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adler thermae

4 nights half board from £895 adler thermae tuscany

This relaxed spa and wellness resort in the Tuscan hills is a lovely place to reclaim your mojo, with brilliant spa facilities, a genuine thermal water source and delicious Italian food.

Inside it’s all soothing light wood and fresh clean spaces. There are restorative views of the Tuscan hills, cypress trees and the pretty hilltop village of Castigliano d’Orcia from rooms and terraces, and bedrooms are simple, well-designed affairs, with simple furniture and walls in uplifting spring colours, many split level and each with a balcony or terrace.

You can eat as little or as much as you like – food intolerance, nutrition and body composition check-ups are available, special diets can be catered for, including weight-loss, wheat and dairy-free, or just indulge in the sumptuous Italian menu – the main courtyard restaurant has a wonderful glass ceiling which opens up on warmer nights to reveal the stars in the night sky of Tuscany

In the grounds you’ll find the main thermal water pool with massage jets and waterfalls, part of which is undercover for cooler days. There’s a large swimming pool surrounded by garden areas and sun loungers, and a highly impressive selection of saunas and steam rooms, including an Etruscan sauna in which you inhale a refreshing salty steam to help clear out your nose and lungs; a herbal steam room and an olive wood sauna set on a small lake.

The spa has 17 treatment rooms, including a quieter corridor of rooms for holistic treatments. There are two levels of relaxation beds looking over a small lake, and a small watsu pool. Pamper junkies and those looking for longer-lasting holistic therapies will love the vast treatment list. There’s an onsite doctor who can tailor a health programme to suit your needs, and the daily programme of activities includes yoga and pilates, hydro biking, various stretch classes, mountain biking and daily guided walks.

Highs

  • The impressive selection of saunas and steam rooms
  • Superlative Italian cuisine and service
  • It’s just two minutes walk from the gorgeous town of Bagno Vignoni, great for pottering around.

Lows

  • It’s large – there are 90 rooms here – though the design of the building never makes you feel crowded.
  • The pool area can get noisy during busy periods - ask for a room with a valley view if you want to be quieter.
  • There are cigar and cocktail evenings (which we decided to avoid)

Healthy Traveller tip

It’s curiously relaxing to float in the underground salt bath, the Grotta Salina.

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Prices

4 nights half board accommodation from £895 per person sharing.  Flights and airport transfers available on request.  Price includes:
  • Accommodation in a Superior Room
  • Half board
  • Access to the thermal spa pools
  • Access to the saunas and relaxation areas
  • Access to the fitness club
  • Participation in the outdoor programme with trekking, biking and tasting local produce
  • Free use of the hotel’s mountain bikes

Accommodation

Superior double / twin / family junior suite or family suites.  All with a terrace or balcony and panoramic views of the Orcia valley.

All rooms are fully equipped with the following:

  • Satellite TV
  • Internet access
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Healthy vitality mini-bar

Food & Drink

Light and enjoyable cuisine is the best recipe for a holistic sense of wellbeing.  The chefs at Adler Thermae use fresh, local produce and ingredients to create a wide variety of sophisticated meals and Tuscan specialities.  Choose from our daily changing 4 to 5 course menus à la carte and enjoy the ADLER delights in the idyllic atmosphere of our “Starlight Roof” Restaurant.   A rich buffet is served with a wide range of fresh salads, different types of cheese and delicious desserts.

Alternatively,  for those who wish to be more health-conscious, we also serve low-calorie, vitality and diet meals based on the "Adler Balance" health program.

Spa

The spa has 17 treatment rooms, including a quieter corridor of rooms for holistic treatments. There are two levels of relaxation beds looking over a small lake, and a small watsu pool.  There is a vast array of treatments on offer and an onsite doctor who can tailor a health programme to suit your needs.

Children

Children are welcome at Alder Thermae and there is a brilliant kids' club (open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30 - 22.00 and on Thursday and Sunday from 14.00 - 22.00)

Kids aged 4 and up can join the group, make new friends, go on exciting outdoor adventures, run around the indoor playground paradise, watch funny kids movies, have water fights in the kid's pool, learn how to swim, enjoy special wellness offers just for kids and much more!

Babysitting can also be organised.

Location

Nearest airport is Perugia (85km / 90 minutes), followed by Florence (130km / 2 hours).  Airport transfers can be organised upon request.

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