Charming historical retreat in Tuscany

Thousand-year-old walls hold secrets of wellness, indulgence, and peace at Castel Monastero, a standout destination in Tuscany, Italy. Castel Monastero is, as you might imagine, a restored monastery. Monks set on healthy living, cooking from the soul, and distilling wine that fired many a jovial evening. 75 rooms and suites plus one villa await your high expectations with confidence. Rustic original features like arched stone doorways add charm; while WiFi and flat screen TV ensure modern desires are always met.

Led by Gordon Ramsay, Contrada Restaurant benefits from the chef’s “local, simple, fresh” direction. And down in the cellar, La Cantina offers authentic regional cuisine anchored by gorgeous wines, oils, and cheeses – all from the surrounding area. It’s been the home to slumbering Chianti for years. Why not wake a bottle or two up? Relax in the pool, or get active with tennis, local tours, or even mushroom foraging. Whatever you busy yourself with, the healing spa here will most definitely have the means to get you back to your best – and further past that. Spend hours in the three outdoor pools or, next to them, the full-scale indoor thalassotherapy facility.

Nightly rates start from $390/night and can be booked from here.

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