The center of an orange and olive garden is a lush setting for anything I can think of & even better – a spa. In the midst of such a place in Sorrento, Italy (the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in fact) – resides the Boutique Spa La Serra.
Focusing on well-being & beauty, La Serra is housed inside the hotel’s renovated greenhouse & even has a signature treatment that pays homage to it’s locale:
Orange Garden This treatment begins with an aromatic massage with highly natural orange essential oil, followed by a scalp massage and a Jacuzzi orange bath. After some relaxation with a herbal tea, it finishes with a fantastic foot massage.
What I love most about the spa’s design are the decks that spill off of the spa into the garden. Perfect for R&R following the Orange Garden treatment. The furniture & fauna take a square deck from plain to decadent.
Bringing it Home
My guess is that most of us don’t have outdoor space even remotely resembling an orange & olive grove in Italy. But, I’ll bet many of you (myself included) have neighbors and other distractions that detract from creating a rejuvenating outdoor space.
Here are some takeaways to inspire a cozy place to canoodle:
– Focus on the seating – note the small table & large lounges. Keep the wood in warm tones – think Cedar, Teak or Cypress. And keep cushions/fabrics neutral. Stay away from large tables that invite work & create space between people.
Check out Frontgate for an awesome selection of outdoor furnishings.
– Use an umbrella to define the lounging spot & block out the sun and noise.
– Plant tall bushes around the patio for privacy & noise control. I would add potted orange trees like these from Williams Sonoma
for fragrance too!
Til next time, Live, Love and Lounge, Candy