Do as the Romans do
Rome in West Ave: A pampering peek at the already-opened spa
With West Ave still under constant jackhammer as new tenant spaces are constructed and perfected, walking through the surprisingly soundproof doors of Rome Salon & Day Spa already seems like an entrance to an oasis of calm.
It's an atmosphere that executive spa director Zahira Coll has worked hard to create. the entrance hallway opens grandly to a circular corner room with a statue of Hebe, goddess of youth, surrounded by sumptuous recliners for hand and foot treatments and natural light streaming in from the windows.
Coll designed Rome to be both practical and relaxing. The spa treatment rooms are hidden in the back, near a private VIP entrance, centered around a shaded relaxation room with four ergonomic lounges so form-fitting and soft they almost feel like floating in a dream state. On the other side of the space is the salon, where shampoo and highlighting areas are hidden away in a corner.
"I always hate walking around in front of people with a towel on my head, or looking like a work in progress," Coll explains.
The spaces are segmented, but there's actually a hidden flow, and for parties many of the fixtures are mobile to open up room for cocktail parties, wine tastings, or other social events.
When it comes to the treatments, Rome looks both to the original hedonists — the Romans, natch — but also to cutting-edge treatments. A 25-minute bath ritual is recommended to begin any treatment to relax the body, soothe the skin and loosen muscles so that massages, facials and other treatments have even more of an effect.
The signature treatment is the Pleasure of the Face, a unique facial massage designed to hit every pressure point and muscle using lymphatic drainage and acupressure techniques. Gentle yet soothing, it's geared to leave one as refreshed as a full-body massage.