CASTEL MONASTERO has a long and storied history that begins in the 11th century, with its construction as a monastery in the secluded and peaceful Chianti hills above Siena. It has since served as a castle, a residence for a series of noble families, and then as part of a romantic hamlet. In its current incarnation as a luxury resort, Castel Monastero epitomizes the kind of immersive experience visitors expect from a sojourn in Tuscany: the ability to experience firsthand the heritage of the land and the people who have made fine living a high art. Passing through the courtyard of the estate, surrounded by the massive stone-wall and tile-roof buildings so distinctive to the region, you might feel as if you’ve been transported back in time. Every window in the individual rooms and suites opens onto a charming series of bucolic vistas, from sweeping vineyards to lush woods to verdant fields.
While it’s clear from the sophisticated furnishings and accessories of the interiors that you are in the modern era, they are nonetheless influenced by the rich colors and textures of the surrounding countryside. If daily jaunts in the great outdoors don’t recharge your batteries, the on-site spa and wellness center boasts a broad range of state-of-the-art detoxification, rebalancing, and reshaping therapies. Obviously, culture, emotion, and memory are all part of the Tuscan experience, and its cuisine and wines are no exception. Experience the best of both in the resort’s exemplary restaurants, Contrada and La Cantina, which are under the direction of executive chef Stylianos Sakalis and culinary personality Gordon Ramsay, who boasts a collection of ten Michelin stars along with an absolute passion for Tuscany. Together, the two men have crafted menus showcasing the eternal masterpieces of Italian cuisine using only the finest ingredients native to the region.