Stay at the Villa San Michele,
With a facade accredited to Michelangelo himself, this Belmond property truly is a work of art. Let the Renaissance charm of the estate sweep you up. Unwind to dreamy country scenes by the pool, amid the array of first class comforts that come with this historic base.Original arches and terracotta floors feature within. Meanwhile, the grounds outside provide the perfect hillside wilderness to get lost in and roam. Picture afternoon tea in the cloister, and evening drinks under the vaulted loggia. Relish a rub-down beneath the canopy overlooking a magical Florence sunset. Dynamic activities such as cocktail-making, Arno river rafting and private museum visits are also on the cards.
Nestled within a former Franciscan monastery dating back to the 15th-century, the hotel enjoys an off-the-radar location on a wooded hillside outside Florence. The city itself, with all its main sights and Renaissance treasures is a 20-minute drive away.
An alluring ecclesiastical feel graces the 22 rooms in the main building. The 23 stays in the garden extension are less stylish but more capacious, with private outdoor areas. Junior suites are a suitable starting point for getting good space and value for money.
Who is it for
Though kids are welcome and will be well-entertained at this country resort, the luxury monastery concept is perhaps slightly more attuned to couples searching for a dose of Florentine romance. The estate is especially well-positioned for honeymooners.
Amenities & Activities
Expect superb service and facilities that range from terraced gardens and panoramic pool to a reputable cooking school. Though there is no official spa, the wellness suite offers a space for massage therapies and treatments. There is also a small 24-hour gym and two restaurants, alongside a pizzeria, poolside grill and bar.