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Villa Eden: medical wellness in the Italian Alps

Created in 1982, this is Italy’s first “destination spa”. Nestled in a valley in the picturesque Merano region of the Italian Alps, Villa Eden offers superb mountain views. This hotel is recommended for those looking for a wellness break with a medical approach, yet in a warm, intimate setting, far removed from an aseptic clinic.

Merano is a small town in a splendid setting (Photo: Villa Eden)

Italy’s first spa destination

It’s a relatively confidential address, yet some of the world’s greats have stayed here: Barbra Streisand, Eros Ramazzotti… The place is renowned for the quality of its treatments and its holistic approach to well-being. Open since 1982, it has had time to prove itself.

Spacious bathroom (Photo: Villa Eden)

Villa Eden is close to the Austrian border and nestled in the Merano region, which seems obsessed with wellness (just look at the number of establishments offering treatments!). The heart of Merano, with its designer boutiques and typical restaurants, is just a stone’s throw away.

A room at Villa Eden (Photo: Villa Eden)

There are just 29 rooms and suites at Villa Eden, and the well-kept gardens are elegant. You’ll feel almost at home in the intimate atmosphere, a world away from some of the larger wellness centers. Read our article “We tested it for you” to understand the spirit of the place.

A real medical team at your disposal

Villa Eden is not just another hotel, it’s a medical wellness clinic first and foremost. Most specialized programs are customized for each client to ensure that individual wellness goals are met. The “Longevity” medical center offers a range of programs to restore the balance between body and mind. The programs include medical consultations with examinations and diagnoses.

Plastic surgery (Photo: Villa Eden)

The spa uses the latest technologies and scientific discoveries (including DNA verification, blood analysis, food intolerance testing, oxidative stress testing and many others). You’ll get your results and your post-vacation plan so you can follow your new health regime at home. Aesthetic medicine and non-invasive surgery are also available.

Treatment room (Photo: Villa Eden)

Spa facilities include indoor pool, Jacuzzi, infrared sauna, small gym, hydro massage and steam bath. During the summer months, you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor swimming pool overlooking the mountains.

The indoor pool (Photo: Villa Eden)

The hotel offers aquagym, fitness and yoga classes, as well as excursions into the wonderful natural surroundings of Merano.

Yoga at Villa Eden (Photo: Villa Eden)

Diet cooking for weight loss

Developed under the watchful eye of nutritionist and anti-ageing medicine expert Dr. Emanuele De Nobili, Villa Eden features a low-GI , mainly organic menu . Food is cooked in a light, healthy way to ensure that all the nutrients are properly digested.

The detox restaurant (Photo: Villa Eden)

The emphasis is on regulating the rhythm of your cortisol levels, to avoid the yo-yo effect of sugar-rich diets. All meals are customized to meet the needs of your health plan. Detox and weight-loss clients receive a specific menu. There’s also a gourmet menu for those who can afford it…

A colorful dish (Photo: Villa Eden)

Cooking includes moderate use of salt and white meats, with an emphasis on ingredients that help restore acid-base balance.

After your meal, relax on a chaise longue (Photo: Villa Eden)



Rates: From 250 euros per night on a half-board basis, not including wellness programs.

Take advantage of our expertise on this hotel by asking us for advice. Read our article“We tested it for you: Villa Eden” to understand the spirit of the place.

Call us for the USA: +1 (646) 980 6652to discuss your stay, or +44 20 4577 3258 from the UK.

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