For months now, I have longed for a chic and cosmopolitan getaway in a lively place with so much more to offer than good weather. Top of my list? The beautiful city of Rome, known as the Eternal City. I had my own Italian Lizzie McGuire fantasy repeating itself in my head during this pandemic, and on this trip this fantasy came true in its entirety.
I stayed in the exquisite Villa Agrippina Gran Melia, which is the luxury brand of the famous Spanish hotel Melia Hotels International. Famous for its personalized RedLevel service, Gran Melia’s goal is to immerse guests in heritage and culture. When I arrived the first thing I noticed was the serene surroundings of the hotel, which made it hard to believe that I was in the center of one of the busiest cities in the world.
In fact, Villa Agrippina Gran Melia is Rome’s only luxury urban resort. It is a hidden oasis with exceptional historical sites, plazas and restaurants right on its doorstep. It’s also worth mentioning that family-owned Melia Hotels International was voted the world’s most sustainable hotel brand by the Wall Street Journal in October 2020. Quite a feat.
Villa Agrippina is the perfect combination of luxury and functionality. Whether you plan to spend the day by the beautiful pool or explore the ancient cobblestone streets of the city center, the options are endless. And the hotel has the perfect facilities to focus on wellness, including an impressive Clarins spa, fitness facilities, and a bubble bath complete with salts, shower gels, and scrubs, all too. by Clarins.
After a busy day exploring the sites and eating way too much ice cream, I made the most of it and also enjoyed * the * most relaxing * massage to reset myself for a new day of activities. Villa Agrippina’s attention to service and hospitality was unlike any other hotel I have stayed in, and my room (which had a view of the Vatican in the distance) would always have a little surprise to me. waited every time I came back.
If the perfectly Instagrammable city pool photos aren’t enough to woo you, Villa Agrippina has just launched a range of new luxury suites, some of which include their own private gyms, Jacuzzis, and panoramic city views. The Private Pool Suite, in particular, makes you feel like a celebrity with its own private pool, jetted plunge pool, and private gardens. It also includes a huge patio by the pool where you can enjoy your meals al fresco. So it’s no surprise that the girls from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stayed and filmed the Rome episode at this hotel. I live for glamor.
It goes without saying that Italy is a foodie’s paradise, and the hotel’s offer includes three restaurants offering mouth-watering Italian cuisine with a unique Spanish twist. Using local produce and fresh ingredients, each dish has a flavor that I can only describe as spettacolare. There are also private dining experiences available and exceptional room service (which I took full advantage of by having breakfast in bed with an energizing meal. affogato).