Roman Baths and Spas - A detox getaway to Rome with a small history lesson

March 04, 2018

The winter was long and now you feel the need to unwind and relax in a sunny Roman spring day. After you visited museums, tasted the best Italian food and wines, you still feel somewhat tired? A day spa, at some of the most magnificent wellness centers in Rome, is a blissful way to invigorate your mind and body. Whether it's a solo trip, romantic rendezvous or a getaway with friends it is undoubtedly a perfect way to welcome the air of Italian warmth and hedonistic lifestyle. 

After all, Romans invented the Spas. 

SPA in Latin means salus per aquam o sanitas per aquam (o per aquas) i.e. caring for health through the virtues of water. In ancient Rome, baths were places to meet, socialize, communicate and relax. Bathing was one of the most common daily activities and was practiced across a wide variety of social classes. Though many contemporary cultures see bathing as a very private activity conducted in the home, bathing in Rome was a communal activity. Romans elevated bathing to a fine art, and their bathhouses physically reflected these advancements. The Roman bath, for instance, included a far more complex ritual than a simple immersion in water. The various parts of the ritual like undressing, bathing, sweating, receiving a massage, and resting, required separated rooms which the Romans built to accommodate those functions. The Romans believed that good health came from bathing, eating, massages, and exercise. They cultivated the cult of the body so their mind could be healthy too - Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin phrase, usually translated as "a healthy mind in a healthy body". The baths, therefore, were of the major interest of the Roman society. Since some citizens would be bathing multiple times a week, ancient Roman society was surprisingly clean. When asked by a foreigner why he bathed once a day, a Roman emperor is said to have replied: "Because I do not have the time to bathe twice a day."

A number of Ancient Roman public baths survived, either as ruins or in varying degrees of conservation. One of the most famous are the Baths of Caracalla and we highly recommend a guided visit or a new state of the art multimedia experience (AR), so you can admire its architectonic magnificence. Back in time, they were considered as one of the 7 wonders of Rome and were visited by 10-15.000 people per day, of all classes of the Roman society. The remaining mosaics indicated that women already had bikinis, as we know it today.

However, if your idea is not to have another guided visit, but you prefer to have a real (modern) bath, a relaxing detox moment of reconnection with your body and soul, take in consideration the luxury resorts or branded modern spas in the city or its surroundings. If you are overwhelmed by the many choices one can find in Rome, we have picked few of them for you. Due to their lush and tranquil environment - these are truly places that will, like in ancient Rome, free the mind and refresh the body. Still, you will notice the influence of oriental cultures in this modern relaxing experience. This is our guide to steer you into a very smooth, stimulating and sensational experience of Rome. 

Cavalieri Grand Spa Club 

Cavalieri grand spa pool Rome

This verdant Mediterranean oasis is located on the highest hilltop in Rome with an unimpeded view of one of the greatest panoramas of the city's red brick roofs that rise into the immense blue sky and cotton clouds. There couldn't be a better way to tone down after long strolls around the hubbub of Rome. A sip of prosecco at the start of this decadent adventure is followed by a refreshing dip into one of the splendid indoor or outdoor pools. The center point of this Roman sanctuary is embellished with a stunning amethyst Turkish Bath ornamented with marble platforms and Roman mosaics. The stream of wet steam heat, as it surrounds you, services your body and mind in a tender manner; slowly turning you to unravel. A place of pampering and stimulation such as this one holds more wonders to immerse yourself into such as separate male and female saunas as well as plunge pools with hydro-massage elements, various body treatments including Shiatsu finger pressure and Ayurvedic healing together with an ancient Roman relaxation room in which you can recline afterward. Choices for relaxation and activities do not end with these, there are options for a more active pleasure which include a gym, pilates, yoga and 2 Davis Cup clay tennis courts. This place must be one of the marvelous gems of Rome where you can find a holistic approach to relaxing and detox.

De Russie Wellness 

De Russie Spa and Wellness Rome

This immaculate hotel offers the most beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Set as an urban retreat in the heart of the city it represents one of the most luxurious places to treat oneself with a selection of carefully crafted treatment programs. These programs can assist those experiencing jet-lag symptoms and are in need of reinvigorating as well as those looking for a distinctive way to prepare for an upcoming wedding day. These and many more treatments that are offered at De Russie are accompanied by salt water hydropool, Finnish sauna, steam room, a state-of-the-art gym and if needed for extra pampering a hair salon. The range of treatments offered in De Russie Wellness is one of high quality and ethereal experience. Coming here you will infuse energy and serenity to your body and soul; an essential to enjoying the rest of pleasures Rome has to offer.

St. Peter’s Spa

St. Peters Spa and Wellness Rome

Take a spa break in this modern ambient, which is an absolute antidote to stress. The center consists of beauty therapy area offering facial treatments as well as body treatments together with a Roman bath in combination with sauna, steam room, whirlpool, indoor pool and poolside area for relaxation. Massage treatments range from a traditional Ayurvedic massage to deep tissue massage followed by several body and beauty treatments. Try the Zen Grotto with dead sea mud; a specialized detoxifying treatment using dead sea mud which is a self-administered treatment, once finished treat yourself with a cup of tea served in the herbal tea corner. If you are looking for a celebration of a special occasion you will love the night spa packages which come together with finger food and champagne.

A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel Wellness Spa

A. Roma Spa and Wellness Rome

Here is a place that is a little bit outside of central Rome, a place that caters to those who have vigorously sauntered around Rome while sightseeing. Guests relax and are pampered in a marble palace which draws its inspiration from ancient Roman baths offering Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, biosauna, hydrotherapy, outdoor salt lake and an indoor pool. Praised for its wide variety of massages and luxury treatments for the body; treatments that span from Amazonian and Balinese massages famous and incredible Moroccan bathing rituals. This is also a place where you can host a bachelor/bachelorette celebration filled with vast relaxation choices and followed by Italian food delicacies and fine sparkling wines.

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