The Merchant of Venice, the brand of artistic perfumery closely related to Venice and its history, opens its first SPA inside the exclusive Venetian resort, San Clemente Palace Kempinski. The resort, a few minutes by boat from St. Mark's Square, is located on a private island that bears the same name.
The Merchant of Venice SPA is the first wellness area to offer treatments and massages with oils created by The Merchant of Venice. Their formulae are based on ancient Oriental recipes imported over the centuries to Venice by its merchants. Essential oils such as sandalwood, jojoba and bergamot, combined with room fragrances inspired by aromatherapy, invite one to enjoy a true "sensory journey between Venice and the Orient," by generating a deep feeling of relaxation and regeneration of both body and mind.
The elegant SPA covers two floors of a building adjacent to the hotel, reopened in 2016 by Kempinski, a historic brand of luxury accommodation. In its 380 square meters, it includes a moisturising area – Finnish Sauna, Turkish Bath, and Emotive Showers - a relaxing lounge, a wellness area and four treatment rooms.
In the SPA Suite guests are able to indulge themselves in a pure luxury experience. It is a haven for two people, intimate and exclusive, entirely dedicated to regenerating both mind and body. A large map of the Venetian Mude enables guests to imagine their souls and senses are journeying along ancient Venetian sea-routes. The treatment, Journey to Cyprus for two, uses the relaxing and toning properties of the noble Mocenigo Rose, an ancient species imported from central China to Venice and "rediscovered" anew by The Merchant of Venice. The massage for two with the essential oil of this rose is anticipated by a romantic bath enriched by its petals.
Each treatment is thoroughly studied to guide body and mind to the discovery of the Venetian perfumery tradition. The Aromatherapy Massage, based on exclusive essential oils that revive the vitality of the body, and the Rosa Mocenigo Massage, fascinating with its rare and noble notes, are only two of the many body treatments that regenerate both physical and mental well-being.
The sandal essential oil, known for centuries for its anti-stress action, is the main ingredient in the re-equilibration treatment of La Rotta di Marco Polo. The bergamot, also called the Gold of Italy given its calming and relaxing properties, is used for water-reduction massage. The treatment, The Secrets of Isabella Cortese, is inspired by an ancient recipe book of cosmetic secrets; due to the properties of lavender essential oil, this treatment helps to reduce stress and harmonise the body.
Another unique treatment is the Face Gold-Treatment. Since antiquity, gold has been the symbol of beauty: it was applied to the skin to make it glow. Recent studies have demonstrated the exceptional anti-ageing properties of gold, which generate brightness, smooths-out wrinkles, and attenuates dark circles.
The innovative and luxurious full-body treatment, Splendor Antiage by The Merchant of Venice, is based on eleven 24K gold leaves, applied to the skin along with two pre- and post-treatment serums based on vitamin E. The golden leaves are handmade by the artist, Mario Berta, who works in the heart of Venice.
The Natura Bissé face and body treatments complete the richness on offer at the SPA.
The Merchant of Venice SPA is integrated into the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, which offers sport and wellness experiences that are unique in Venice. The century-old park on the island of San Clemente houses one of the few heated outdoor swimming pools in Venice, a golf course, and a tennis court, plus a 1.5 Km. jogging trail with a unique view of the lagoon. The lush gardens are the ideal frame for the various yoga exercises taught by experienced trainers. In Summer, the Summerhouse Experience combines the benefits of The Merchant of Venice SPA treatments with the harmonious atmosphere of nature, generating moments of total abandonment for the mind and regenerative pleasures for the body.
The Merchant of Venice SPA, through its expert and experienced staff, is able to accommodate and satisfy the wishes of the resort's guests as well as those of visiting guests, (who can also enjoy the services on the island through their San Clemente Palace Kempinski VIP Membership Card).
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