The fairytale spa retreat in a castle: Castello del Nero

The fairytale spa retreat in a castle: Castello del Nero

Uber hotelier Christina Ong has unveiled her 1st property in continental Europe. Best known for her Como spa retreats scattered all around Asia Ong's new Italian venture is something decidedly different. Castello del Nero is a converted Tuscan castle with 1000 years of history and sleek new interiors courtesy of Milanese designer Paola Navone.

While heritage fans will swoon over the beautiful preserved upper bedrooms with their glorious 18th-century frescoes elsewhere Navone has introduced contemporary furnishings in cool blues and greys which throw into sharp relief the ancient stone walls and floors.

The spa is a highlight this one measures 1000 square metres and has Ten treatment rooms but the 300-hectare estate also beckons guests with a series of walking trails winding past olive orchards and grapevines. The estate's produce including olive oil and honey is showcased in both of the hotel's restaurants. For a casual meal Taverna's roast chicken with rosemary is hard to beat, but the signature dining experience is the Michelin starred La Torre where chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro's touch can be seen in everything from the custom designed crockery to immaculately executed dishes such as roast onion served with pecorino and cabbage crumb.

Perhaps the best thing about Castello del Nero is its location. Perched almost halfway between Florence and Siena, the resort offers regular shuttle services to both cities allowing you to explore 2 of Tuscany's most appealing towns during your stay.
Rates start from €660 including breakfast.

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