MILAN: JAPANESE SPA AT ENTERPRISE HOTEL

Terme di Kyoto @ Enterprise Hotel

Situated at the seventh floor of the Enterprise Hotel with a panoramic view on Milan, Terme di Kyoto is an exclusive wellness area that melts Japanese style and glamour, designed by FZI Interiors. Tissues and colours are chosen in line with the concept of the modern and classy four star hotel. Open spaces, glass séparés with white flower applications, minimal shelves in dark wood give to the spa an oriental touch. Everything is composed in detail, from the square pool to the hot bench in white-mosaic, from the lamps to the tatami, from the little candles here and there, to the original gong, standing at one side of the room. The relaxing area is created as a real bedroom, with two beds in Japanese style, surrounded by warm wood and decorated with nature inspired drawings at the walls. Here, skilful hands would help the body to relax, with shiatzu, thai and ayurvedic massages. Precious materials and clean shapes are also in the sauna, in the steam bath and in the simple changing rooms. A large window lets the natural light come in the room, and also gives a wonderful view on the roofs of Milan, which becomes magic in the dark. According with the light, the setting is more simple and traditional during the day, and more smart at night: what never change, are silence, privacy and wellness.

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MILAN: MAGIC SPA AT CHATEAU MONFORT

Amore e Psiche @ Chateau Monfort

In the dungeons of Chateau Monfort, a five stars hotel in the centre of Milan, Fzi Interiors created an original spa dedicated to the mythological gods Amore and Psyche. The ambience is relaxing and evocative, in line with the concept of the building. The dream of the urban castle continues in its basement, where there’s a hidden and magic world, far from the stressful rhythm of the city. Behind glass doors, the natural marble pavements match with the coarse texture of the bronze walls like desert sand. The circle downpour of the agora falls on little stones, giving energy to the room and reflecting the soft lightning outwards. Three synchronized jets of water come out of the wall, sided by the Mediterranean bath and a wooden sauna. A corridor leads to a wide room with a hot bench that looks towards a salty pool: enlightened from the inside and dominated by an eccentric iron chandelier, the water stays still, crystallized and surrounded by silence. Separated by a glass at the other side of the pool, a relaxing area is glamorized by little details and bag chairs in a beige tissue, which give an exotic touch to the ambience. The changing rooms are linked to a common space with a long round mirror and heavy curtains. The spa continues with the treatment rooms, one for massages and mud baths, with a stone couch topped by a shower jet, another one with a round floating bath of salty water. A private spa is also hidden behind a secret door in a bookshelf outside the wellness area. Inside, low lights, silence and a sexy atmosphere surrounds the bath, the relaxing chair, and the hot rooms. Everything is exclusive, warm and smooth, like it is in the best fantastic dreams.

FROM THEATRE TO INTERIOR DESIGN

Born in 2006 in Milan with the aim to develop the set design for theatre and cinema, FZI Interiors now applies its techniques to the architecture field, particularly in the hotel interior design. Scene and interior designers coming from a wide experience in theatre and cinema, Elisabetta Frazuoli and Francesca Fezzi are able to think original and tailored solutions for any kind of space, from a show room to a private house, from the room of a hotel to its spa.

The starting point of the design project is always a base concept: FZI experts imagine the room internal spaces as a living scene with the eyes of the set designer, skilled to create a truthful ambience. The creative solutions include traditional and new materials, in order to integrate the realization style with the imagination also, minding that beauty is always oriented to functionality, to time schedule and budget.

I’ve been visiting two wonderful wellness centres designed by Francesca and Elisabetta in Milan. In the next days I’ll post about them, stay tuned.

THE DANGER BEHIND OVERSIZE FOREARMS

Home arrest for the Italian bodybuilder who risked his life for doping

Picture: Facebook

A well-known Italian bodybuilder has been released from jail because he needs treatments against an overdose of anabolic steroids– the same he was arrested for pushing.

Daniele Seccarecci, 31, gave himself up last Wednesday, as he came back after an international competition in Las Vegas. Convicted for pushing steroids in gyms, he was inmate in the San Vittore jail of Milan, but he has now been released because of health problems.

According to the doctors, Mr Seccarecci didn’t have enough active principles to balance the doping and held all the liquids back, putting on up to five kilos in less than a week. Therefore, he was declared unfit for jail and will spend his conviction at home, where he will follow a compensation therapy. Other two people are at house arrest for the same inquest and a man is still fugitive.

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RUNNING LOS ANGELES

In the land of fitness and sophisticated gyms, Giorgia Boitano enjoys a simple beach run

Picture: lululemon

I take a deep breath, and the salty early morning air hits my lungs. I feel a slight chill as my naked foot touches the cool wet sand. The sun has just risen on Santa Monica and the sea is peppered with surfers, while the violet clouds of night slowly roll away. Groups of seabirds peck at the sand. Their loud cackle reminds me of my goal: run. I quickly set up my stopwatch, shake my ponytail, and I’m ready to go.

One leg after the other, I keep my eyes on the endless sweep of sand in front of me and begin to find an inner peace. Plunged into this postcard scene, I forget the fatigue of my muscles working hard on the soft surface. Who said that training in hi-tech gyms is the only way to get fit? A healthy run along the ocean is much more motivating – especially when it’s this beautiful.

I’m not the only one who starts active today. As I step on the humid beach, a couple of beefy peroxide blond men pass me. “See ya later, sweetie!” one of them shouts to a skinny girl doing yoga on a pink towel. A wrinkled woman with sunglasses appears in front of me, drinking while she jogs in the opposite direction. I can see her smiling as we pass each other. I wonder how many kilometres her toned legs have done until now, and I hope I will have her determination in 30 years…

“Heya, how’ you doin’?” a shout coming from a mass of coverts on my left diverts my attention. A homeless man with long white beard is emerging from his comfy sack. His sunburned skin and long white hair suggest that he has lived here a while. “Much better than a bench on a busy street,” I hear him muttering as he stretches.

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