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Serene Spaces

With relaxation and serenity in mind, Studio Apostoli is designing the wellness areas of two new Cipriani projects: Palazzo Bernasconi in Milan and Cipriani Ocean Resort, Club Residence and Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay (shown above). The Palazzo Bernasconi project is expected to open in 2021, followed by its South American counterpart.

Palazzo Bernasconi

“The two projects for the wellness areas of the new Cipriani luxury destinations in Punta del Este and Milan arise from a careful reading of the historical or geographical context, and its reinterpretation in an all-Italian way and style,” said Alberto Apostoli, CEO and founder of Studio Apostoli. “The aesthetic language that we have created for the interventions comes from a balance between geometric volumes and essential lines, enriched by refined materials and finishes.

Cipriani Ocean Resort, Club Residence and Casino

“In Milan, we used Cedarwood, France red marble, onyx and mosaic, gold finishes and cashmere fabrics to recall the ancient destination of Palazzo Bernasconi, known as the ‘Palazzo del Sarto’: the attitude is that of an haute–couture project, a skillful combination of precious materials,” he continued. “In Uruguay, on the other hand, we have privileged wood and stone, to connect design to the natural context of Punta del Este.”

Palazzo Bernasconi

Each project has its own atmosphere. “The heart of the wellness center of the Cipriani resort in Punta del Este is a large staircase surrounded by a cascade of water that seems to have eroded and smoothed the rock to create an oasis of well-being: the wellness path starts here, in an atmosphere that therefore seems designed and shaped on the idea of uncontaminated nature. People walking on that path have to feel like they’re exploring new natural and hidden places,” he said.

Cipriani Ocean Resort, Club Residence and Casino

“In Milan, the mood is way more contemporary, with stylish and design-oriented interiors, clearly referred to world of fashion and design,” he added.

Palazzo Bernasconi

Both the wellness center of Palazzo Bernasconi and that of the Punta del Este resort are structured with separate spa areas for women and men and other shared services that complement the wellness offer. “In Milan, the men’s Sps includes—in addition to a complete changing room with vanity area, services and showers—an ice waterfall, a large two-level sauna that houses the  treatment (and other possible treatments such as salt sauna, hay, etc), two emotional showers and a steam bath,” Apostoli said. “The women’s spa includes a complete dressing area, an ice waterfall, a sauna, two emotional showers, and a large Hammam where you can make salt treatments. At the end of the respective wellness programs, there is a common corridor with a brazier and a large relaxation room. A cave covered in green onyx with a saline pool and saline nebulizer welcomes both men and women and completes the wellness offer of Palazzo Bernasconi.”

Cipriani Ocean Resort, Club Residence and Casino

Similarly, the wellness center of Punta del Este is divided according to the same principles. “Here, the male and female spa includes two saunas of different sizes—one of which is ideal for salt and hay treatments, a bio sauna or a Finnish sauna—a Turkish bath, emotional showers, an ice waterfall, a large whirlpool with numerous workstations and a relaxation area. The respective paths then converge into a large circular common hammam, with a tepidarium and other services in the center such as caldarium, frigidarium, Turkish hammam with central stone for salt treatments, a snow cabin, and emotional showers, he said.