The best thing about Tuscany is that there are so many incredible hotels to choose from. Or is that the hardest thing about Tuscany?!
What other region has such a strong five-star hotel collection, combining remote retreats, city chic and castles amid the vineyards?
Oh Tuscany. Sometimes it’s too magical to believe. With the very best hotels you easily avoid the tourist masses, in this poetic part of Italy.
Here are seven of the very best.
Relais Borgo Santo Pietro
For small-scale intimacy and owner-operated charm, it’s difficult to rival this retreat 45 minutes south of Siena.
At Relais Borgo Santo Pietro there are only 22 rooms and suites. We love the two with a private courtyard and pool.
Of course there’s a great spa. And a Michelin-starred restaurant. There’s even a cooking school. Another highlight is meeting the owner and hearing his history.
Castello di Casole, Belmond
Take up residency in your own medieval Tuscan castle, encircled by vineyards, farms and Tuscan scenery. Castello di Casole is well situated for exploring Florence, the Volterra, Montalcino, Siena and San Gimignano!
39 lavish rooms and suites make up the castle and the property’s converted hamlet. And by medieval castle we mean one with a heated infinity pool. And a spa in the wine cellar.
This is a fine Belmond property and with the Belmond Bellini Club benefits it’s fantastic value for a five-star Tuscan retreat.
For a completely different vibe, Portrait Firenze is the best hotel in the city centre of Tuscany’s capital, Florence.
The sights and sounds of Renaissance Florence greet you from one of the hotel’s 37 suites. It’s boutique-like in terms of privacy and design, great for a cosy night in a busy place.
Look past the Renaissance because Florence stretches across many eras. Such a central hotel makes it easy to explore a lot in just a couple of days.
Castello di Reschio
One of the world’s hottest new properties in 2021, a millenia-old castle owned by Count Benedikt and converted into a uber-luxury 36-room hotel.
Castello di Reschio is located on a massive 3,700-acre estate, on rolling hills that spread from Tuscany to Umbria. It’s far from Florence, but perfect for countryside exploration of two Italian regions.
It’s so stylish, so cool, so original. You’re going to hear a lot about this property in the coming years. Will you be the first among your friends to try it?
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Don’t think that Four Seasons is an uninspiring choice. You have the classic Four Seasons standard and charm, but this is also the best designed of all Florence hotels.
It’s a grand Renaissance Palace converted into a hotel, dominated by royal aesthetics, noble art and gardens.
There are 116 rooms and all provide an immersion into old Florence. And it’s amazing to enjoy this much space, only a 15-minute walk from the Duomo.
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
More than a hotel, this is an entire Tuscan village transformed into an aristocratic estate that’s worth the hefty price tag. It takes 15 minutes just to drive across the grounds!
You have a choice of suites located in various restored buildings. We love the private villas, especially for families. They were converted from Tuscan farmhouses.
Did we mention there’s a vineyard? That’s how Castiglion del Bosco started. So in this prime Tuscan location expect wine. And food. And so much more.
Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel
What could be more Tuscany than sleeping in a hotel where Michelangelo painted the facade. Villa San Michele is a living work of art with all the high-class comforts of a Belmond property.
It’s a former Franciscan monastery on a hillside, 20 minutes drive from central Florence. So you combine estate romance with city sights nearby.
Junior suites are great value for money. So get ready for afternoon tea in the cloister, divine Tuscan sunsets, and Bellini club benefits.
What’s Your Favourite Tuscan Hotel?
Where do you want to stay this summer? Which is your favourite Tuscan hotel?
If not Tuscany, then how about family beach destinations or ultimate places to stay in Crete or Mallorca.
Perhaps Costa Rica, Portugal or French Polynesia are calling your name.
Summer 2022 is for epic travels. And we’re here to create your perfect holiday.