Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The welcoming Cesare Restaurant is the pride of the Hotel.
An intimate place which gives guests the possibility to sip tasty coffee, drinks or appetizers while enjoying utmost relax. Those looking for mouth-watering snacks will have the opportunity to taste traditional Piadina from Romagna while sipping fine local wines. Wide selection of teas, tisanes, fruit salads, fresh fruit and ice creams.
For all couples looking for an elegant location to organize their Wedding…
For private Ceremonies, such as Baptisms, Silver weddings, Holy Communions, Confirmations …
For Anniversaries and Special Moments to be celebrated with romantic candle-lit dinners…
Business & Meeting
Cesare Hotel is able to suit even business travellers’ most demanding requirements; apart from well-equipped services and facilities, it offers them the possibility to spend pleasant moments based on utmost relax.
VILLA ARMENA RELAIS - BEAUTY FARM
Villa Armena: luxury small hotel in Tuscany
Located in the romantic heart of Tuscany, only 20 minutes from Siena, only a stone’s throw from Montalcino and Val d’Orcia, in a fairytale world exuding magic and beauty, Villa Armena is a late Renaissance structure. Built of red brick, with original oak beams and roof, and having terracotta floors and a beautiful Italianate garden, Villa Armena today is an exclusive establishment with just 10 rooms, each one unique, where service, attention to detail and exclusivity are the cornerstones of our offering.
The Villa, whose construction is attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, was built in the first half of the sixteenth century. It was the country residence of the noble Malavolti family from Siena who had the good fortune to number among their ranks nine Captains of the People, in other words the most important figures in Siena's political landscape at that time. Legend has it that the name Armena was given to the Villa and its immediate surroundings by a member of the Malavolti family who, returning from the Crusades in the Holy Land, stopped off in Armenia and fell in love with a beautiful local girl. He returned to Italy to get married and decided to devote his feud to his betrothed, calling it Armena as a sign of respect for the origins of the one who had entered his heart and his life so forcefully.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine walking on a carpet of soft grass between rows of cypress, maritime pines and olive trees. The air is fresh, the sky a perfect shade of blue, and the sun gently caresses your skin with its warmth. All around you ... a many-coloured multitude of roses ... Welcome to Villa Armena! A magical place where your senses will come alive while you are walking in the Garden of Perfumes, enjoying well-deserved relaxation in the Ancient Fruit Area, or sipping tea in one of the beautiful rose gardens.
Once upon a time there was a dream. Joy, nature and family. There was once a villa. Left to its own devices, marked by the passage of time and neglected, yet still incredibly bewitching. Hidden from sight but not from the heart. Today that dream has become reality; the Villa has recovered its former splendour and allure. Irrepressible, it has witnessed a triumph of history, magic and pure beauty... Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Villa Armena, your personal Renaissance villa in the heart of the Crete Senesi area!
Villa Armena, Buonconvento, is in the heart of the Crete Senesi. An astoundingly attractive area of unsurpassable historical interest, Buonconvento - whose name derives from the Latin "bonus conventus" meaning a good-natured, fortunate community - is a member of the prestigious "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" Association.
Imagine age-old villas, country houses, monasteries and abbeys.
Imagine endless rows of vineyards that seem to chase each other over the hills.
Imagine small groups of olive trees, so close to each other that they seemingly protect and caress each other with their long branches.
Imagine hundreds of cypress trees competing to reach that small cloud floating in the sea of blue above them.
Imagine all that and, after a glass of Brunello, a local farmer's greeting, and the innocent smile of a local child, you'll fall hopelessly in love with this small, humble part of the world
where the sun remains warm and the air fresh and delicate.
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Rooms e suites
Villa Armena offers a total of 10 rooms, all very different from one another. There are four categories: three Classic rooms, one Junior Suite, five Suites and a Superior Suite. Each room enjoys stunning views over the Villa grounds or the wonderful Crete Senesi and comes with precious furnishings, prints, paintings and fabrics. With a wealth of history, yet boasting all modern amenities, the Villa Armena rooms were designed and built to provide the utmost satisfaction for our guests
Giovanni di Donusdeo Classic
This luxurious Classic room overlooks the unmistakeable landscape of the Crete Senesi - a landscape made up of cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves and maritime pine trees. Furnished to the highest standards by Italian master craftsmen, the room is further enhanced by elegant draperies and fabrics. Painstaking attention to detail can be seen in the bathroom, which features paintings and furnishings typical of a stately home as well as soft fluffy towels, all-enveloping bathrobes, comfortable slippers and the delicate Villa Armena courtesy line.
The beautiful Angelo di Enrico Suite offers wonderful views over the Siena Crete landscape and, in particular, over a swathe of olive trees immediately adjacent to Villa Armena. The room is furnished in style, with very high quality furniture and fabrics typical of the best tradition of Italian master textile craftsmen. The bathroom features a commodious shower enhanced by a colour therapy unit. Guests can also enjoy total relaxation in the extra-large bath in this beautiful suite, together with fluffy towels, all-enveloping bathrobes, comfy slippers and stylish products from the Villa Armena courtesy line.
Malavolti Superior Suite
For a special occasion. For an unforgettable anniversary. For the holiday of a lifetime. Or simply because it is always difficult to give up the best. The Malavolti Superior Suite, with its princely bed, expertly carved furniture, splendid bathroom and a thousand other details that we deliberately do not wish to reveal now so as not to spoil the surprise, is undoubtedly the highlight at Villa Armena. In a word, this is the perfect solution for those who love pampering themselves.
The Orlando di Donusdeo Junior Suite is an amazing room on account of its originality, style and sophistication. The play of light, the opulent furniture, the rich, warm fabrics: everything has been studied down to the smallest detail to provide our guests with unique, unforgettable memories.
Our "Made in Italy" approach leads us to support local Kilometre 0 products and, where possible, to use "Slow Food" produce which is a byword for exceedingly high quality and certified origin. We have attained a high level of self-sufficiency by creating a Garden of Perfumes where, in the early morning, guests are likely to encounter our chef selecting the carrots for dinner.
The Sorbo Allegro [the Merry Rowan] restaurant
This hundred-year old tree that welcomes guests to the Villa garden gave its name to our restaurant. So why do we use the word Merry? Because dining in company is a crucial moment of the day, one which must be lived in a superbly maintained, elegant atmosphere exuding a sense of pleasure; where tradition meets imagination to produce results which are excellent and never dull. The same care and attention is paid to breakfast, taken in the conservatory, where the warm Tuscan sun will be the first to greet you in the morning.
The Villa Armena Living Room
As in any self-respecting house Villa Armena has its own living room. A special room where you can relax after a long day exploring Tuscany, challenging yourself on the greens at one of the affiliated golf-clubs or just lounging in the sun by the pool. In fact Villa Armena is not a hotel, but a Tuscan Villa belonging to the Hosts and this room perfectly encapsulates their philosophy. Here you will find a selection of fine "vini da meditazione" in other words, wines to be enjoyed on their own, unaccompanied by food, a wide selection of different types of grappa and the best liquors from all over the world. Enjoy a drink whilst lounging in an armchair, gazing over the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Guaranteed to stir the heart.
The wine cellar
Ours has been and continues to be a painstaking pursuit of excellence in the world of Italian wine. We eschew typical mass-produced classics and instead focus on lesser-known, smaller vineyards, where you will find passion and professionalism and where the products are genuine. Our wine cellar will give you an overview of Italy's regions, from Valle d'Aosta to Calabria, taking in the islands too. In search of age-old genuineness that speaks of history and tradition. Italy: truly wonderful!
Tuscany SPA & Beauty Farm
Lying before you only an endless succession of harmonious, delicate, sensual colours.
Enveloped in the warm embrace of the Tuscan sun, the sorce of inspiration for many of Italy's most important artists, the Villa Armena Spa was established here. Regenerate your mind and body in an exclusive environment where modern design blends with history. A private haven where you will be made to feel exceptional and where welcome silence will accompany you.
Unique location for your wedding in Tuscany
For most people Tuscany represents the best of Italy: stunning scenery, art, history, culture and top-class cuisine. Villa Armena is the ideal location for successful events not only on account of the romantic atmosphere it exudes but also due to its excellent geographical position (at the heart of Italy and linked to five international airports), its impeccable, sophisticated service and the helpfulness of its staff.
Massimiliano, the Wedding Planner
Allow us to introduce Massimiliano, our in-house Wedding Planner, who will plan your wedding and look after you step by step. Massimiliano works closely with our Chef to prepare a number of menus which you will then choose from; he organizes the photographers, florists and beauty artists, all to ensure the best results and maximum satisfaction. If you really want to spoil your guests, he can recommend a range of extra activities such as wine tours, historic tours, horseback riding or relaxing days at the golf clubs with which we have agreements. Massimiliano will take complete care of you from the first time you meet him until the end of your wedding: put him to the test!
Have you ever seen a conference room surrounded by olive trees, maritime pines, cypresses and roses, where the source of light is not bulbs but the warm Tuscan sun? Have you ever dreamed of holding a board meeting in the middle of a centuries-old park surveyed by the Italian Archive of Art Gardens? So allow us to introduce the meeting room at Villa Armena: the Limonaia [Lemon house]. A very special room, equipped with the latest communication technologies and audiovisual systems, built out of a previous construction made entirely of glass. The ultimate in privacy and functionality, it makes for a truly spectacular location.
Golf in Tuscany
Valdichiana Golf Club Ugolino Golf Club
For aficionados of this wonderful sport we have put together a selection of the best clubs in Tuscany and Umbria: four magnificent courses where you can challenge your friends all the way to the final tee.
|Bellosguardo Golf Club Antognolla Golf Club|
|Antognolia Golfo Club|
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
RESIDENZA 100 TORRI
THE SALON These pleasant rooms with feather sofas, beautiful armchairs and local Ascolan ceramics are there for your enjoyment: for reading, for talking or just for relaxing.
THE RECEPTION The owner, Mrs. Maria Enrica Tassi will be glad to show you everything concerning History, art, shopping and cooking specialities.
All 14 of the exclusive and quiet bedrooms over look the ancient centre of Ascoli and have been created for lovers of detail. Every room has wooden beamed ceilings and parquet flooring but all of the rooms are different-some have terraces; others have canopied beds.
All are lavishly furnished with a mixture of the family's own furniture and designer pieces.
Original works of art decorate the walls.
BEDROOMS - All bedrooms have air-conditioning, safes,frigobars, Satellite and pay TV, direct phone, internet and hairdryers. BAR - Located in the winter garden, the bar service remains always open.
BANQUETING - We will be delighted to organize small events on request.
MEETING ROOM - Suitable for meetings and conferences of up to 40 people. It is furnished and equipped according to your requirements. There is also the possibility of hiring larger meeting rooms in an adjoining building.
CAR PARKING - Please book prior to arrival.
TRANSFERS - We can organize special transfers with chauffeur driven car. Please contact us.
BABY SITTING - Please request while booking.
PILLOWS MENU - A selection of pillows for a tailor-made sleep.
LAUNDRY - Available 12/24.
PETS - Small size pets are welcome. Please notify while booking in order to organize special care for them.
DOG SITTING - Please ask Reception while booking.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
We dreamed of building a Hotel around our guests’ needs and desires. From this dream, in 2008, the Diamante Hotel Alessandria took life.
Run your business meetings and conferences in our convention halls, all fitted with high-tech facilities. Taste our chef's regional specialties in the Lounge Bar. Take a moment to unwind in our boutiques and shopping center. Enjoy a movie in our movie halls.
Keep in shape with a visit to our gyms or relax in our Thermarium pools, complete with sauna and Turkish bath.
Come visit us at the Diamante Hotel, the ideal location for your business trips as well as for your family holidays.
THE DIAMANTE HOTEL'S CONFERENCE CENTER
4 courses within a 25 km radius.
The Diamante Hotel and wellness, a winning combination.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Contrada Mandranova is situated in a naturally magnificent part of Sicily. The wind, sun, sea, and earth strike our imagination with their powerful colours. Full of life, this is a place of both ancient history and Mediterranean beauty, where our olive trees have been swaying restlessly for centuries, blown by the winds of the Sirocco and Maestrale.
Combining traditional knowledge with modern methods, Mandranova products are not only excellent quality, but are true expressions of the land and people of Sicily. Mandranova’s hospitality is authentic and effortless, offering guests a relaxed, traditional experience.
On a hill, a few miles from the sea, there is a green oasis where selected olive trees, some of them over a hundred years old, grow to witness the labour of our ancestors.Here we produce extra-virgin olive oil and conserves that are expressions of our land, our sun, our Sicily.
THE MASTER SUITE
The Master Suite has a warm cozy living room, from which you access two bedrooms: the first room has one double bed or two single beds and a bathroom with bathtub; the second, a single bed with bath/shower room. The suite has original floors of cement and quartz, a warm colour palette, and is decorated in typical Sicilian family style. Central heat and air conditioning are included.
Mandranova offers 2 villas. The Casello, 30 mt. far from the Casale, encircled by palms, Mediterranean plants and olive trees. The "Robazza" is 300 mt. Far from the Casale and is surrounded by olive trees. The properties are available for weekly hire, from Saturday to Saturday, with option of using facilities at the farmhouse.
From home cooked cuisine served in a familiar atmosphere to the organization of parties and excursions, Mandranova is a place where everything is aimed at welcoming our guests.
Our restaurant features home cooking based on regional produce. Our cellar is well equipped with an exciting selection of Sicilian wines.
GUIDED TOURS AND TASTING PRODUCED