Il Borro Relais, Tuscany, Italy
Awaken your senses nestled in a spectacular corner of Tuscany. Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees, this historical eco-sustainable estate is dedicated to wellbeing and the art of hospitality. Il Borro, once the retreat home belonging to Duke Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, with a history dating back to 1254 is now owned by Ferruccio Ferragamo.
Every alley, every stone speaks of a time filled with flavours and scents that bring memories of a rare and authentic Tuscany to mind. The philological restoration that Mr Ferragamo started in 1993 brought this magnificent property back to splendour while preserving its traditions and history and underpinned by ethical principles such as the use of local labour and respect for the environment by making eco-sustainable choices. Renewable energy, the use of natural fertilizers and no pesticides for its vineyards, olive grove and gardens as well as beekeeping are among several other practices oriented towards sustainability and respect for the environment.
Balance Holidays is the exclusive wellbeing partner of Il Borro and we are pleased to introduce you to an enriching retreat programme where this memorable and tranquil destination is part of the experience itself.
Mornings are designed to wake up gently but energetically through a combination of workout activities and dynamic Odaka flow yoga. Yoga will be practiced outdoors facing the breath-taking landscapes of nature and the medieval village. The aim of this practice is to dissolve physical, mental, emotional tensions and ease the mind. Muscles are invited to engage in a new way, which strengthens them and creates movement in the mind. When the connective tissue is tense, muscles are no longer able to move freely, nor can our mind. Each pose creates space for dialogue with our deepest fears and the chance to overcome them.
Enjoy a spread of colour exploring the Tuscan countryside on a dynamic mountain bike excursion. Late summer marks the beginning of the truffle hunt season. Discover the ancient skills of truffle hunting, a noble gift of Mother Nature. A tasting will follow after the hunt.
Learn to choose fresh, seasonal and relevant ingredients. An expert chef will then demonstrate how to apply these ingredients into traditional Tuscan cooking concepts to create plates of authentic delight.
The wholesome, flavourful dishes of your meals will come from the onsite organic gardens of Il Borro where freshness and seasonal ingredients are the protagonists.
Afternoons and evenings are dedicated to slower Yin Yoga practices, which work on energetic meridians to release emotional and physical pain. During free time, rest by the pool or at the spa. The programme includes an exclusive detox massage and spa treatment specially designed for Balance Holidays’ guests, utilising the extra virgin olive oil produced by the estate. It also includes two dedicated mindfulness workshops and a creative painting workshop in the Medieval village. A horseback ride around the property’s bridges and streams during sunset will conclude this unique experience.
Melania is an enthusiastic Odaka yoga teacher with a contemporary and innovative style of yoga that is popular in Japan and incorporates martial arts, Zen and traditional yoga postures. She trained directly under its founder and leader, who recently featured on Om Yoga Magazine UK as one of three world leaders in new and contemporary forms of yoga.
She came to meditation in her teenage years and then to yoga in her early 20s, as a complementary tool to improve back problems she has been severely affected by since the age of 12. She has been practicing yoga since, integrating her practice with martial arts at a later stage. The concept of her practice is “Live Centered, Liquefy Your Limits, Embrace The Power,” which finds inspiration by observing the movement of the ocean and its waves. The base of Odaka is Hatha yoga, however the natural rhythm of the ocean waves is emulated between one posture and the other in order to acquire the yielding nature of water, to melt into the liquid form of the body allowing the student to be free from constraint, giving the ability to transform and discover new shapes in the body.
This beautiful flowing yoga style allows living centered in the middle of chaos. During Melania's classes, students are encouraged to pay attention to their bodies while being aware of the exterior world, keeping eyes open rather than closed and staying centered while being conscious of the outer world. She calls her classes an instrument to live a real life, a dynamic mediation rather than isolation. Discipline is key but infused with a sense of lightness. Her goal is to allow her students to discover the hidden potential inside each of them and unlock it, helping them realize that once they get rid of their self-imposed image, transformation happens. She also believes in giving to her students a mean to learn how to heal themselves and find physical and mental equilibrium.
Melania holds a diploma in Odaka Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Hatha Yoga/Yin Yoga. She holds a master in pre-natal Odaka Yoga and Pranayama Flow. After working around the world, she now owns a yoga studio in Tuscany.
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Beyond the comforts of the suites, guests can access a variety of spaces open to the public surrounding the Il Borro estate. Some of these include access to the fully facilitated gym, tennis court or take a stroll through the grape fields, Renaissance gardens and horse farm, unwind with a book on the garden terrace or by the swimming pool, satisfy taste buds at the restaurant or draw a lungful of fresh air taking a stroll through the olive groves and woodland tracks.
At the heart of Italian culture, food plays a vital role not only to satisfy hunger but to feed the body, mind and soul. At Il Borro, each dish infuses Tuscan tradition with its ethical responsibilities through the use of organic, wholesome and fresh locally grown ingredients. *Please notify us of any dietary requirements and allergies.
Cobblestone alleyways shadowed by the restored property, leading to a green field of vineyards and olive groves act as inviting partitions to explore. Il Borro emanates authentic Tuscan countryside charm and serves a reminder of an Italian past-time shared amongst some of Europe’s most noble families. Now owned by fashion powerhouse the Ferragamo family, who after carrying out the restoration and refurbishment works has transformed the property into a sanctuary of solace, relaxation and peace for guests.
Extra SPA treatments, open-air golf, tennis lessons, five-a-side football, craft workshops, shopping tour, horse-riding lessons, Chianti wine tour and excursions.
Suspended in time, this corner of Tuscany is a timeless treasure. The inescapable first impression of the 700-hectare estate is nestled in the authentic, unspoilt beauty of nature in the heart of Tuscany, tucked between Florence, Siena and Cortona. Carrying a notable history dating back to 1254, the property is now owned by the Ferragamo family and has since been restored to embody battle wounds of the past, the freshness of the present and a pensive curiosity of the future.
Borro in Tuscan dialect refers to a chasm and was originally a fortress built as part of a strategy to defend against invaders crossing the two Roman roads, Clodia and Cassia.
Known to be the most historic and sumptuous of all properties in Tuscany, Il Borro is an inviting stay for guests to step into an authentic medieval space to exchange technological proliferation and distractions for disconnectedness, relaxation and internal peace.
The closest airport to the estate is Florence Airport, Peretola. The estate is happy to organise a transfer for you through their preferred local company. Please email email@example.com quoting “Transfer” in the subject line. This transfer service will entail a separate fee, not included as part of the cost of this programme.
If instead, you wish to rent a car or book a taxi from the airport, quote the below address to bring you directly to the location. Total journey time if local traffic conditions permit will be approximately one hour.
Address: Loc. Borro 1 – 52024 San Giustino V.no
We also recommend bringing a bathing suit and some comfortable clothes to access the swimming pool, spa and gym facilities.
An arrival and initiation ceremony takes place at 4 pm, therefore, we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport/train station to the estate. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check into their rooms from 3 pm on the day of arrival. If you arrive early, you are welcome to access the common spaces, dining area and garden until your room is ready. On the day of departure, as part of our programme, there will be a morning yoga session followed by breakfast and a workshop however, you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding check-in and check-out.
We recommend bringing a bathing suit and some comfortable clothes to access the swimming pool, spa and gym facilities as well as a small backpack to carry your personal belongings during outdoor activities.
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