The fascination of this place
is not about what there is
but about what is missing.

This is not a cliché.

January 2016

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12 January 2016

Nature, the real heart of our SPA

In the Spa of Casa La Perla we don’t just offer a catalogue of simple massages and treatments, our aim is to interpret the needs of our guests and help them to feel better.

According to nature.
"Nature is the centre of everything. It 's our primary asset. It is everything that surrounds us. It is what inspires us, it nourishes us, it welcomes us. In my small way, it is nature that guides me as a director of the Spa at the La Perla Hotel."
Nature, the energy of life itself. Day and night. Light and shade. Hot and cold. Nature knows how to be as light as air, as strong as stone, clear as water. I think there is a strong need for nature today, for a return to nature not only as the environment in which we live, but also as an internal dimension. Consumerism, the frenzy, the digital swarm that surrounds us, competition, uncertainty, violence, inequality, the waste and contradictions that beset us are the result of an estrangement, a distancing, an absence of nature in general. For this reason everything we do within the Spa is a summons to return to nature. Nature not as something artificial but as a primary asset. We have no machines, only hands. There is nothing synthetic about our products: even the stones that we use for massage come from the welcoming mountains that surround us. Our cosmetic line is based on 100% natural products: roots, tree bark, herbs, honey, arnica, Arolla pine, they all come from these marvellous valleys. The lavender is from Provence, the seaweed from Brittany, some spices are from Africa. Everything is taken care of down to the smallest detail, even the towels. We want not waste, but balance. We do not offer a catalogue of massages and treatments but we try to interpret the needs of our guests and to help them get better. We want to be real. We want to cure. We are not aiming for a transient kind of wellbeing, we are more concerned with substance. We love dialogue. We believe in an identity of energy that comes from plants: those that grow in the shade have a cool energy that is calming. The plants in close contact with the sun have a positive energy, they are warming. We believe in nature, in the way it can be happy without a reason. We believe in a nature which is not something to tread underfoot, but to love wholeheartedly. As the poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran wrote, “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”. We await you at the Spa of the Hotel La Perla, where nature really is at home.

Biancamaria Giraldin