Need to know
18, including 13 suites. There are also three self-catering villas (a two-bedroom, a three-bedroom and one with six bedrooms).
If staying in the hotel: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability; check-in 4pm. If staying in a villa: check-out is 10am, check-in 3pm.
Double rooms from $598.36 (€523), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include a generous Continental breakfast.
Monteverdi’s Culinary Academy has a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and individual stations for a dozen eager students. Arrange private lessons with executive chef Giancarla Bodoni and learn to whip up authentic Tuscan dishes, including pici pasta and boar ragu. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your newfound cookery skills in the academy’s indoor or outdoor dining area, and be gifted with a Monteverdi apron and recipe book to take home. Book in advance to attend a session; they’re held daily from 11am to 12.30pm.
At the hotel
Spa, culinary academy, gardens, gym, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, Wii consoles (on request), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, iPad (on request), locally made bath products. Villas have fully equipped kitchens.
Our favourite rooms
Do you want a romantic private garden, a supply of logs or your own wood-burning fireplace? Book your spacious suite accordingly. The villas are an excellent option for families, with plenty of space (ranging from two–six bedrooms), cosy living rooms and neat kitchens. Designed by Ilaria Miani, the rooms evoke rural romance: wood-beamed ceilings, elegant, slender-framed four posters (in some rooms), original artworks and agricultural artifacts hanging on walls, and fresh flowers from the hotel's gardens.
The glittering turquoise infinity pool surveys the verdant Val d’Orcia and is surrounded by lavender.
The spa brings the rustic surroundings indoors; trees snake through tables, baskets of fruit and fragrant herbs are dotted throughout the lobby. There are soothing treatment rooms, underground hot and cold pools, a hammam, countryside-view heated pool and garden-view relaxation lounge. Treatments use natural lotions and potions – herbal unguents sourced from 13th-century Florentine farmacia Santa Maria Novella and hammam-inspired Charme D’Oriente products. There are facials to soothe and illuminate, rose-scented moisturising treatments, massages, and revitalising scrubs; spring for a signature treatments and you’ll find yourself submerged in a perfumed bath, slathered in Etruscan mud, or de-knotted and pummelled for 75-minutes after a half-hour soak. The Technogym kitted-out fitness centre is a four-minute walk away.
Walking shoes and sketch books for afternoons in the Tuscan campagna.
The hotel hosts artists in residence and decorates bedrooms with their work: if you like what you see, buy a print or painting to take back home.
Very welcome: extra beds for under-12s (free) and cots (also free) can be added to rooms. English-speaking babysitters cost €25 an hour.
Babies, and older children who can run around in the gardens or splash about in the pool.
The villas offer families more space. The Pietas and Vergilius luxury rooms can be interconnected, and some suites share a living space that would suit a family of four.
Ask staff about organising a trip to one of the local farms included in their culinary tours, where your little ones can pet the animals and learn how cheese is made. Guests staying in a villa can arrange children’s cookery classes with the hotel's chef.
The pool doesn’t come with lifeguards, so keep an eye on less confident swimmers. Ask staff for floats and pool toys if you need them.
The chef will happily adapt menu items for younger palates, or – for villa guests – conduct a cookery class with junior Jamie Olivers.
Babysitting can be arranged with the concierge: sitters are English-speaking and charge around €25 an hour.
No need to pack
Staff will provide games, pool toys, footballs, skipping ropes and croquet kit. Children staying in the villas can borrow a Wii.