Best of the Best 2018 - 499
HOTEL CASTELLO DI CASOLE
TU SCA N Y (CA SOLE D' ELSA ), ITA LY
N E I G H B O R H O O D Siena
Taste dolce far niente, the "sweetness of doing nothing," at Hotel Castello di Casole. Standing
tall above Tuscany on a private 4,200-acre estate - one of Italy's largest - this 10th-century
castle has been imaginatively restored as a refined boutique hotel. Choose one of 41 stylish
suites; some feature a private garden or terrace that simply invites relaxation, as do the pool
and the world-class spa. Sip champagne while listening to an open-air concert in the amphitheater, and taste the estate's private vintage while enjoying homemade Tuscan specialties in
one of the two restaurants or in Bar Visconti.
Choice of pizza-making class, wine tasting or
language class for two, once per stay.
You'll find plenty of activities, including
language lessons and tours of the olive groves
and grape vineyards, or the wildlife-rich
estate, designated a Model Game Reserve.
Distance from Florence Airport (FLR): 38 miles/60 km
Size: 41 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated
TU SCA N Y (CA STELN U OVO B ER A R DEN GA ), ITAL Y
N E I G H B O R H O O D Siena, Chianti
$100 value hotel credit per stay; and, when
staying four nights or longer, three-course
lunch for two at La Cantina (excluding
beverages), once per stay.
During the fall months, you can join hunters
and their dogs as they search for Tuscany's
famous white and black truffles. Purchase
some to send home!
EU RO PE
An 11th-century walled hamlet surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Castel Monastero
transports guests to another place and time - that is, one with a transformative spa and
much-touted restaurant by Gordon Ramsay. Its 74 individually appointed guestrooms and
suites are rustically elegant, and the spa offers personalized programs to revitalize and detox.
Dining at Ramsay's is not to be missed - the annual Chef's Table is extraordinary. The ancient
wine cellar offers more relaxed repasts. Go bike riding, play golf or polo, join the kitchen team
for an Italian cooking class or take a hot-air balloon ride over the Tuscan hills.
Distance from Florence Airport (FLR): 64 miles/102 km
Size: 74 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Casual
TU SCA N Y (CA STIGLION E DELLA PESCA IA ), ITA L Y
N E I G H B O R H O O D Typical Tuscany Countryside
Fans of Tuscany, look no further: Maremma is your place. Here, rolling hills with vineyards and
olive groves meet the white-sand beaches and clear-blue waters of the Mediterranean coast.
Once the residence of the Duke of Tuscany, today L'Andana is a one-of-a-kind resort set on a
1,250-acre estate. The hotel's bedrooms and suites overlook vineyards and olive groves. A
two-Michelin-stars chef looks after the dining experience, starting with a lavish breakfast. Other pleasures include a tennis court, a driving range, a pampering ESPA and a peaceful swimming pool. However, it may be the Italian cooking courses that strike your fancy.
Welcome drink; fruit basket in room upon
arrival; and 50-minute massage for two, once
L'Andana ESPA signature treatments make
use of such local ingredients as estate-grown
herbs and extra-virgin olive oil.
Distance from Florence Airport (FLR): 112 miles/180 km
Size: 33 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual