Look inside the new Neró Spa at Terme Preistoriche by Studio Apostoli

Nero Spa at the Terme Preistoriche

The Neró Spa at Terme Preistoriche connects “spa, territory and art.”

Italy’s Terme Preistoriche hotel, in Montegrotto Terme, Veneto, has debuted a new spa designed by internationally renowned architect Alberto Apostoli and Studio Apostoli.

Neró Spa New Experience is designed to offer a complete wellness experience, combining spa treatments, aesthetic treatments, Ayurvedic medicine, and fitness. The project, says Apostoli, connects “spa, territory and art.”

Terme Preistoriche is a family-run hotel located just a few kilometers from Padua and Venice, in the heart of the Veneto region. The 47-room hotel was constructed around 1900

The Neró Spa is on the “Noble” floor of the building which overlooks the centuries-old inner park, offering enchanting views of the grounds and the vapors rising from the panoramic thermal pools. The hotel and grounds also feature two indoor covered pools equipped with 56 whirlpools and 6 cervical waterfalls.

Neró Spa is a “holistic confluence of thermal treatments that utilize the properties of salsobromoiodic waters and D.O.C. Mature Natural Mud of the Abano and Montegrotto Terme thermal basin.”

A predominant use of glass in the spa offers guests the feeling of being fully immersed in the scenery of the Colli Euganei Regional Park. Wood and other natural building materials create a continuous dialogue with the environment and territory, while water is the connecting theme with a large contoured water basin and a vertical water wall.

The spa houses five massage rooms, two face treatment stations, two hand stations and three Ayurveda cabins, as well as a green marble hammam, a salt cabin, a Kneipp path, a floating pool, and a Finnish sauna that hosts rituals by Aufguss masters. A private space for couples includes a sauna, a steam bath, an emotional shower, and a hot tub. An art gallery marks the passage from one area to another.

Studio Apostoli has also incorporated a temazcal and a kotatsu into the space. Traditionally, a temazcal is a type of sweat lodge that originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica, while a kotatsu is Japanese in origin, with a circular bench and central table for tea drinking.

Alberto Apostoli said in a statement, “It has been a great opportunity to express new wellness concepts. For over 20 years I am trying to move towards more spiritual ambiences, while linking this world to the concreteness of materials and the millenary tradition of the territory. We found an extraordinary understanding with the client and the result has been exceptional for coherence with the original idea, the harmonization of the territory and, on a greater scale, of the location.”

Neró Spa at Terme Preistoriche opened its doors to the public this summer, and the official inauguration which will take place from the 24th to the 27th of October, 2019, with a four day event of meetings, readings and music dedicated to health and wellbeing.


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