La Reserve is a true spa in the sense that happens to be a “spa that offer hotel accommodation” rather than a “resort that happens to offer spa treatment”. It is as if you would be checking into the Pritikin Center expecting a Four Season Resort kind of treatment… it isn’t. This is a luxurious clinic that offers nice accommodations for its patients in need of various therapies.
The complex is modern and looks a bit like an old office building. It needs a touch up here and there. Despite the contemporary look, you will notice that the average age is 55 or older. Some of the patients are women with collagen lips and one too many plastic surgeries, accompanied by “way-older” men on their last leg.
You’ll notice that the restaurant serves its meals only by reservation and only within an hour span. Don’t miss the time slot, or you’ll have to head into nearby Caramaico Terme to eat.
That bar located near the outdoors pool area doesn’t serve alcoholic drinks… you’ll have to beg a bit for your buzz. By the way, if you stay here during a hot summer day, you’ll notice that the central AC system shuts down at night. You’ll wake up drenched in sweat and you’ll have to stand naked on the balcony to cool off. This sweat lodge might be their “weight loss program”.
If you are a woman or a bald man, you’ll still be required to wear a swim cap on your head before entering the pool. Don’t forget the sunscreen, because the intensity of the summer sun reflecting from the big glass façade might land you with surprising sunburns even around 5 p.m.
If you don’t feel too well, remember there is a medical staff on the premises to take care of you.
Remember? This is a clinic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Réserve is a refined, exclusive Wellness centre and spa resort. A unique location, placed in the middle of a protected area, the Orfento Valley nature reserve, in the heart of the Majella national park. La Réserve is a real paradise corner, a happy island welcoming its guest with a sincere and genuine hospitality and surrounding them with precious attentions. ... more less
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