Picture-perfect Tuscany is an enthralling mix of hillsides peppered with vineyards and olive groves, mountains, medieval villages, forested valleys and cypress-lined trails. Not just a pretty face, the region is a gourmet foodie hotspot that’s home to a wealth of Renaissance art and architecture.
A short hop from the medieval village of Montalcino, the Castello di Velona Resort, Thermal Spa & Winery is a secluded hideaway set in an 11th-century castle — the ideal spot for spa breaks, romantic getaways and wine tours.
Many of the hotel’s 46 rooms and suites boast balconies or terraces offering views of the surrounding vineyards. The Sunset wing is a recent addition, with bathrooms fed by thermal waters from the underground spring.
Foodies and wine connoisseurs will be spoilt for choice at the Velona Lounge Bar and Settimo Senso restaurant. Head to the al fresco terraces to feast on tasty dishes made with local fare, washed down with a glass of the region’s famed wine Brunello di Montalcino. Book a wine-tasting session to sample the castle’s own blend from the vineyard.
After a day exploring the pretty region — the Abbery of Sant’Antimo and the historical villages of Pienza, Siena, San Gimignano, Bagno Vignoni are all nearby — retreat to the state-of-the-art Oli Spa for some downtime. Swim in one of the two outdoor pools, with panoramic views of Val d’Orcia, before taking a dip in the mineral springs (the hottest in Tuscany) — heavenly for aching limbs.
Indoors, there are two thermal pools with whirlpool baths, five treatment rooms plus a dedicated one for couples, two Turkish steam baths and a sauna. A selection of face and body massages are offered, plus skin-softening scrubs using nourishing products made with regional ingredients such as wine and olive oil.
The idyllic location and pretty event space make the Castello di Velona Resort ideal for weddings and special occasions, plus large families or groups can rent the whole or parts of the castle for their exclusive use — a butler will be on hand to cater to every need, plus a limo service ensures guests travel in style.
Learn how to make Tuscan specialities at a cookery class with the chef from the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, Settimo Senso
Need to know
· Thermal mud treatments
· Wine and olive oil treatments
· 46 rooms and suites
· 2 restaurants and a pool bar
· 1,500sq m thermal spa
· Wine estate
· Onsite heliport
· Gourmet restaurant Settimo Senso
· Velona Lounge Bar