I don't know about you, but I'm big on self-care. I get massages weekly right now (thanks to the cost being so much lower here in Italy than it was in the U.S.), and if there's an invitation to a spa, I'm in.
So when my fellow expat friend Yavette invited me to Capo Vaticano Thalasso Spa, I, of course, said yes!
A Slice of Heaven on the Tyrrhenian Sea
Capo Vaticano is located near Tropea, one of the gems of Calabria. The highlight (at least what I experienced) is the resort and spa that wouldn't be out of place in California.
The spa boasts swimming pools, a Turkish bath, a sauna, wellness trails, gardens, and 15 treatment cabins. We didn't bother with massages or facials. All we wanted was to dip in one pool and move to the next, languidly enjoying the summer breeze and the fact that there was really no one there besides us.
Water = Therapy
If you're unfamiliar with the term "thalassotherapy," in a nutshell, it's about using water for curing ailments. In this case, it uses the magic of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Where in the U.S. we tend to go to a spa for relaxation, in Italy (and in other parts of Europe), often people go when they have respiratory illnesses or aches that the waters can soothe.
While Capo Vaticano had therapeutic features, like the "Kneipp path with warm and cold temperatures and an invigorating effect, a vascular path with hydromassage to reactivate the circulation, and emotional showers for final relaxation," all in all, it was a place for luxurious rejuvenation.
This is My Life
After our two hours of spa luxury (that's the window of time you get for €65), we got dressed and headed over to Il Stromboli, one of the resort's restaurants. You'll get why it's called that when you look out at the sea and behold...the island of Stromboli!
We had a leisurely al fresco meal. I remember saying to Yavette that I couldn't believe that this was my life. Spending the day at the spa...enjoying a delicious meal...all without breaking the bank.
This, my friends, is the face of self-care!