Hotel Belmond Castello di Casole – Casole d’Elsa, Italy
From £921 or $1178 per night (June 2021, Booking.com)
Timeless and quintessentially-Tuscan, indulgence awaits at Castello di Casole, set amongst beautiful rolling hills, sprawling vineyards, olive groves, and offering classic Italian elegance that beckons guests seeking the finer things in life. Combining the old and the new, all mod cons can be found inside the 1000-years-old castle walls, and, with a 4,200-acre private estate to explore and enjoy, you’ll never be short of things to do.
Take a watercolor painting class (in the comfort of your suite!) or learn to make classic Italian dishes in a cooking class. When you want to get outside and explore, activities include going stargazing guided by a professional astronomer or take a breathtaking ‘first light walk’ accompanied by a photographer.
Life here couldn’t possibly be more relaxing and, with world-class wine and the finest locally-sourced food always on the menu, you’ll leave rejuvenated. Choose from 39 rooms and suites, all oozing Italian sophistication, before heading out to the poolside to relax on a luxurious lounger, cocktail in hand, beneath the beating Tuscan sun. With a tranquil spa amongst the facilities, you’ll soon feel your worries melt away.