I sit here on this gloomy New York bank holiday gazing at my favorite webcam of the Bay of Naples from the Grand Aminta Hotel and dream about the sunny day ahead in Sorrento. Picture it, the light of the Amalfi Coast wakens you to the possibility of a new adventure along the coast or just a day of total relaxation. It is Italy, afterall, and they do relaxing very well!
Now, if you have been reading this blog long enough, then you know, my favorite way of relaxing is indulging in spa treatments. I have done so all over the world and there is none better than the treatments at La Serra Boutique Spa at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento. The spa itself is pleasant, and not luxurious by American standards, but the therapists are top notch. I have had treatments in Rome on the Via Veneto and in Castellamare on the Amalfi Coast, but I have not found anyone better than the women who work at La Serra.
While staying at the hotel may be out of reach for many travelers because it is on the pricey side, the cost of treatments at La Serra is about what you would expect, with a 50 minute massage costing 95 euro (about $136) whether it is an anti-stress, aromatic, sport or Swedish massage. They don’t charge you extra for aromatic oils the way some spas do (as if the cost of 3 drops of oil costs them so much more than 3 drops of lotion!)
Oddly, the 60 minute facials at La Serra, at 100 euro, cost more than the massages. I have never had one but plan to indulge a presto. They also offer an a la carte menu of rose petal, detox and stress relief rituals, among others. Just treat yourself and imagine being swept back in time to the era of Roman gods and cabana boys peeling you grapes.
Hey, let’s face it, even a rainy day in Sorrento is not bad.