Il Borro Relais, Tuscany, Italy
Reimagine your wellbeing and find serenity wandering beneath the native cypress trees in a spectacular corner of Italy on the Restore at Tuscan Medieval Retreat. Backed by generous spreads of textured landscape that look out to a screen of natural beauty. Uncover new possibilities as you unwind, grow and explore as one with nature.
Begin each day with an open heart and mind in Dynamic Odaka Flow Yoga with our expert, Melania de Masi. Be guided on a series of gentle and energising movements and poses, carving space for open dialogue, freely exploring emotions and confronting fears.
Appreciate spreads of colour and meditative sounds winding along the Tuscan countryside on a relaxed horseback ride followed by an outdoor picnic. In the late-summer months, horseback riding will take place around sunset, to let the body and mind expand with curiosity and new insights. Feel present in the company of nature with guided treks and dynamic mountain E-bike excursions. Depending on the time of year, this programme will also include a truffle hunting and tasting. A seasonal noble gift of Mother Nature.
The flavours of Tuscany are not to be ignored. Learn to choose and pair seasonal ingredients before being shown how to cook these together using traditional recipes in a healthy cooking workshop. For this retreat, a delicious taste of Tuscany menu is specially designed by Balance Holidays with the expertise of the property chefs. All ingredients will be sourced from the certified organic Il Borro gardens. Unfold the art of winemaking and taste region-famed wines in 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.
Clear the mind and take it slow in the evenings with Yin Yoga, Pranayama classes and two dedicated mindfulness workshops. Dedicated to restoring wellbeing, this programme includes a complimentary spa treatment to further promote relaxation and calm.
Throughout this retreat you will 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.
For all-inclusive 5-day, 4-night double occupancy in the Superior Room, the price is £2,400pp or for single occupancy, the price is £3,420pp.
For all-inclusive 5-day, 4-night double occupancy in the Premium Room, the price is £2,520pp or for single occupancy, the price is £3,600pp.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your health and safety have and will continue to take central priority in everything we do. For this retreat, Balance Holidays and Il Borro have worked together to introduce and adopt heightened levels of health and safety vigilance and measures guided by local health authorities, WHO (World Health Organisation) and CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) above their existing stringent standards. The objective is to provide a safe, comfortable and high-quality experience as expected from us. We also have an individual Restore at Tuscan Medieval Retreat determined Health & Safety protocol in place. If you wish to learn more, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, please refer to our Terms and Conditions or Covid-19 Update.
Carrying a story that dates back to the Medici dynasty, Mr Ferrucccio Ferragamo has restored this medieval property to its former glory and natural splendour. Providing a unique oasis for guests to feel free from the everyday trivia, enjoying moments in a slower and more considered pace. Suspended between past and present, Il Borro is a sanctuary dedicated to wellbeing and the art of hospitality. Framed by a space of unspoilt calm and rich history, exchange distractions for connection, relaxation and introspection. Cobblestone alleys, green fields of vineyards and olive groves will echo Tuscany’s ancient roots to provide a undisputable authentic experience. Tucked between Florence, Siena and Cortona, embodying battle wounds of the past, a freshness of the present and a pensive curiosity for the future, equipped with forward-thinking eco-conscious approaches.
This programme will commence at 6:00pm on the day of arrival. You will be allowed to check into your room from 3:00pm onwards. We therefore suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport to the estate.
The closest airport is Florence, Peretola. You may book a car or taxi from outside the airport, quoting the below address to bring you directly to the estate. Alternatively, the estate will be happy to organise a transfer for you. This transfer service will entail a separate fee, not included as part of the cost of this programme. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “Transfer” in the subject line. Total journey time if local traffic conditions permit will be approximately 60 minutes.
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