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In the 16th century the noble Malavolti family always strived for the best. When it came to the creation of their luxurious country residence in the heart of Tuscany’s Crete Senesi they turned to one of the best known architects of the Italian Renaissance, Baldassarre Peruzzi, who eventually created the residence now known as Villa Armena. Following an extensive reconstruction the villa and its gardens, located just outside of Buonconvento, have been fully restored to once again show-off the original features dating back to the 1500s. Today the restored villa has been transformed into an exclusive luxury boutique hotel and beauty farm, which has relied on the latest standards of luxury and indulgence to create a unique experience for all the senses of true connoisseurs of all that is the best.
The hotel has just 10 rooms each one styled in a completely different manner. Every room has a superb view and is furnished with gorgeous antique furniture, paintings, prints and rich fabrics. Carefully combined into the elegant accommodation are the modern day requirements of wi-fi, air conditioning, heating and the most sumptuous ensuite bathrooms with hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and the softest of towels.
Villa Armena offers wonderful dining using the philosophy ‘Made in Italy only’. The chef proudly uses fresh local goods in his unique ‘Slow Food’ menus, many of these products coming from the villa’s own vegetable garden. The restaurant offers excellent traditional fare often mixed with a contemporary twist and there is also a comprehensive wine cellar which you are invited to wander through to select different grapes to suit your tastebuds!
The hotel’s delightful spa is a real oasis of privacy and peace with beautifully designed relaxation areas with hamman, hydromassage pool, sauna, earth room, water room, sensation room and much, much more.
Location: Siena 36km, Florence 110km, Pisa 197km, Cortona 65km, Arezzo 80km, Rome 228km
Price: From £280 – £570 per room per night on a B&B basis dependent on room type.