Castel Monastero is a sophisticated yet truly tranquil retreat that makes a perfect touring base for historic Siena and Chianti wine country. Sympathetic restoration of a hilltop village dating from the 11th century has preserved both architectural features and local atmosphere, whilst unobtrusively introducing contemporary conveniences.
Facilities are world class, from Wellness Centre with programmes directed by diet and lifestyle guru Dr Mosaref Ali, to restaurants that range from gelateria to gastronomic fireworks. All rendered with a faultless eye for beauty and style.
Honeymooners and couples
Families with older children
Gourmets and bibliophiles
Things to do at the property:
Swim, exercise, go horseriding and play golf
Have a personal health and beauty assessment tailored into a daily programme
Explore the monks' wine cellars with the sommelier
Lessons in Tuscan cooking with the chefs
Things to do nearby:
Medieval Siena is unmissable even outside the season of the Palio horse races
Hot air ballooning over the Valley dell'Ombrone
Truffle hunting in season
Art tours with privileged access arranged by the concierge
The many Italian guests set the dress bar stylishly high: it is worth packing accordingly
While almost impossible to take a bad picture here a wide angle lens is recommended.
Guest accommodation varies considerably in layout: enquire about the options when booking
Parking in Siena is no easy matter; the hotel's car service is preferable
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.