Need to know
Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $260.31 (€232), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
Hop on one of the hotel’s mountain bikes and ride down the estate’s eponymous vineyard-side avenue, or pedal your way up and around the olive-tree lined hillside. After your exertions, arrange a tour of the 500-hectare estate’s wine production set-up and guided wine tasting of the fermented fruits of its labour.
At the hotel
Spa with hammam, mineral-rich heated pool and indoor pool, fitness centre, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, tennis court, five-a-side football pitch, golf course, and mountain bikes to borrow. In rooms: gourmet minibar with treats from Enrico Bartolini.
Our favourite rooms
We love the panoramic views, including swooping swallows, from our spacious Junior Suite. The gargantuan cloud-like bed and rainfall shower were icing on the cake. For a swim-in-able in-room bath, book a Prestige Suite in the newest wing.
In the western garden, there’s a sun-lounger-lined outdoor pool; in the spa you'll find a heated indoor pool big enough for laps and a smaller therapy pool for soaking.
The Espa spa has two thermal spas, a mineral-rich heated Vitality Pool to coax weary muscles into relaxation, four treatment rooms, a Turkish bath and a thalassotherapy pool. Choose from a range of classic treatments, including body wraps and scrubs, massages, facials, and day-long holistic spa programmes.
Bring wide-brimmed sun hats and books for poolside lounging, and your clubs if you fancy a game of golf. When packing footwear, Mrs Smith should note that the path between the main building and the restaurant is less forgiving in heels, particularly if the estate’s wine is sampled with dinner.
Learn the art of Tuscan cooking There is a shop selling luxury local products, from fine wool jumpers to the estate’s olive oil and wine.
Welcome. Baby cots can be added to all rooms, extra beds from the Deluxe with Mezzanine upwards, and 3–10 year olds can play in sister property Casa Badiola's kids club (€30 a day, from 9.30am–6.30pm with a break for lunch), snacks included.
3–10 year olds.
The Deluxe with Mezzanine category and up can fit an extra bed (€50 a day, for 3–6 year olds; €70 a day for over-6s). Prestige Suites have a sprawling 80sq m of space, fit two extra beds and have double bathrooms, so they're ideal for family stays.
There are acres of greenery to roam, and little Smiths can attend sister property Casa Badiola's kids club (3–10 year olds, €30 a day) has a pinball machine, ping-pong table and a shallow pool. The colourful club runs from 9.30am–12.30pm and 2pm–6.30pm), including snacks, and staff organise team games, arts and crafts and vegetable-and-flower-planting sessions in the garden.
There's a small shallow pool in the kids club, and a larger main pool at L'Andana; however, the latter is unsupervised, so parents will have to keep an eye on their water babies.
Rates include breakfast.
La Villa's elegant Italian fare can be simplified for little Smiths, and dishes from the grown-ups' menu can be tweaked on request. The chef will be happy to heat up baby food and milk on request. Highchairs, children's cutlery, beakers and weaning spoons are available.
A sitter can be booked for €35 an hour, for each child. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.
No need to pack
Baby monitors are available on request, for an additional charge. Changing mats, potties, toilet steps and buggies are available too.