Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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Spa day at the Four Seasons in Florence, Italy

26.06.2013

Spa day at the Four Seasons in Florence, Italy

26.06.2013

This past weekend was probably one of the best weekends I have had in a very long time. Ever since I got back from America it has been go, go, go and.. vai.. for work, life, friends and fun. I haven’t had much time to relax {and I think I actually don’t know HOW to relax sometimes} so when I got an invite to a girl’s day at the Four Seasons hotel in Florence for a spa/lunch/relax day on Saturday along with Yelp Firenze community manager Kristina, Bonnie from Perfect Italy Weddings and Alexandra K from Arttrav — like any sane person, I accepted!

I’ve never actually been there before since its located in a bit of an isolated spot on the very end of Borgo Pinti, plus since I live in Florence — I don’t see the inside of many hotels, obviously. When I walked in the front door, this was the first glimpse of the day to come. Basically once you enter the doors of this place, you enter another world. 

Yeah, um not your average Holiday Inn eh? I felt like I walked into some noble’s living room in Florence and had to hush whisper my way through to the pool area where I was meeting the others. Everyone was almost freakishly nice. I have lived in Europe for a while now and lets just say I am not used to really exceptional customer service. What I AM used to is begging for my restaurant bill, apologizing for asking for help and trying not to make eye contact with store clerks {maybe that’s a little dramatic but I think you get the point}.

 I finally wandered outside and entered the garden of Eden — um or I meant the Giardino della Gherardesca. This garden can kick the butt of any garden in Florence, amazingly beautiful  and within 11 acres of land. Planted in the 15th century, the design now retains a 19th century landscape and contains all sorts of botanic treasures. I planted myself by the pool to await my treatment and promptly fell asleep like a baby.

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When I was called for my turn for the spa, I was so very ready for a little pampering after a sweaty, humid week running from Porta Romana to the Fortezza di Basso with my heavy backpack in tow and getting home exhausted daily. I was  a little apprehensive of what my skin specialist might find —  but I took that risk and just let myself be pampered for a day.

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She told that she was going to be doing an oxygen facial which started with a really nice exfoliation treatment before the oxygen was actually used. The way I can best describe it is like a soft stream of air blowing on my face from a small tube. It was actually really relaxing and she gave me a really nice hand massage during the treatment. Quite frankly you have me at hello if you play with my hair and/or massage my hands!

She stopped halfway through to show me the side by side facial results and I was pretty impressed at the difference each side looked. Apparently I did have clogged skin which I can only imagine being from constantly running around Florence’s streets day in and day out.

All in all, it truly was a relaxing and wonderful experience concluding with a special skin scheda {card} so that I know what she used on me which was nice since my memory is spotty at best.

Afterwards I learned a little bit more about the products they use at the spa, one fun fact was that they were the first hotel in the world to use the special Santa Maria Novella pharmacy product line {which I myself am a huge fan of, especially the rose tonic water}. They also use a special skin product line called Rephase – a high-end Italian line available in only the most high-end pharmacies, the Four Seasons once again being the first hotel to use it in their spas.

Lovely STaff at the Four Seasons Spa
Lovely STaff at the Four Seasons Spa

They told me that it took forever to find that perfect product and it only came to them by mere chance. I have to appreciate the effort and passion they have about the products they carry; I could tell immediately that this was serious business for them and it wasn’t about just finding what the ‘coolest’ or most ‘famous’ brand currently in the market. I mean does everyone want to use whale sperm on their face anyway?

My favorite skin care samples are the perfect esfolia {exfoliating cream} and the lipoderm purifying mask since I tend to have pretty oily skin, this is perfect for me, especially in the summer.

Afterwards I had a sip of the above-pictured cucumber water {this girl appreciates some sliced fruit or veg in a cold glass of acqua} and headed back to the pool area to meet everyone for lunch at Al Fresco, the outdoor restaurant in front of the pool.

We started off  with some fresh bellinis, and then opted for the daily menu for lunch which was ravioli with herbs and cheek lard {yes it was awesome} along with a beef filet on top of a potato and mustard puree. I was in  foodie paradise especially when dessert arrived, this magical treat was a sort of ‘fruit passion soup’ with fresh mango and raspberries and the prettiest dessert presentation I have ever seen, mamma mia!

bellini at Al Fresco
bellini at Al Fresco

*Apparently they also serve pizza and BBQ at this restaurant by the pool during the summer. I may come back for exactly that just to soak up that atmosphere one more time.

I can’t even think of a better way to start off a Saturday, thanks to the exceptional staff at the Four Seasons in Florence, they possibly are the only hotel I know in town who deserve five, no six stars in a country where ‘stars’ can really mean anything. 

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Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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Hi There!

Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!

Georgette

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