05th September 2008
The new trend of mixing business with wellness has arrived in Italy and Space Hotels is ready for it. For many years now, American companies, especially new generation hi-tech ones, have been making the workplace more relaxing and in tune with human biological rhythms. Buildings that house offices and laboratories now have gyms, relaxation rooms and even swimming pools. Company premises often have large green spaces where people can even play golf in between project planning and brainstorming. Inspired by this trend, Space-affiliated hotels are offering cutting-edge wellness centres along with their conference rooms. People can now discuss business while having a sauna or dedicate time to their physical and mental health, following on a model that is now common in companies.
From north to south, Space Hotels offers a wide selection of hotels that mix the pleasures of a spa with the duties of business.
The Hotel Victoria, located on a quiet pedestrian street in the cultural and commercial heart of Turin, is just a few steps from the city's restaurants, theatres and museums. The hotel has 106 guestrooms with personalised and unique interior design and furnishings. Iside, its wellness centre, has a heated swimming pool, hydromassage baths, a sauna, a Turkish bath, a roman bath with a frigidarium, emotional showers, a relaxation area and an herbal tearoom. The hotel's two meeting rooms can seat groups of up to 35 people and are fully-equipped with videoprojectors, whiteboards, microphones and sound systems.
Work becomes a holiday at the Rizzi Aquacharme in Boario Terme. The Ninfea, Elodea, Lotus and Talia meeting rooms are fully-equipped with cutting-edge technology and high-grade soundproofing, making them ideal for all types of business events. The hotel's exclusive wellness centre is the perfect place to discover body-mind harmony. The two-storey complex has a swimming pool, a Kneipp hydrotherapy path, emotional showers (cold mist, tropical rain and summer storm), a sauna, a steambath, a gym area, an herbal tearoom, relaxation and beauty treatment rooms, and a relaxation area to optimise benefits derived from treatments.
The province of Pisa has two Space-affiliated establishments. The Calamidoro Hotel, which has a main building and a second, picturesque structure similar to a medieval village, called Il Borgo. The hotel has three meeting rooms, the Boccaccio that seats 130 people, the Teatro that seats 80 and the Meridiana that seats 30. Guests have access to the wellness centre, which offers complete, personalised treatments. The Calamidoro also has a swimming pool, a golf course and an archery field.
The Green Park Resort, a popular national and international tourist destination, is located on the Tyrrhenian seaside surrounded by ancient pine trees. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools (one with a hot tub), two tennis courts for day-time and night-time play, and a two-storey wellness centre with highly-trained, professional staff. The ground floor houses: a thermarium, a Turkish bath, a sauna, chromo-aromatic showers, cold baths, hydromassage baths, an anti-current swimming pool, a Kneipp hydrotherapy path and a large, heated indoor swimming pool decorated with tiled mosaics and waterfalls. On the first floor, there are 11 treatment rooms, a solarium terrace, a bar and a fitness room.
The Hotel Parma & Congressi offers conference hospitality with a high level of organisation, quality and logistics. The heart of the conference centre is the 450-seat Auditorium Verdi on the ground floor, the design of which was inspired by a traditional two-storey theatre. It has a control room, excellent acoustics and is illuminated, similarly to the entire conference area, by large windows with a view onto open, green spaces. The centre has 10 other meeting rooms equipped with sound systems and both telephone and internet connections. All the rooms are linked to each other and the auditorium through intranet, audio and video connections. There is also a business centre, an internet point and reception areas. For relaxation, there is a fitness club, an outdoor swimming pool, a summer solarium and a golf practice green.
The Hotel des Nations in Riccione offers wellness through its therapies based on flowers along with other traditional methods. Its wellness philosophy has given rise to guestrooms and other spaces designed on the principles of bio-architecture. Guests are also guaranteed a relaxing stay thanks to the use of chromotherapy and aromathology.
The Hotel Ambasciatori in Rimini has four spaces for meetings and conferences: the Quarzo room that seats 200 people; the Ametista room that seats 80; the Giada room that seats 30; and the Topazio that seats 12 people. For the relaxation of its guests, the hotel has a wellness area, a fitness centre and a swimming pool.
The T Hotel in Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia, has a wellness centre called the T Spa. It offers guests a large hydrotherapy pool with six types of hydromassage jets, a steambath, emotional showers, chromotherapy and an herbal tearoom. The fitness centre offers cardiofitness workouts and an innovative vibrating treadmill. The hotel has a selection of business spaces that can meet many client needs. There are three meeting rooms and four modular rooms with natural lighting and cutting-edge audiovisual technology that can host up to 700 people in an area of 175 m2. There is also an exhibition area.
The Hotel Il Piccolo Castello in Monteriggioni, in the province of Siena, is well prepared for conferences with its modular Fantastici room, which can be divided into four fully-soundproofed and fully-equipped spaces that can seat up 180 people. The hotel's beauty centre has a solarium, a hydromassage pool, a sauna and offers personalised esthetic treatments.
The Hotel Savoy in Pesaro is located in a quiet, shady central area near the seaside and the city's most important monuments. The silent guestrooms have a balcony, a sea view and a hydromassage tub. The hotel also offers a solarium, beach cabins and sailboats. The conference centre has modular rooms suitable for meetings, seminars, fashion shows and exhibitions.
In 2008, to offer its guests an unforgettable and relaxing stay, the Regina Palace in Stresa opened its wellness centre with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a massage service.
The hotel Federico II in Jesi is about to open its new wellness centre. It will have both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a tepidarium, a Turkish bath, a sauna, a thalassotherapy room and a thalassotherapy pool, as well as offer body and face treatments. For business meetings, the hotel has the modular Sala Musicisti space, which can be divided into three rooms, an auditorium and five small meeting rooms.
The Hotel Silva Splendid Congress & Spa in Fiuggi has recently opened its spa, which offers thermal treatments, esthetic treatments and fitness equipment, as well as yoga, exercise and Pilates lessons. For business meetings, the hotel has three large spaces, the 295-m2 Sala delle Ginestre, the 175-m2 Sala dei Faggi and the 150-m2 Sala dei Tigli, along with several smaller rooms.
The uniquely beautiful island of Ischia is home to the Hotel Carlo Magno and its esthetic centre called Beauty Venus, which offers relaxing face and body treatments including energizing and rejuvenating masks for younger-looking skin, treatments for both oily and dry skin, removal of both blackheads and hyperpigmentation.
The RegioHotel Manfredi in Manfredonia, in the region of Apulia, welcomes both leisure and business guests, groups, meetings, conferences and receptions. The hotel is in a quiet, relaxing location near the tourist attractions of the Gargano area. It opened its wellness centre in 2008.
Space Hotels, the Italian branch of the Supranational Hotels group, has more than 100 three to five star hotels in 60 cities throughout the country. The entire Supranational chain offers more than 1,000 hotels in 75 nations and over 500 cities, which can be reached through 21 reservation offices, the GDS (code SX) or the Internet at www.spacehotels.it. The Space Hotels offer includes: work or holiday stays with interesting special rates; organisation of meetings and conferences; fine cuisine by some of the best Italian chefs; relaxation, massages and saunas in elegant spas and wellness centres.
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