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by Megan Whitby, assistant editor

Forte Village CEO backs new medi-wellness retreat


orenzo Giannuzzi, CEO of Sardinia’s lauded destination spa, Forte Village, has launched a medical wellness retreat in Fiuggi, Italy. Set in an 8-hectare park which is renowned for its healing mineral waters, Palazzo Fiuggi Wellness Medical Retreat fuses holistic traditions, western medicine and nutrition. Five personalised programmes are offered – Complete Life Rewind, Optimal Weight, Mindful Movement, Deep Detox and Immuno Boost – all of which incorporate Fiuggi’s mineral water and a variety of spa treatments ranging from ayurveda to high-tech touchless therapies. After a sensitive restoration, the existing 102-room hotel has reopened with a 6,000sq m wellness centre created by architects Mario Dal Molin and Claudia Manunta and equipped by the Gharieni Group. Guests can access a wellness and spa area, medical spa and beauty clinic, offering 21 multifunctional treatment rooms, eight beauty cabins, one private spa suite and six medical rooms.

Those behind the new mineral medical spa include Lorenzo Giannuzzi (top); Thorsten Lipfert (middle); and David Della Morte Canosci (bottom)

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Industry figure Thorsten Lipfert is leading the facility during pre-opening, having worked alongside GOCO Hospitality in the early consultation stages. Professor David Della Morte Canosci, Palazzo Fiuggi’s medical and scientific director, says the resort “sets a new standard internationally for medical wellness retreats,” adding that there are an array of medical wellness and fitness diagnostics and experiences. In a nod to traditional Roman bathing, the spa is anchored by a 700sq m Roman bathing area alongside two hammams, a sauna, steamroom and an experience shower by Stenal. Guests can also visit two thalasso pools – supplied by Unbescheiden – incorporating Fiuggi mineral water, a plunge pool and a host of fitness facilities. Palazzo Fiuggi’s concept is rounded out by a strong focus on nutrition underpinned by a specialist menu using nutrients to activate cellular pathways linked with anti-ageing, anti-inflammation and antioxidant processes.