From 8th November, Italian citizens and legal residents can benefit from a €200 spa bonus. Designed to help stimulate the spa and wellness sector, the bonus has received both praise and criticism.
The government unveiled a decree in August including the €53 million stimulus package. This bonus will help boost the spa and wellness sector, hit hard by covid-19.
All residents and citizens can claim Italy’s Spa Bonus
The bonus is available regardless of income. It is this that has irritated consumer watchdog Codacons, which described the incentive’s rules as “crazy”.
In a statement Codacons said, “Even those who have no economic difficulties can take advantage of the subsidy to enjoy vacation days at the spa or moments of relaxation, to the detriment of the community that finances the bonus.”
Every adult citizen and legal resident of Italy over the age of 18 can take advantage of the bonus which must be used within 60 days of being claimed.
The Spa Bonus is available for thermal spa treatments up to €200 and covers up to 100% of your booked spa service. Anyone willing to purchase treatments over €200, will merely pay the amount exceeding the €200 limit. The bonus is a one-off, non-transferable incentive.
How to claim the bonus
From midday on 8th November, residents can make bookings at any of the accredited establishments. These can be found on the Invitalia website. The establishments claim the €200 on behalf of the client.
The offer is subject to availability and should benefit around 265,000 people.
Italy has a number of top spas, with one of them scooping the Leading Hotel & Spa 2021 in Europe.