CASTEL MONASTERO next stop, castel monastero, located in the heart of the Chianti wine region near the Renaissance city of Siena. Find refuge and relaxation at this renovated medieval monastery transformed into a Leading Hotel of the World. Enter through the massive stone archway into the enchanting courtyard, and be sure to venture around the sprawling premises with many antique out buildings to gain an appreciation of the
Activities in the surrounding area are abundant for those wishing to get out and interact with the locale: black and white truffle hunting on crisp autumn mornings for the culinary aficionado, or perhaps a hot air balloon ride to gain an alternatively breathtaking view of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. All can be arranged by the extremely friendly and accommodating hotel concierge. Member, Leading Hotels of the World. castelmonastero.com
once medieval village that has become your luxury retreat. The rooms have all been elegantly redone to masterfully complement the rustic monastery setting, while also providing a contemporary and comfortable twist. The hotel is home to two restaurants, one nouvelle fine dining and the other classic Tuscan in the monastery’s cellars. Enjoy local, skillfully prepared dishes by candlelight in the charming setting of the stone and brick vaulted chamber of the underground wine cellar. The monastery has full spa amenities, including a series of three outdoor infinity pools that flow one into the other, a yoga pavilion, open-air exercise room, and indoor hot tub and sauna plus hammam for utter relaxation. Pamper yourself with a candlelit spa treatment or two; have your aches and worries kneaded away by the expert masseuses as if they were kneading out some homemade Tuscan pasta.
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