Treatment of the week: The Relaxation Ritual that"s worth the price tag

Treatment of the week: The Relaxation Ritual that's worth the price tag

City spas might be the most convenient way for busy women to relax, but if you really want to unwind, you need countryside and a view — and if that view happens to be of vineyards stretching away towards the hills of Chianti, then you’ve found a slice of heaven.

In Italy’s rolling Tuscan landscape is Castello del Nero, a sumptuous estate which has been converted into a hotel. Looking over the valley beyond is Castello’s centrepiece — the spa.

You can book a full day with a three-course lunch included, but I recommend the Relaxation Ritual. At 260 euros (220), it isn’t cheap — but it is divine. It starts with a foot bath in warm, scented water and a foot massage.

Spa with a view: The terrace of Castello Del Nero, near Florence, Italy

Spa with a view: The terrace of Castello Del Nero, near Florence, Italy

Next comes the main event, as you are laid down for a languorous body exfoliation, in which oils are combined with sea salt to slough off the top layer of skin ready for massage.

The technique is influenced by the Balinese tradition of long, soothing massage strokes up and down the body.

It’s a dreamy way to spend two hours, and when it’s finished you can slump down and gaze at those glorious hills.

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