Italy is the land of art and fashion. The majority of the European fashion houses are based in Italy, the design is a must-see for those with a tremendous passion for this subject and, for this reason, today we bring you a selection, by Mario Porrovecchio, of five of the best hotels in Italy that appreciate design, whether through their furnishings or art spread throughout. A selection for every sense of taste.
Hotel Saltus (San Genesio Atesino, Bolzano)
Between the magical Salto Plateau, the porphyry red of the Sarentino Alps and the eternal Dolomites there is a place that has a special effect on us: Hotel Saltus. Things that otherwise seem important, here they lose weight and simply fly away, dissolving into the blue of the sky, between the tops of the trees and the infinite. At this time something completely different becomes important – something that we almost forgot. It awakens in us when we hear the sounds of the woods. When we take a deep breath and fill our lungs with crystal clear air that smells of moss and morning dew. In the midst of this enchanted world, the Eco Hotel Saltus grows in a gradation of barely perceptible color. Rooms and suites nestle on top of each other, which with lime floors, clay walls, porphyry quarry stone and beeswax wood treatments, make you forget all boundaries.
Naturalness and aesthetics come together in a masterful composition at 1,100 meters above sea level. In the Forest SPA. In the Sky Pools on the roof. In all rooms of the Eco Hotel in South Tyrol. Next to your bed you will find a small booklet for great thoughts, inspired by the essence of being, which in this special place is expressed in many ways. Keep it – just like the memories of an extraordinary stay in San Genesio.
FOREST LOGGIA: DOUBLE ROOM WITH BALCONY
The sober design of the Forest Lodge fits like a delicate frame around the forest, showing all its facets and with its robust and rooted trunks conveys a feeling of security – directly in front of your window and balcony, on which you can observe the games of colours of the Dolomites in the hot summer evenings. A glass of wine in hand, a precious person in front and the melody of the forest on the background of the first stars of a promising night.
The Forest Lodge allows you to feel all the beneficial effect of the forest, as demonstrated by a study by Roger S. Ulrich. A glance at the trees and the woods is enough to accelerate the healing processes and improve our health in a lasting way. Linen, wool, clay, and lime bring the feeling of nature from the outside to the inside, promising a multisensory life experience that is completed with the view of the forest and the mountain scenery.
Altarocca Wine Resort (Rocca Ripesena, Terni)
A comfortable oasis characterized by a classic design, where you may rest and recharge or take advantage of the peaceful environment to concentrate and work in tranquillity. The easy style and our careful attention to the finest details will make you feel at ease under any circumstances. The silence combined with the breath-taking landscape will make your holiday exclusive, and we will offer you the maximum level of comfort in large, bright spaces. the welcoming and meticulously cared for environments, rich in furnishings and fabrics in soft hues, will leave you with a sense of calm and tranquillity throughout your entire stay.
A spa hotel, located in Umbria on the border of Tuscany, Altarocca wine resort is an unforgettable journey in harmony, tranquillity and well-being for the mind and body, dedicated to a total wellness experience at 360°. Altarocca wine resort is surrounded by twenty hectares of organic vineyards and olive groves, divided into four precious villas that offer spacious suites and cosy rooms, connected by pathways framed with fragrant herbs. Three sun-kissed swimming pools, the intimate, regenerating and silent Altarocca wine spa, and the gym with Technogym equipment offering a panoramic view during workouts are only a few of the highlights of this innovative experience. The invinum restaurant with its scenic terraces where you can savour the flavours of the traditional gastronomic cuisine of Umbria is enhanced by the Altarocca enoteca, a true boutique of select wines and of our own organic winery. Altarocca wine resort will conquer your senses through your taste buds, the innate, refined elegance of the facilities, and the warm welcome that awaits you at our wine resort.
Located in Villa Gualtieri, every detail of the Suite will stimulate your romantic urges. Terracotta flooring, some with bleached wooden beams, a comfortable king size bed and a modern, bright bathroom with a large, high pressure, rainfall shower head. A living room corner with flat-screen TV set, a safe, a mini-bar and corner of tea.
All of the Suites include a scenic, private patio with outdoor furniture. One of the Suites is accessible for individuals with a disability.
Borgo San Luigi (Loc. Strove, Monteriggioni, Siena)
You are here for a reason and that is to relax! The location of the Borgo is very central, and this will allow you to discover Tuscany. Borgo San Luigi is built for you. A 60,000sqm oasis, large spaces, and secret corners. But that’s not all we have to offer: you can drink cocktails at the semi-Olympic pool, stroll in the woods surrounding the estate or play tennis.
A Borgo with 74 rooms surrounded by a park of over 60,000 square meters: privacy, serenity, and authentic experiences. The rooms are tailored for your relaxation, reflect the Tuscan style of the medieval village and welcome guests in a unique atmosphere, offering moments of pleasant tranquillity with the comfort of the rooms located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Excelsior Parco (Marina Grande, Capri, Napoli)
An antique jewel, built in 1906 on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, immersed in a breath-taking landscape where you can enjoy views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, private gardens, clear sky enlightened by the warm sun of Capri and the scent of the Mediterranean. The Art Nouveau style inspired décor of the Hotel Excelsior Parco’s 11 uniquely designed rooms combined with the luxurious furnishings pay homage to the island, the beauty of Capri and the enchanting landscapes noticeable from the intimacy of a private terrace.
Let yourself be spoilt by the elegant atmosphere of the villa and its picturesque views of the Gulf of Naples. Our exceptional hospitality will certainly make your stay unforgettable.
Excelsior Parco has 11 rooms, furnished in Art Nouveau style with motifs and details that make them all unique: the precious ceramics, the floral coverings in Art Nouveau, the refined decorations that grace them and pay homage to the beauty of Capri are all enhanced by an incomparable view of the Gulf of Naples and the courtyard below.
DELUXE 1906 SEA VIEW WITH OUTDOOR JACUZZI
It’s the jewel in the crown of the villa, where the owners used to sleep. Located on the second floor, in the most panoramic point of the hotel, from this exclusive suite of 28 mq you will enjoy an exclusive view of the sea of Capri. Its style blends elegant Art Nouveau motifs with bright nuances and sinuous floral decorations, which border on a charming terrace of 20 square meters with a private outdoor jacuzzi for two.
Santavenere (Maratea, Potenza)
A timeless place cradled by the sea.
The beauty of limitless spaces enveloped by greenery.
The experiences are as unique and intense as the waves.
A cosy home where you always feel welcome.
Santavenere is an endless story.
An ancient charm surrounded by Nature. Gentle curves accompany you in the discovery of the wildest and untouched heart of Maratea, “Dea del Mare” (Queen of the Sea), reaching the Tyrrhenian coast and bringing to life stories from the past. Santavenere stretches for more than three thousand square meters and maintains its antique charm through 34 guest rooms and eighteenth-century style large living rooms. The hotel is immersed in the green Mediterranean Shrub and a short walk from the fully equipped private beach.
In a constant dialogue between nature and the local heritage, Santavenere preserves some collectables such as ceramics from Minturno and colourful tiles from Vietri together with handcrafted furniture, recounting the history of the place.
Thirty-four guest rooms with a lot of stories to tell. Furnishings, views, and size: each room in Santavenere has its own unique style, but they all share a sense of belonging to the local area. The antique and sophisticated furniture sit well with the ceramics of Vietri and every room boasts a breath-taking view of the park or the gulf.
Italy is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world and we would love to know your thoughts about this selection of the best 5 hotels in this beautiful country! Share them in the comment section.
Featured Image: Altarocca Wine Resort (Rocca Ripesena, Terni)
This article was written by Mario Porrovecchio.
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