Re-energize, Restore at Eco-Sustainable Historical Retreat

Il Borro Relais, Tuscany, Italy

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from £1853pp
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No booking fees 50% deposit

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Relaxing activities and treatments, Eco-friendly practises, Picturesque surroundings


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, 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 travel agency partnering with Il Borro and we are pleased to introduce you to a never experienced before 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 views of nature and the medieval village. The aim of this practice is to dissolve physical, mental and emotional tensions while soothing the mind with immediate action. Muscles are invited to engage in a new way, which strengthens them and in turn, 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 the scents and colours of the countryside on a trek and mountain biking tour.

Discover the beautiful Tuscan countryside around the property bridges and streams on a horseback ride. A delicious light picnic in the fields to follow. Learn to choose fresh, seasonal and relevant ingredients. An Il Borro expert chef will then show you how to cook these together while exploring the flavours of traditional Tuscan cuisine.

The wholesome, flavourful dishes of your meals will come from the certified organic vegetable garden 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 specifically designed for Balance Holidays’ guests, utilising the extra virgin olive oil produced by the estate. It also includes two dedicated yoga workshops.

A one of a kind tasting of the organic wine produced in the estate’s new and historic cellars will joyfully conclude your stay.

What's included

  • Daily Dynamic Odaka Yoga Flow
  • Evening Hatha Yin Yoga & Pranayama classes
  • Trekking and mountain bike tour
  • Il Borro winery tour with wine tasting
  • Yoga workshops
  • Horse riding with picnic
  • Traditional Tuscan healthy cooking class
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Complimentary spa treatment including steam bath, jacuzzi, relax and massage
  • Accommodation, essential toiletries, WiFI
  • Yoga mats

The Expert

Melania De Masi

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 severally 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.


Experience an authentic Tuscan village spirit in a discreet and luxurious suite, encompassing rustic and rural charm and beauty. Each morning, wake from a refreshed night’s sleep in an airy space of sumptuous comfort with a generous view of the surrounding estate grounds, savouring a typically traditional Tuscan experience that will not go forgotten.

Room Types


Situated in the heart of the medieval village, the Superior suite is a step into stress-free solitude. Safeguarding the traditional Tuscan style and its breath of promise to the environment, the décor and room furniture follow a neutral palette, finished with polished wood flooring, mahogany brown beams across the ceiling and double panelled glass windows located suitably across the suite to allow guests to wake up at ease, in sync with the ascending morning sun. Rich in room space enjoy maximum comfort in the Superior bedroom suite and capture the first glimpse of the breath-taking and pristine grounds of the estate from the balcony or from a window. Each suite is furnished with ultra-modern amenities and toiletries. Looking for additional activities during your stay? The concierge desk is located in the centre of the village to help guests make the most of their stay.

Shared spaces

Beyond the comforts of the luxurious Superior suite, guests can access a variety of spaces open to 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.

Food and cuisine

At the heart of Italian culture, food plays a vital role not only to satisfy hunger but to feed the body, mind and soul to kick-start the day. 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.

The ambience

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 now transformed the property to a sanctuary of solace, relaxation and internal-peace for guests.

Other activities (not included in the price)

Spa, open-air golf, tennis lessons, five-a-side football, truffle hunting, 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.

Practical Info

How to get there

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 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

We also recommend bringing a bathing suit and some comfortable clothes to access the swimming pool, spa and gym facilities.

Check-in/ check-out

Our Reenergise, Restore at Eco-Sustainable Historical Retreat begins on the 2nd May 2019. An arrival and initiation ceremony takes place at 5 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 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.

What to pack

We also recommend bringing a bathing suit and some comfortable clothes to access the swimming pool, spa and gym facilities.