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Bianca Sharma, a US-based businesswoman, is to launch a new boutique hotel and spa within a former a 17th century monastery on Italy's Amalfi Coast in May. Sharma, who is also a director of the Sharma Foundation, acquired the building after visiting the region in 1999 and has taken more than 10 years to transform the historic property. Howard Consulting has worked on the conversion of the building into the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel and Spa, which features 20 guestrooms and suites and a heated infinity pool. The Jane Goff-designed spa comprises a double height vaulted warm relaxation room with heated benches and whirlpool foot baths; a domed herbal steamroom; and an ice fountain. A "spa within a spa" is also on offer, which features a rasul, a steamroom and a relaxation area, as well as two wet and two dry treatment beds. It is designed for groups or couples. Other spa facilities include a private walled outdoor treatment pavilion; a wood sauna; and a hydrotherapy pool. Florence-based Santa Maria Novella products are used. A spokesperson said: "An open-plan flow throughout the indoor spa heightens the perception of luxury and authenticity. "The panoramic views and sounds of the magnificent, untamed coast help provide an oasis for anyone wanting an escape."
A new spa including seven treatment rooms and relaxation areas is to open in Suffolk, UK, after plans to convert an existing art gallery were given the go ahead by the local authority. Lavenham's Wildlife Art Gallery is linked to the historic Swan Hotel building and is to be transformed into the 528sq m (1,732sq ft) spa, with the gallery to move to another site. The scheme also incorporates two two-story extensions to the listed property. The spa will also include a crystal steam room, heated loungers, changing areas and an ice fountain. Roger Balmer Design drew up the plans on behalf of applicant Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels, which has been given the green light by Babergh District Council.
Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel, in Durham, UK, has unveiled its new day spa.The spa has four treatment rooms and will offer treatments supplied by Elemis, Karin Herzog, Jessica and bareMinerals. Facilities also include a relaxation room offering light refreshments, rasul mud chamber, salt inhalation room, herbal sauna, ice fountain, an outdoor vitality spa pool and a manicure and nail bar. The spa will be open for both residents and day visitors.