape to the cool, cavernous Vair spa that’s buried deep in the belly of the hotel. The spa programme is ambitious; they want to change negative mindsets, maximism happiness and get you fitter. The new, ‘Muvt’ programme (available for three or six days) comes from the Puglian phrase ‘move yourself’ and helps guests reconnect with nature with a selection of mindful sessions, happiness workshops that include singing, dancing classes, and outdoor training.
Address: Borgo Egnazia, Strada Comunale Egnazia, 72010, 72015 Savelletri, Italy
BEST SPA IN ITALY FOR IMPROVING FITNESS
The Forte family’s sun-soaked Sicilian estate has a sporty laidback vibe. Come spring 2022, Irene Forte, founder of the eponymous skincare line that uses Verdura’s homegrown ingredients (almonds, oranges and aloe) in its formulas, will have her name above the door of the spa. Guests can dip into an impressive menu of treatments that sway between hands-on healing and the latest technical wizardry. Don’t miss the Etna Age Defying Facial, a workout with knuckling massage and lymphatic drainage using stones from the volcano to lift and brighten the face. For those looking to dig deep, structured wellness programmes offer the services of a personal trainer, nutritionist and Osteopath. There is also an action-packed fitness offering; tennis, hiking and kite surfing are juxtaposed with soaks in Thalasso pools that help with everything from skin conditions to joint pain. Indeed, even NASA astronauts are said to reap the benefits of thalassotherapy to regain their balance after time in space.
Address: Verdura Resort, 92019 Sciacca, Sicilly, Italy