Tag Archives: Italy

Vigilius Mountain Resort Spa – South Tyrol, Italy

21 Feb

This year is proving quite fun no?  Thanks for accompanying us to our sixth spa this year the Vigilius Mountain Resort in Tyrol, Italy.  A secluded mountain spa retreat is the perfect apres Valentine’s surprise for our sweeties, don’t ya think?

Oh look, here comes the gondola.  Isn’t it supercool that this or a crisp hike up the mountain are the ONLY ways to the resort and only guests & staff are allowed?

Check out this architecture!  The clean lines are making me feel more serene already!  I wonder if architect Matteo Thun makes US housecalls? He has been quoted saying that Vigilius is a treehouse like retreat & we agree!

The piazza with free-standing fireplace is a stunning combo of locally sourced larchwood walls (which smell divine) & silver quartz floor.  Red curtains & furniture beckon.  No way, we’re ready to see our room.


Ciao simplicity! Check out that view of the Dolomites! The unadorned furniture, good lighting, lots of wood and a free standing clay wall are orchestrated to cradle us and to draw our eye to that view.  Did we mention the Frette sheets?  We may never leave.

A surefire remedy to post flight leg cramps, we scheduled our 1st treatment in the Paradise Garden.  And it’s a Vigilius specialty called Phytomassopodia.  Say that five times fast!

PHP Phytomassopodia (trademarked) is a foot treatment researched by Prof. G Mazzocco based on the studies of kinesiology, physiotherapy, podiatry, thermal medicine and aromatherapy.  An hour incorporating peeling, massage, cold/warm wraps, algae and PMP herb prepartaions     Improves circulation, cramps and muscle pains and activates inner organs.

Fancy a swim anyone?  How about a lounge by the fireplace?

Pool view from the lounge chair!

Refreshed we felt like giving archery a go.  Who knew it was such a good arm workout?  Mine are numb!  Watch out Robin Hood!

There is no “official” gym at Vigilius.  Hurray!  Instead, the grounds are your playground.  Hike, snowshoe, ski, play Boccia ball or schedule a session with their personal trainer.  We are dying to try the Five Tibetans: five poses said to extend youth & vitality.

All that exercise calls for a roll in the hay!  One of Vigilius’ signature treatments calls for hay comprised of Tyrolean mountain herbs which are said to invigorate & increase circulation.  We can’t wait to try the Apple & Polenta scrub either!

A nightcap of design books in the Vigilius library conjures designer spa dreams to end our day.

SpaHome It!

We hope you enjoyed your day at Vigilius.  Follow along the rest of the week for:

-A DIY version of the Polenta Apple Peel

-Eco-friendly bathroom decor inspired by Vigilius

-Ideas for your own meditation spot (for those without space for an entire room to devote to it like at Vigilius)

-A video lesson on how to do the Five Tibetans

Live, Love and Lounge, Candy

*Images courtesy Vigilius Mountain Resort



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Ciao Bella: Spa Italian Style

9 Nov

FIRST A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Next week 11/17 #SpaWeekGossip becomes #SpaGossip. Everything else is the same, just the hashtag has changed.

Capri Palace my Fave Italian Spa

Get out your suitcase, grab a glass of chianti and pull up a plate of pasta. . . or should I say Spa-sta? This week’s #spagossip focuses on spa & beauty in Italy. Not only do several of our experts have Italian blood in them (yours truly included), but @SpaWeek will tweet live from Italy. Find out why we amore:

Spectacular Italian Spas

Italian women’s anti-aging & skin secrets

Looking molto bella with The Boot‘s best beauty brands

Cooking up some delicioso Italian recipes

Decorating your #SpaHome Italian Style

How to throw your own Spa Around the World Italian Spa Night

What: SpaWeek & Art of the Spa’s #SpaWeekGossip

When: Wednesday, November 10th, 2 pm EST / 11 am PAC

Where: On Twitter with hashtag #SpaWeekGossip or

For easier chatting (hashtag entered automatically for you) tweet on:

Tweetchat.com http://tweetchat.com/room/spaweekgossip

Topic: Ciao Bella – Spa Italian Style

Who: @spaweek @artofthespa & YOU!

Spanelists: @spaheiress @reddoorspas @candydye

See you there!

Michelle (Spa Week Daily) & Candy (Art of the Spa)