Nestled between Florence and Rome amidst the Tuscan hills, the world heritage listed Val d’Orcia region provides a picture perfect backdrop to the five-star Fonteverde Spa – an elegantly restored 17th-century Tuscan villa turned wellness destination. There’s nothing we love more than an Italian getaway here at House of Coco, and an elegant spa retreat has our name all over it! Once home to the Medici family, the property has been transformed into a stylish gem in the countryside, without losing any of its rustic renaissance charm.
Abundant with cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards, the Tuscan landscape is notoriously beguiling, and the panoramic views of Fonteverde are made ever sweeter from the 460ft outdoor infinity pool carved into the hill. What could be better? The villa itself is largely secluded, allowing guests an immersive sense of silence and complete calm.
With expansive ceilings, marble floors and opulent furnishings, Fonteverde oozes an understated luxury. Renaissance styling and architecture provides a true traditional Italian feel, with its arched windows and frescoed ceilings providing a sense of royal grandeur which blends seamlessly with the more modern additions to the hotel’s design. Rooms are lavishly decorated while tastes remain simple; with floor-length drapes, cream walls and spacious en suites, guests are encouraged to recline into a space of total comfort. The front facing suites overlook the Val d’Orcia, where sun seekers can enjoy spectacular morning views over a champagne breakfast from their private terrace.
Ancient hot springs have frequented the area around San Casciano dei Bagni for centuries and Fonteverde’s plethora of wellness offerings has made it an epi-centre for thermal tradition in the region. The hotel’s labyrinth of pools bubble with healing water sourced from local springs, and guests can soak and swim in its mineral rich lagoons.
The 5000sq metre spa offers over 100 treatments to choose from, offering first class programmes of treatment specifically designed to aid ailments and skin types. The antioxidant properties of the waters themselves have been known to provide numerous benefits to the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and respiratory system, and work on a broader level to enhance overall wellbeing. Comprising of seven pools, treatment rooms, steam rooms, an ice plunge pool and a Turkish hammam, the spa provides hours of entertainment for those wishing to sink into a blissful state of end-to-end pampering.
Such is the Italian way, the hotel’s Ferdinando restaurant takes inspiration from the surrounding landscape. Seasonal ingredients and local produce inspire the classic Italian menu, and dishes range from light and healthy to the exquisitely indulgent. Homemade pasta is laced with truffle shavings foraged by the hotel’s resident truffle hunter, while succulent duck and steak is paired with local organic red wine. On summer evenings guests can dine on the terrace and watch the sun set over hilltop villages, against rolling hills and amber skies.
Taking oodles of pasta and wine into serious consideration (perhaps the most important elements in any Italian getaway, wellness or otherwise!), a stay at Fonteverde is as healthy or as indulgent as you make it, but one thing is for certain. It’s impossible to leave this Tuscan oasis without feeling utterly, perhaps irrevocably, relaxed.
Nightly rates at Fonteverde start from €198 (£152*) per person per night in a Queen room on weekdays on a B&B basis. Rates also include wi-fi, access to spa and fitness facilities. For further information or to book please email [email protected] or call +39 0578 572333.