If you’ve been following my Venice Diaries posts then welcome back. The story continues onto the final day of the trip where, I woke up bright and early to enjoy a bit of the beautiful suite before heading off to breakfast. The breakfast at the San Clemente Palace Kempinksi Venice is lovely as well with so many food choices. And after breakfast I was heading off to get my 24K Gold Facial with The Merchant of Venice which I couldn’t be more excited about. Imagine, 24K Gold…on your face!
I couldn’t believe I was heading to The Merchant of Venice Spa for the much-anticipated 24K Gold Facial. If you do stay at the San Clemente Palace Kempinksi Venice then it’s certainly worth booking in for a treatment because the spa there has also won the Best Hotel Spa Europe and Best Hotel Spa Italy awards by the World Spa Awards. Travelling can be exhausting so it’s nice to book in a facial or a massage because it helps you revive. My skin was looking particularly tired when I arrived for The Merchant of Venice 24K Gold Facial so it was wonderful to just sit and let the therapist work all the tiredness out of my weary face.
Now if you haven’t heard of gold in terms of beauty treatments it really is an amazing treatment for the skin. Gold can help with pigmentation by brightening the skin and it can (through a carrier oil) penetrate deep into the skin. It helps to smooth fine lines and also dark circles under the eyes.
The therapists at The Merchant of Venice Spa at San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice use lovely upward massage strokes that really lift and tone the skin so the facial is very relaxing at the same time. The gold leaf is applied directly to the skin from a sheet so quite a lot of gold actually gets applied to the skin. The gold leaf also handmade and pounded into a thin sheet by a local Venetian business who have been doing it for years and years. The serum that is used as a carrier oil contains a high level of Vitamin E so when combined with the gold leaf it does have a formula that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin.
My skin was absolutely glowing when I left the spa 40 minutes later. It looked brighter, smoother and more illuminated like it really was lit from within, no pun intended.
I was super relaxed by the time we headed for lunch at La Dolce Restaurant within the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice. We followed the chef’s instructions and ordered the fresh pasta of the day which had truffle oil in it. Anything with truffle oil – I am there for it. The food is absolutely wonderful at the hotel and I would highly recommend trying all three restaurants on the grounds.
And just before heading back to the airport by boat transfer and saying ciao to Venice, I finished off the trip with the chef’s homeade tiramisu. A sweet ending if I ever saw one.
Have you been to Venice?
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*This post was part of a media trip to Venice, hosted by The Merchant of Venice (all views are my own as always)