This Spring I was lucky enough to go on a business trip to Milan with one of my clients. Our days were packed with different fair stations, as we were attending the enormous Salone Del Mobile, meaning inspiration and creativity wherever we turned – not to mention the best lunches with authentic delicious Italian food. I had seized the opportunity and booked myself two nights extra, giving myself time to explore the magnificent city of Milan.
Not so surprising perhaps – my to see list had several spa’s on it. I had done my fair amount of research and was pretty excited about visiting some of Italy’s most talked about spa’s. Now, I might not be the easiest person to please in that regard, given my spa experience I mean, but I must admit I was utterly disappointed over and over again. Those luxorious 5 star spa’s were not only overpriced – they were small and could actually barely call themselves a spa. I often found the receptionist being quite irritable at times when just asking basic questions, some of them were even rude (when I declined paying xx amount of euroes to try their sauna/swimming pool). I am sure they give 5 star treatments, I can’t say anything about that as I decided no to try them out, however the actual spa facility were quite sparse. My apologies for the long rant – but I never expected it to be that hard finding a decent spa in Milan! Thus my utter excitement when I finally stumbled upon The QC Termemilano.
Wellness amongst ancient ruins
I must admit, after yet another disappointment at the hotel Principe Di Savoia, to where I had walked a whole hour only to be met by two rude spa receptionists (that is a whole other story), sitting in the taxi on my way to the QC I was not expecting much and actually about to give up.
Perplexed by the taxi driver, who by the way was a most pleasent lady, hurringly stopping by the sidewalk in the middle of the road, I got my things and quickly got out of the taxi – asking several times if she was sure this was the right place. But of course, and how peculiar, there she was in the middle of a busy city road, hidden behind a couple of large trees, the QC Termemilano. The wellness center is located amongst the citys Roman ruins in Porta Romana.
The receptionist greeted me most pleasently and she patiently explained where to find everything, as the QC is quite large, I also booked a 90min massage as I felt exhausted after several days of heavily walking. I got my towels and bathrobe and continued in to the changing room, where I noticed mostly Italian guests, which pleased me even further and goes to show: where the locals go you should too.
So much to explore! The Termemilano is big, with both indoor and outdoor facilities. You’ll find everything from tram saunas to vichy showers at this magnificent location. They have hydro massage tubs and hydro jets, sensorial bath tubs, a salt room (which was sensational), steam rooms and saunas. In the “cellar” you drift away amongst all the Roman style thermal baths and ancient walls, and there is enough baths to go around. They offer water and tea at their lounge area, and serve healthy food at their restaurant. I stayed there all day, exploring every single room and facility – I even had a nap at their tranquil relaxation room.
I was lucky enough to be able to book a 90 minute relaxing massage, as I normally (due to my treatment impulsivity) are faced with fully booked spa’s. At the QC however, they had a large amount of therapist ready to take on same day bookings. The second floor is reserved for those with treatments, after you walk up the stairs you’re greeted with a large room filled with lounge chairs and relaxation beds. Here you can enjoy eating dried fruits, nuts and some delicious tea before the therapist calls your name. I must say – I felt so welcome when my therapist came to greet me, she was such a warm and friendly lady – and wow did she have amazing hands! It is no secret that I have had many massages through time, this one goes withous a doubt on my short list for best experienced massages. She was so throughout, took her time and had a nice and firm grip. Using her elbows, palms and knuckles she worked her way through my tired muscles – in a relaxing way of course, as I had booked. She finished off with a most delightful neck and scalp treatment. I actually often think about this massage, and would almost return to Milan just to have another.
I have read different types of reviews of the QC TermeMilano, I think if you go there during their busiest times (like the weekend, when the Italians are off) you might have a different experience than I did – but if you’re travelling to Milan I would highly recommend putting the TermeMilano on your “need to visit” list.