Masseria San Domenico

Masseria San Domenico, Italy (tel. 0039 080 482 7769) It’s rare to find a thalassotherapy centre outside France that is this good. The sea is a big influence at this familyowned, 15thcentury watchtower in southern Italy, where Sven and Nancy have been spotted soaking up the sun. There’s an outdoor pool with filtered seawater, where lots of honed, toned bodies hang out (and that’s just the attendants) and a private beach with chic cabanas. The spa also sells an excellent line of homegrown products which contain olive oil extracted on the estate. Have a La Prairie facial, make a fool of yourself in an aquaaerobics class, or swim in the beneficial waters of the indoor thalasso pool. Whatever treatment you opt for, a doctor gives you a thorough checkup first and makes dietary recommendations if needed. Signature treatment The Douche d’Evian and Thalatherm is a massage and mud treatment which leaves your skin tingling and soft. You’re slathered in mud and placed in a plastic pod. Warm jets of water help the mud detoxify your skin. Two therapists massage you and minuscule jets of Evian water stimulate your circulation. Travel time BA’s new direct service to Ban from Heathrow (two hours 40 minutes) is revolutionising travel to this part of the world. The hotel is only 30 minutes’ drive away.

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