A SPA on top of the La­fo­dia Re­sort

Area Wellness - - Case History - Di Gior­gio Bar­to­lo­muc­ci

Lo­pud island is one of the sou­thern Adria­tic group of islands and is lo­ca­ted ap­pro­xi­ma­te­ly 5 km nor­th­we­st from the port of Du­bro­v­nik. Cir­cu­lar bay bea­ch wi­th a layer of whi­te sand and clear wa­ter are ideal in­vi­ta­tions for eve­ry tou­ri­st. The island has 11.5km of coa­stli­ne, of whi­ch 1.20km are mar­vel­lous san­dy bea­ches: no cars are al­lo­wed on the island, for a na­tu­ral pa­ra­di­se that’s the only one of its kind in the world. Ho­tel La­fo­dia is sur­roun­ded by sea and by palm trees, and en­clo­sed in a mar­ve­lous na­tu­ral set­ting il­lu­mi­na­ted by re­flec­tions from cry­stal-clear wa­ters and the colors of lu­sh, flou­ri­shing Me­di­ter­ra­nean ve­ge­ta­tion. Du­ring their stay, guests can choo­se from the sports ac­ti­vi­ties of­fe­red by the re­sort, su­ch as jet skiing and ex­cur­sions, or sim­ply let their­sel­ves be ca­res­sed by the sun at the swim­ming pools and whirl­pool tubs, sip­ping a cock­tail pre­pa­red by the bar­ten­der. All the rooms are equip­ped wi­th free wi-fi and modern LCD TVS, wi­th ama­zing views from the rooms. For bu­si­ness needs, the ho­tel of­fers a con­gress hall. Lo­ca­ted on the top of La­fo­dia Sea Re­sort, dip­ped in­wa­te­rhill La­fo­dia SPA is the new con­cept de­si­gned by the Ita­lian ar­chi­tect Silvia Gian­ni­ni for all tho­se who are loo­king for an al­ter­na­ti­ve to the sea. The en­vi­ron­ment de­si­gned for the guests is au­then­tic and re­ju­ve­na­ting; an at­mo­sphe­re that mo­ves in bo­dy streng­th, well- being and beau­ty. Wa­te­rhill La­fo­dia SPA wi­th its 800 sqm of sur­fa­ce, can be ea­sly rea­ched, thanks to the ele­va­tor, on the 7th floor of the La­fo­dia Sea Re­sort: the phi­lo­so­phy is ba­sed on phy­si­cal ac­ti­vi­ty, SPA the­ra­py and a se­lec­tion of heal­thy foods and be­ve­ra­ges in har­mo­ny wi­th the fla­vors and aro­mas of Lo­pud. Ttreat­men­ts and pac­ka­ges are de­si­gned to ba­lan­ce sen­ses in­to a rea­li­ty con­struc­ted wi­th ele­gant and re­fi­ned ma­te­rials. The pi­ne fo­re­st on the hill to­ge­ther to the be­ne­fit of the sea, pro­mo­te in­ner har­mo­ny and an im­me­dia­te fee­ling of ove­rall well-being. Wa­te­rhill pro­vi­des 6 treat­ment ca­bins for tra­di­tio­nal and in­no­va­ti­ve mas­sa­ges, where spea­cia­lists can pam­per the guests. The po­li­cy is to use na­tu­ral pro­duc­ts be­lon­ging to the Dal­ma­tian area, su­ch as Lo­pud ci­trus frui­ts, ho­ney, la­van­der, salt from Ston.

Fi­no al­la co­stru­zio­ne del­la fer­ro­via e l’ar­ri­vo del­le pri­me au­to­mo­bi­li, in Thai­lan­dia il mez­zo di tra­spor­to più si­cu­ro era l’ele­fan­te. Spe­cial­men­te nel­le zo­ne ru­ra­li, nel­la jun­gla, sui ter­re­ni più dif­fi­ci­li e sco­sce­si. La len­tez­za del­le ca­ro­va­ne, la lun­ghez­za del Pae­se e so­prat­tut­to la grande vo­glia di mo­der­niz­za­zio­ne espres­sa dal re Ra­ma VI por­ta­ro­no al­la na­sci­ta di una re­te fer­ro­via­ria che in po­chi de­cen­ni riu­scì a col­le­ga­re in tre­no, par­ten­do da Ban­g­kok, il nord con l’estre­mo sud. Ad ap­pro­fit­tar­ne fu prin­ci­pal­men­te la fa­mi­glia rea­le e la sua am­pia cor­te, che de­ci­se­ro di co­strui­re una serie di re­si­den­ze esti­ve in cui tra­scor­re­re lun­ghi pe­rio­di. Una del­le zo­ne pre­scel­te si tro­va sul­la co­sta del gol­fo del­la Thai­lan­dia, nel­la pro­vin­cia di Pet­cha­bu­ri, e la cit­tà in cui fu co­strui­ta l’ori­gi­na­le sta­zio­ne pas­seg­ge­ri si chia­ma, og­gi co­me al­lo­ra, Hua Hin. Le pri­me re­si­den­ze rea­li, il Pet­cha­bu­ri Sum­mer Pa­la­ce e il Ma­ruek­kha­tha­ya­wan, fu­ro­no co­strui­te pro­prio da Ra­ma VI in­tor­no al 1923, e più tar­di il suc­ces­so­re Re Pra­ja­d­hi­pok vol­le, in sti­le mo­re­sco, il Klai Kang­won, un no­me che tra­dot­to si­gni­fi­ca “lon­ta­no dai pro­ble­mi quo­ti­dia­ni”. Tutt’in­tor­no sor­se­ro le vil­le dei suoi fi­gli e del suc­ces­si­vo Re Chu­la­lon­g­korn, che ospi­ta­va­no re­go­lar­men­te fa­sto­se fe­ste che at­trae­va­no i no­bi­li e i ric­chi del­la ca­pi­ta­le. Le ver­di col­li­ne, le pian­ta­gio­ni di ananas e le ri­sa­ie, uni­ta­men­te al­le spiag­ge in sab­bia bian­ca e al ma­re lim­pi­do, era­no lo sce­na­rio giu­sto per la na­sci­ta an­che di una pri­ma or­ga­niz­za­zio­ne re­cet­ti­va, con cam­pi da golf, ho­tel e bun­ga­low sul­la spiaggia, che han­no fat­to di Hua Hin una del­le lo­ca­li­tà tu­ri­sti­ca più ama­ta dall’eli­te thai­lan­de­se. An­che l’at­tua­le Re Bhu­mi­pol pas­sa qui

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