Restore at Authentic Tuscan Retreat in September

Il Borro Relais, Tuscany, Italy

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Sunset Horseback Ride, Truffle Hunting, Stunning Surroundings

Overview

Take a step back from routine and reimagine your wellbeing in a spectacular corner of Tuscany on the Restore at Authentic Tuscan Retreat. Backed by beautiful landscape, complete with vineyards, native Cypress trees and dense forestry, take it slow and enjoy a deserving moment of rest this September.

Begin each day with an open heart and mind in Dynamic Odaka Flow Yoga with our expert, Melania de Masi. Overlooking the flourishing gardens and medieval village, be guided on a series of gentle and energising movements and poses, carving space for open dialogue, freely exploring emotions and confronting fears. Clear the mind and slow down in the evenings with Yin Yoga and Pranayama classes as well as two dedicated mindfulness workshops. 

Appreciate spreads of colour exploring the Tuscan countryside on two dynamic mountain E-bike excursions. One of these will end with truffle hunting and tasting as later summer marks the beginning of the truffle hunt season, a noble gift of Mother Nature. Additionally, enjoy a sunset horseback ride around the property’s bridges and streams.

The flavours of Tuscany are not to be ignored. Learn to choose seasonal and relevant ingredients before being shown how to cook these together using traditional Tuscan recipes. For this retreat, a delicious taste of Tuscany menu is specially designed by Balance Holidays and the chefs, using ingredients sourced from the certified organic Il Borro gardens. Additionally, visit and enjoy a guided wine tasting session in the property’s wine cellars, which is one of the oldest in Italy where the very first Chianti wine was produced. Unfold the art of winemaking and taste the region-famed fine wines for a complete taste of Tuscany!

During free time, rest by the pool or at the spa. The programme includes a complimentary spa treatment inclusive of a massage specifically designed for Balance Holidays’ guests, utilising the extra virgin olive oil produced by the estate. It also includes two dedicated mindfulness workshops.

Throughout this retreat, stay at the exceptional property of Il Borro. Carrying a history dating back to 1254, every alley, every stone speaks of a time filled with flavours and scents belonging to a rare and authentic Tuscany. Furthermore, the property is underpinned by ethical principles, making eco-conscious choices orientated towards sustainability. Renewable energy, the use of natural fertilizers and no use of pesticides in its vineyards, olive grove and gardens are a few examples.

*To learn more about how a typical day on a retreat looks like, please see sample here and for more information about food and cuisine, please see here.

What's included

  • Daily Dynamic Odaka Yoga Flow
  • Evening Hatha Yin Yoga & Pranayama classes
  • E-bike Excursion
  • Truffle Hunt followed by Tasting
  • Traditional Tuscan Healthy Cooking Class
  • Sunset Horseback Ride
  • X2 Mindfulness Workshops
  • Complimentary Spa Treatment
  • Field-to-Fork Gourmet Meals
  • Accommodation in Medieval Village

The Expert

Melania De Masi

Melania is an enthusiastic Odaka yoga teacher with a contemporary and innovative style that is popular in Japan and incorporates martial arts, Zen and traditional yoga postures. She trained directly under its founder and holds a diploma in Odaka Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Hatha Yoga/Yin Yoga. 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. 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, keeping eyes open rather than closed to remain conscious of the outside world. She calls her classes an instrument to live a real life, a dynamic mediation rather than isolation. Her goal is to allow her students to discover the potential hidden within and unlock it, helping them realise that once they lift the self-imposed image, transformation happens.

Venue

Experience an authentic Tuscan village spirit in a discreet 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, allowing a typically traditional Tuscan experience that will not go forgotten.

Room Types

Premium

Having recently undergone renovation works, the Premium Rooms at Il Borro will provide a space of utmost comfort while modestly preserving its traditional Tuscan character. Complete with traditional fireplaces and modern amenities including bathtubs, large showers and reading corners, the Premium suite rooms are swathed in soft tones to create a pleasantly welcoming ambience. Reach for a near-by window or unlatch the panel doors in the morning to catch the medieval village grounded in all its authentic brilliance. Toiletries included.

Superior

Situated in the heart of the medieval village, the Superior suite is a step into fuss-free comfort. 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. Each suite is furnished with ultra-modern amenities and toiletries.

Shared spaces

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.

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. 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. It is now owned by Mr Ferruccio Ferragamo, who after carrying out the restoration and refurbishment works has transformed the property into an eco-conscious sanctuary.

Other activities (not included in the price)

Extra SPA treatments, open-air golf, tennis lessons, five-a-side football, craft workshops, shopping tour, horse-riding lessons, Chianti wine tour and excursions.

Location

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 Mr Ferruccio Ferragamo 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

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 guestrelation@ilborro.it 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

Check-in/ check-out

An arrival and initiation ceremony takes place at 6p m, 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 checkout.

What to pack

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. We also suggest bringing sunscreen and insect repellent.