Adler Thermae Spa & Resort Hotel | A Tuscan Wellness Retreat

Within the UNESCO World Heritage area in Tuscany is the 5 star Adler Thermae Spa & Resort Hotel. It stands on a grand location overlooking the beautiful countryside and dotted Tuscan villages and benefits from the warm thermal springs of Bagno Vignoni. The resort finds a balance between being a top end wellness hotel with a fine dining restaurant & grand suites, yet also allowing you to relax and de-stress in the carefree atmosphere.


Indeed many guests do choose to spend the majority of the day in the dedicated white dressing gowns, as they move between the saunas, pools and treatment rooms. The resort is large but easy to navigate, and the layout means that despite having 90 rooms you’re unlikely to encounter many other people in the spa areas. There are a huge number of spaces to rest and recuperate, including the stylish main relaxation area with it’s leaf design and views to the nearby hilltop castle. It has views at the front to the pool area and a range of beds including the round beds that gently swing and mean that nodding off is an almost certainty. There are also fire pits dotted around giving a warming autumnal feel to the area.


There a whole host of saunas to choose from; the Finnish sauna complete with it’s essential oil mixes at certain times during the day, and it’s miniature ice cold infinity pool which has wonderful views over the rest of the resort. There’s also the salt steam sauna with the coloured mood lights and powerful salt jets. The salt grotto which can be privately booked is a favourite with guests, and the heavily salted water and warm environment is like bathing in your own private Dead Sea, allowing you float easily and emerge with incredibly soft skin.


Obviously the pools are a highlight for many people; the water comes straight from the thermal waters and the first pool is a delightful temperature with the second cooler pool coming complete with in-water spinning bikes.


Dinner times are to be looked forward to all day. The restaurant is elegantly designed with a fully opening roof allowing you to dine underneath the night sky or indeed the vast blue sky for breakfast. In the evening you dine by candlelight, on tables surrounding a large fairy lit tree in the centre of the room. Before choosing from the á la carte menu there is a buffet to choose from of salads, cheeses and cold cuts, as well as an extensive wine list to choose from. I became slightly addicted to the sparkling rosé which came from Adler’s very own organic winery a short walk from the resort. It’s a fruity and refreshing tipple and one of a great collection of biodynamic wines which Tenuta Sanoner produces. It’s possible to visit the winery and enjoy a tour of the production as well as tasting some of their specialities. Currently they are working on another rosé, which has been aged for 2 years; very unusual as rosé wines are only usually aged for 2 months!


The food options were absolutely delicious; top quality ingredients and beautifully presented. Favourites included a rich wild boar and an exceptional creme caramel. Equally there were some great stand out items for breakfast including the fresh croissants with local marmalades. I was seated on the same table for both main meals and was served by the same waiter both times, Gregario, who was friendly and knowledgable. He knew a lot about the local food and was able to suggest lots of great things for me to try. 810_6490810_6506

The rooms are spacious and light, all with great views, either over the pool area or like the room I chose, over the gardens. Each room has a balcony or patio area, sheltered from the view of other guests allowing you to relax and take in the surroundings. When you’re ready to sleep then there are black out curtains meaning that if you want to wake up without an alarm then you also won’t have the sun streaming in. Adler produce and sell their own beauty products and the bedrooms are stocked with quality toiletries including a fabulous honey infused body lotion.

810_5987810_5993The two main gym areas are filled with the latest equipment and classes are held throughout the day. The outside gym area near to the pétanque pitch is great fun, despite the Tuscan sun you’re slightly shaded by the nearby trees and it’s lovely exercising whilst taking in the countryside sights.



I left the Adler Thermae feeling relaxed and healthy, I’d been able to enjoy some incredible food whilst not only keeping up with my fitness regime but also indulging in some great treatments.


Fontelunga Hotel & Villas | Tuscany’s finest boutique villa

Situated on a hilltop in Tuscany, not far from the picturesque town of Cortona, Villa Fontelunga is an incredibly stylish ‘home away from home.’ Whether you’re staying in the 9 room main villa or the two private villas, you’re greeted like an old friend and treated like an honoured guest throughout the entire stay. It’s hard for boutique locations to find the balance between giving guests privacy and yet being on call to serve their needs but Villa Fontelunga does this perfectly; the main villa and grounds are large enough that anyone wishing to have a romantic honeymoon or relaxing getaway can do so completely undisturbed, yet there are always staff members close by to top up your glass or recommend a day trip.



The pictures posted on my Instagram stories elicited a fair few ‘OMG’ and ‘What a place’ comments and for good reason. It’s impeccably decorated, and there are well thought out touches everywhere, that on a first cursory glance you might miss, but that come together to give the full personality of the villa and the owners. The rooms are named after the Italian names for precious stones, and the room names next to the door are identified by framed samples of the materials to be found inside. My room ‘Turquoise’ or indeed ‘Turchese’ was tastefully decorated, a mix between classic Italian and modern simplistic. There are black out shutters meaning you can get a great night’s sleep, but they open up fully to allow streams of sunlight into your room during the day giving a very bright and light feel to the rooms. The rooms were full of fun details, such as the delicious welcome biscotti, and even down to the multicoloured cotton balls provided in the bathrooms that made me smile every time I entered the room.


The swimming pool is in a peaceful area of the grounds, and as well as a sizeable hot tub there’s an honesty bar with soft drinks & beers, as well as fresh lemon water. One feature I particularly enjoyed is how every area, including the bedrooms and poolside all have subtle speakers in, allowing you to enjoy the tastefully chosen playlists throughout your stay. Of course these can be muted at the touch of a button if you so wish, but I really liked having a relaxing soundtrack to my swim, and some tunes on whilst I got ready for dinner.


Twice weekly on a Tuesday and Friday, the villa hosts a fabulous dinner party, that guests are invited to join, and most do. Including welcome drinks and canapés, followed by three courses and wine, the dinner is a welcoming, atmospheric event hosted on the main terrace overlooking the olive trees. It’s a very social event allowing you to chat to the other guests before dining by candlelight, we had a homemade ravioli to start, followed by beef, and finished with a rich tiramisu. The villa also catered to the guest’s with dietary requirements and adjusted the menu accordingly.


The dinner party gave me a chance to chat to the delightful owners of the villa, Philip and Paolo. They are incredibly passionate about the Villa, and their personalities shine through in not only the villa’s style but also in the way it’s run. They both know the area very well and are full of fantastic tips for days out, vineyard tours and restaurant tips. You really couldn’t ask for better hosts and all of the other guests we encountered also delighted in chatting with them and taking them up on their great suggestions.

The surrounding countryside is incredibly beautiful and the hilltop the main villa sits on commands wonderful views over the Tuscan hills. There are a selection of relaxation areas to choose from including a cosy cushioned area which is beautifully lit in the evenings, to deck chairs at view points around the property. They have a great selection of wines, beers and spirits to choose from and I loved sipping on a local rosé whilst relaxing with a book in the shade.


Breakfast is served daily, including fresh juices & pastries, local honeys, cakes & breads as well as eggs made to order. I ate out on the main terrace underneath the shady parasols whilst taking in the views. The olive groves are very picturesque but equally the main villa itself is so pretty with the blue shutters and burnt orange brickwork that even if you faced the building you’d be treated to a delightful view.


For those wishing to have even more privacy then there are also two private villas to choose from. A two bedroom and one a bedroom perfect for honeymooners, they share a private pool and are shaded with stylish brickwork and pretty plants. You’re welcomed to these villas with a basket of goodies to start off your stay, and your comfort and enjoyment has been considered throughout the design too, including large bathtubs with great views and fully opening doors onto the pool area.

810_6803810_6810810_6853810_6825I left Villa Fontelunga, not only relaxed and revitalised, but also feeling that I had made some great new friends. It’s a special place and one I definitely hope to visit again.