The Colosseum. The Vatican. The Sistine Chapel. The Pantheon. Trevi Fountain. Rome is home to some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. As a first-time visitor, it was tempting to see them all, but I came armed with my own idea of an ambitious to-do list: Relax. Eat. Repeat. And here’s how I did it:
13:30 Sleep in Beauty
The best views of Rome can be had from the Monte Mario hilltop, so staying at the Rome Cavalieri guarantees #breathtakingvacation photos for Instagram. The five-star property is Italy’s only Waldorf Astoria, but that’s not why it was near impossible to leave my room: When a six-hour time difference, made-to-order aromatherapy pillows, double soundproofed doors and a king-size bed are involved, a disco nap has to happen.
Happy 50th: Currently, the property is celebrating its silver anniversary with themed guest packages, including Click & Go: It’s the Dolce Vita! and Roman Shopping Holiday.
16:00 Pamper Palace
Much like the hotel itself, the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club is a frequent playground for boldface names and well-polished locals. The amethyst Turkish bath and fitness center draws cliques in the early evening. La Prairie products (cell-energizing masks, platinum-infused creams) are the basis for anti-aging facials. The 80-minute Pepper Treatment, designed to combat cellulite, sounded like a smart ounce of prevention against the pounds of food I planned to gorge on later.
Life’s a Beach: Try the newest addition to the Grand Spa Club treatment menu, the St. Barth “Chill Out,” an intensely relaxing 80-minute body indulgence that uses clam shells with self-heating properties to de-stress and rejuvenate.