Luxury design hotel and spa Monastero Arx Vivendi, located in scenic Arco-Trentino 4 km from Lake Garda, opened in June 2021. Set within thick sacral walls and once the home of 17th-century order of devout Sisters, Arx Vivendi’s aged cloistral heritage has been recast following an exacting narrative of preservation. The original monastic aesthetics have been reframed for the modern nomad and the luxury design hotel features 40 rooms & suites, walled gardens with outdoor pool and stunning spa.
Designed by Bolzano-based architectural studio noa*, Lukas Rungger and Stefan Rier are acclaimed hotel designers known for their innate tenet of spatial structure, strong sense of place and exacting purpose.
- 38 Rooms and 2 Suites
- Largest Suite: Hortus 2-4 people, 70 m²
The Suite has its own private 280 m² garden with a terrace, seats and deckchairs as well as a private sauna.
Using the monastic setting as the design blueprint, the accommodation is spacious decorated in minimalist tones and design furnishings. Created within the former domestic quarters of the Monastero, the rooms have been beautifully restored into 38 rooms and 2 luxury suites, spread out over three floors. Using the original features as a starting point, the high ceilings give bedrooms a soaring airiness; while glazed loggias, robust wooden beams and original walls give character. Bathrooms are spacious and luxe, many with free-standing marble tubs.
Spa + Wellness
Taking inspiration from the monastery’s garden, the spa was created with the former building’s modus operandi in mind – ‘Cura animae et cura corporis’ – to cure souls and bodies. An apt starting point, the modern construction of the spa juxtaposes the 17th-century monastery, yet the overarching sense of harmony bonds them together. The spa is characterized by seven cubes which consist entirely of glass and have large sliding doors, creating three green inner courtyards for shady chill time post treatment.
A holistic approach was taken for the spa concept, using the surrounding herbs, medicinal plants and pomegranate tree to create a treatment plan for facials and massages, and traditional monastic knowledge was applied to revitalising brush massages which uses a monastery brush (an ionized body brush made of horsehair and copper).
The hammam area adds an added dimension of relaxation to the spa, where the ambience is dedicated to purification and de-stressing of the body and mind. Follow the seven steps which include a steam bath, soaping with Savon Noir, a peel and head-to-toe clay application followed by an oil massage.
Monastero Arx Vivendi is located in the heart of Arco, just 4 km from the shores of Lake Garda, which is easily accessible by bike route. The hotel can arrange a bike for your stay so you can meander at your own speed. Make time to explore Lake Garda and its spa towns of Sirmione and Bardolino, either by boat or drive. Discover lush vineyards or stop at vantage points for espresso or prosecco.