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Scene: High End Renewal... Where the Elite Meet...

A few new places to hit for a little R&R during a hectic show week.

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A few new places to hit for a little R&R during a hectic show week.

High-End Renewal

Get in shape in high style in Milan's first seven-star gym, Younique. The exclusive fitness club and spa boasts a luxury package of personal programs, cool design, unique machinery, privacy and service — members find workout attire is freshly laundered and folded in a personal dressing room — in the heart of the city.

But staying fit here doesn't come cheap: an annual membership to the 18,300-square-foot, two-level complex runs $9,200.

"I wanted to create a temple for those who live in a frantic city and need to reinvigorate themselves and renew their energy and creativity," said Livio Leardi, Younique's founder.

On the ground floor, an oasis includes a fitness area with bikes and treadmills, Pilates and Kinesis sessions with a maximum of four trainees at a time and personal training programs. The lower level houses a beauty area and luxury thermal zone that includes a 215-square-foot swimming pool, a hydromassage, a sauna with a glamorous Swarovski crystal ceiling and a Turkish bath with hot tubs.

Other features include a state-of-the-art body-age evaluation machine that reveals one's biological age, custom training programs and an "emotional" session with LCD screens and smells based on an individual's cardio program — replicating a walk on the beach or a mountain trek.

Younique, 5 Via Falcone; +39-02-46746-4285.

Where the Elite Meet

Savini has always been a place to see and be seen. Opened in 1867 on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just a few steps from the city's Gothic Duomo, the restaurant was known as Milan's drawing room, attracting top politicos, artists, composers and performers, such as Maria Callas, Charlie Chaplin, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner.

After a four-year hiatus and complete restyling, the historic three-floor boîte reopened this year under new management, ready to reclaim its post as a favorite destination of Milan's elite.

Spread over three floors, its Swarovski crystal chandeliers and period furnishings make for a sophisticated interior. On the ground level, guests find the newly minted patisserie corner where they can sip cappuccinos and snack on home-made sweets along the long cherry-wood bar. An adjacent cafe serves up Italian classics until 11 p.m. An emporium on the lower level sells everything from food and candles to flatware and leather accessories for men and women.
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