The hip Casanova Hotel with 124 design-conscious rooms and a sexy restaurant has now added another jewel to its crown, this one related to wellness. The Stone Spa is available to anyone seeking a rarified spa experience that combines pampering with innovative therapies. The spa, the first in Barcelona to feature indoor/outdoor elements, boasts a treatment menu inspired by the Earth’s healing properties. Gemstones, smooth river stones and indigenous botanicals, culled from wellness traditions around the globe, are integrated into all of the treatments.
Upon entering the spa, guests are immediately drawn into a warm and welcoming ambiance created by diffused lighting, billowing drapes and elegant wood accents. Stone floors create pathways to five treatment rooms detailed in textured walls, driftwood wall lamps and neutral tones. Guests can choose from an array of original therapies including Works & Marvels, a collection of massages that fuse traditional and modern techniques. Examples include the Stone Marvels massage, which employs the curative powers of river stones and the Mediterranean’s lifeblood, olive oil. The Teotihuacan Wonder draws its inspiration from pre-Columbian Mexico, integrating aromatic cocoa to eliminate stress and improve circulation. And the indulgent Two Lovers Little Stones massage is lavished on couples in the tranquil Mediterranean Garden, a private, open-air enclave.
The Facial Menu, which incorporates products from Dermalogica and Klapp, beckons with treatments that call for gemstones and quartz to be massaged gently over the skin while the Mysterious Jade facial employs the ancient green gem to enhance inner peace while infusing the skin with sage extracts and cucumber. Fresh caviar extracts are the main ingredient in the Snowy Obsidian, an anti-aging facial, and sumptuous body wraps include the hydrating Wet Earth and anti-stress Volcanic Mud. But perhaps the most coveted treatment is the Gold Secret, which includes an anti-aging facial with 24K gold flakes, a “gold” wrap, an exfoliation and Jacuzzi bath. Each guest will depart with a small stone or crystal, a tactile reminder of their experience at Barcelona’s most transformative refuge, the Stone Spa. Men are not forgotten in the equation either, with specialized treatments, such as Secrets of the Stone for Men, tailored specifically to their needs.
Samir Saab, concept designer of Ikal del Mar, Esencia and La Pleta, icons of sophisticated simplicity, enjoyed by the likes of everyone from major New York publishers and Hollywood celebs, to European royalty, launched his first urban hotel in Barcelona in November 2007. Combining hip and elegant with sophisticated service, the 124-room Casanova, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is located in the heart of the city, a short walk from Las Ramblas, Paseo de Gracia, major Gaudi architecture and museums. Whimsical lighting and sculptural chairs accentuate the lobby while retro-inspired furnishings and plasma televisions decorate the guestrooms. Coming in the summer of ’08, a rooftop pool and lounge complete with hammocks. For more information and reservations, please call toll-free at 1-866-849-6396 or visit www.casanovabcnhotel.com.