The Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, a 5,000-acre country estate located in Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has recently been voted the best hotel in the world by Travel+Leisure in their 2022 readers’ poll.
The location: The property is situated in the middle of one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Val d’Orcia. Val d’Orcia is a rural agricultural land in Montalcino, Italy which was developed during the Roman empire. The place is peculiar for its plain chalky fields of grass, out of which arise conical hills, which have been an inspiration for many artists. The property is on the route that once connected Rome to Canterbury in 725 AD. Once you reach the huge 5000-acre estate founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo at Montalcino, a 15-minute drive and some off-road driving will take you to the lavish property.
Cost per night: Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco houses 42 suites and 11 villas along with other buildings. An average room houses two individuals, and you might have to spend somewhere between 1800 to 2800 Euros per night before taxes and fees depending on your choice of suite.
While a Junior suite might cost you 1,900 Euros per night, a Terrace suite will cost you 2664 Euros per night. The best suites i.e. The Garden suite will just cost you 2,784 Euros per night.
Here are 8 spectacular features of the hotel:
An 800-year-old estate: The property is 800 years old and comprises ancient castle ruins, a medieval church, a pampering spa, a winery, a golf club, restaurants, an organic vegetable garden, a cooking school, and a fitness centre. When you visit the retreat, you will find plentiful leisure facilities and a curated set of activities and excursions so that you can soak in the region’s landscape and culture.
The stay experience: The property has 3-6 bedroom villas which feature private heated pools. Though some villas offer a pool house, home theatre, and a private tennis court for their families to have fun. People love staying at Rosewood because when they wake up in the morning, they love walking into the kitchen to find that everything they can imagine is already set up!The fridge is set up with cakes, fruits, fresh bread, eggs, and anything else that you need or imagine. You also get to pre-order the items of your choice and even if you don’t, you might find a perfect selection of cheeses in the fridge, curated for you. No wonder people have voted it to be the best!
The greenery surrounding the property: The property has 2,000 hectares of land planted with oak, beech, home oak, and organic crops. The property also has 62 hectares of vineyards that are planted with Sangiovese, an exclusive variety of grapes. Within these vineyards, are two distinct kinds of vineyards.
The vineyards and the wine tasting process: Visitors love retracing every step of the winemaking process when they visit the vineyards, the cellar, and the aging room with an expert guide.Regular visitors call the wine ”exquisite” and do not miss the wine tasting sessions where they can taste 6 different wines and end the tour with a fine culinary experience.
Culinary delight: Food lovers can enjoy their wine with an assortment of local cheeses, Tuscan bread dunked in locally produced olive oil, and organic honey.
Go to Cooking School: The La Canonica Cooking School at the property will teach you how to cook authentic Italian dishes. The classes start in the organic garden where fresh produce is grown and end inside the school kitchen. (Imagine learning how to make authentic pasta and pizza in Italy!)
The massive pool: The main pool is centrally located and lined with Tibetan stones while the private pools in the villas are saline, infinity pools that are maintained at 28 degrees Celsius.
The wedding venue: The castle ruins are the most sought-after location for weddings. Families love the peace and quiet of the Tuscan hills that offer a quiet life. Need any more reasons to vouch for this as the best resort in the world?
All pictures courtesy of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco