Explores #88 and #88a (revisit): Alla Italia health spa, Belgium – August and September 2014

Explore #11 of the Gigawatts & Megalolz Tour

The final day of our Belgian weekender was another stupidly early start, so that we could make our entrance to this beautiful former spa whilst still under the cover of darkness.

As with The Grand Hotel Regnier I also ended up paying a revisit to this location a month or so later, so have combined my shots from both visits into this single report.

History
I can’t say much about this location, other than it was a former health spa located in an affluent Belgian town. The building is renowned for its hugely impressive entrance foyer, which is decorated in an Italian renaissance style with paintings, ornate plasterwork, and marble columns.

Our Explore
Our entrance went off without a hitch. So smoothly in fact that we then had to wait for well over an hour for even the first faint glow of dawn to illuminate our surroundings!

As always, click on a photo to VIEW LARGE.

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration painting stairs staircase

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration explorers action shot
As the light slowly began to creep in the Gigawatts & Megalolz team moved into action…

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration front entrance ceiling columns lobby foyer
I left the others, and ventured downstairs into the foyer. This area is overlooked, so I tried to keep as low as possible so as not to be seen by any passers by…

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration front entrance ceiling columns lobby foyer

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration ceiling shot looking up paintings artwork carving statues windows
It doesn’t look like it, but it was still pretty dark when I took this shot – it is a 30 second exposure, and I can vividly remember the coolness of the marble floor as I lay flat on my back, gazing up at the magnificent ceiling and waiting for the exposure to finish.

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration painting stairs staircase
I then explored the corridors and treatment rooms of this impressive building.

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration painting corridor stairs hallway

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration room bath

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration corridor

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration ceiling painting

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration entrance ceiling front
Before we left I couldn’t resist a couple more quick shots of that foyer…

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration ceiling

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration treatment chair room
…and one of a treatment room which we passed on our way out.

Revisit

Explore #5 of the Taking the Piscine Tour.

During my revisit a month or so later in September 2014 I decided to focus on taking some detail shots. These were all taken with my 50mm f/1.8 on Canon 7d body, giving an equivalent focal length of 80mm.

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration statues ceiling detail

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration ceiling detail painting ornate

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration ceiling detail corner

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration columns windows

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration baths painting detail

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration corridor colours

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration tiles detail tiling

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration tiles detail tiling

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration corridor colours photo

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration corridor colours

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration detail statues ceiling

Adam X Alla Italia Belgium Urbex Urban Exploration GST
…and I’ll leave you with a shot of James fooling about doing a seal impression. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed your spa experience. Please do come again soon!

More reports will be coming ASAP but in the meantime please also follow my (fairly) new Facebook Page for more regular updates.

Cheers
Adam X

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4 thoughts on “Explores #88 and #88a (revisit): Alla Italia health spa, Belgium – August and September 2014

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