Castel Monastero’s former life as an 11th-century monastery is reflected in its rustic stone walls, pared-back décor and peaceful ambience. The hotel – a cluster of buildings around a central piazza where performances are sometimes staged – is tucked away in a quiet corner of Tuscany in Italy, surrounded by miles of vineyards, farmland and dense forest, and close to historic Siena.
Located within a traditional Tuscan villa, the spa at Castel Monastero is a haven of tranquillity, offering a wide range of therapies including anti-ageing treatments, detoxing programmes, acupuncture and osteopathy.
Luxe linens and walls in soft tones of taupe and cream give the rooms at Castel Monastero a refined yet relaxed feel. Facilities include free WiFi, flat-screen LCD TVs and bathrooms with separate tubs and walk-in showers. The suites have separate living rooms, plus there are elegant villas decorated in traditional Tuscan style with terracotta floors, wood beams and exposed-stone walls, some with private gardens and use of a pool.
A tour of a winery is a must when in Tuscany, and the staff at Castel Monastero can organise one for you, along with a whole host of other sightseeing itineraries, including trips to Siena, with its world-class museums and art galleries. And for fashionistas, there’s the use of a car, driver and personal shopper to help you put together a new wardrobe of Prada, Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana from the nearby outlets.
There are two gourmet restaurants at Castel Monastero, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay. Contrada serves modern Tuscan dishes in a refined dining room with views of the monastery’s piazza, and La Cantina offers laid-back Italian cuisine in an atmospheric space that was once the medieval wine cellar.