Rome’s modern garden oasis
4 Treatment Rooms
Although the ancients made relaxation an art, Rome has long been in need of an in-city oasis — enter Spa My Blend by Clarins at Gran Meliá Rome. Formerly a convent built on the grounds of a villa belonging to Emperor Nero’s mom, Agrippina, the luxury hotel is faithful to Roman relaxation with its expansive wellness compound.
It’s rare to find a spacious indoor-outdoor getaway in central Rome (especially one with an alfresco pool scene) and you can bet Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina makes the most of its special spot in the city. The spa is complemented by multiple fragrant botanical gardens and designated areas made for lounging.
After your treatments, head outside and meander the property’s two acres of verdant gardens, ideal for a mindful stroll. The beautiful pool and Jacuzzi area are nestled in its terraced gardens, making this spot a true oasis in Rome.
It’s quite easy to forget the chaos of Rome once you walk in to the luxury spa. The all-white, sleek reception area is naturally illuminated and free of clutter. Each of its four treatment rooms are white enclaves of luminosity, emitting the overall vibe of Spa My Blend by Clarins — relaxing renewal.
The spa complex features luxe amenities, including a sauna and Turkish bath, a fitness area, sensorial showers (therapeutic shower stalls of alternating hot and cold sprays). For those with an eye for water therapy, the relaxation lounge looks out over the outdoor vitality pool, which is heated to a consistent 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit and is ready for a dip in any month of the year.
The treatment menu at the Rome spa is quite lengthy and includes hydrotherapy, facials, massages, scrubs, wraps and salon services all under the guidance of multilingual experts. Should you not be able to decide on which service to get, the spa staff is at the ready to create bespoke treatments that creatively combine massage and other techniques.
No doubt, the spa is skin-obsessed, a rather important trait in Rome, a city of beautiful sunshine and harmful rays. It is one of the few in Europe that uses My Blend by Clarins’ exclusive rejuvenation products. Booking a facial? Expect an hour-long diagnosis and a suggested skin-care regimen to maintain your glow.