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belmond CASTELLO DI CASOLE

Belmond Castello di Casole stretches into the Tuscan sky as organically as the ancient vineyards and regal cypress trees at its base. Sun-starched stonework and rusty tones blend seamlessly with our enchanting rural surrounds.

Head high into the hills around Casole on an unassuming farm road. Between leafy banks and tall trees you will catch your first glimpse of our medieval castle, presiding over untouched landscape. As you rise towards our open doors, you’ll discover the irresistible spirit of rural Tuscany in each breath of fragrant, sunbaked air.

Step over the threshold into a thousand years of history, where our doorman greets you with a warm welcome. Inside the cool air offers a refreshing retreat from the Tuscan sun, while exposed beams and earthen tones harbour a glorious past that echoes the surrounding landscape. Radiating from the heart of the complex, cosy stone farmhouses have been masterfully transformed into luxury cottages and suites. They still maintain their original chimneys, a throwback to the days of Tuscan family gatherings and home-cooking.

Once settled in and suitably revived, head to the heated infinity pool for a spot of relaxation. Sunbathe in the balmy warmth or swim to the edge, gazing across the painterly rolling hills. For deeper indulgence, descend to the former wine cellar to unwind at our Essere Spa. You’ll discover a peaceful eden for sanctuary seekers, with a decadent menu of rejuvenating rituals featuring heavenly natural ingredients like rosemary, grape, olive oil and honey.

You may have heard whispers of Visconti’s legendary Hollywood parties hosted at the castle, during the times of La Dolce Vita. Our vibrant Bar Visconti rather gives the secret away. Of course, you’ll want to sample Tuscany’s world-famous cuisine, and we have the perfect spot for you. Our restaurant, Tosca, promises inspired dining with locally sourced produce served under the shimmer of Murano glass chandeliers. Or take your seat on the terrace at Cip’s Club by Belmond Hotel Cipriani and soak up breathtaking views. Enjoy a taste of Venetian cuisine, thoughtfully combined with traditional Tuscan specialities.

Nestled deep within Tuscany’s tranquil heartlands, those seeking quiet bliss will not be disappointed, but Belmond Castello di Casole is also alive with activity. Anticipate an array of pursuits rom mountain biking and truffle hunting to exclusive tours of the Brunello di Montalcino vineyards—adventurous spirits will feel right at home.

The humble farming origins of Belmond Castello di Casole resonate firmly in our foundations, and we remain rooted to the landscape and traditions of Tuscany. However flashes of fairytale fantasy and luxury glamour can be found at every step. Stay here, and anticipate a feast for the soul.

 

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Località Querceto
Casole d’Elsa, Siena
Italy
Tel: +39 0577 961501

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belmond REID'S PALACE

Until Madeira Airport opened in 1964, you could only reach the island by sea. Belmond Reid’s Palace, perched on the precipice of craggy rocks, was not easily accessible. But, we had an answer: staff would carry guests up to the hotel in hammocks, making sure that they could reach this clifftop haven in style. Things have moved on since then, but our commitment to indulgence remains unparalleled.

To step through the doors of Belmond Reid’s Palace is to enter a world of timeless elegance. We’ve been welcoming guests for more than 125 years. George Bernard Shaw learnt to tango here, Churchill came to write his memoirs and paint. Suites are named after both, and decor throughout embraces old-world charm.

At Belmond Reid’s Palace, luxury is tinged with nostalgia. Rock in a wicker chair as waves crash against the cliffs below or make your way downstairs for a game of bridge. Snooker and billiards are always popular. Don’t leave without taking afternoon tea. Set on our famed checkered terrace, it’s a time honoured tradition. Madeira cakes are a mouthwatering treat while looking out over the bay.

The great outdoors attracts many to the island. Our subtropical gardens soothe and enchant. Stroll through acres of orchids and palms or soak up the sun at one of three pools. Head to the sea-level platform for a refreshing Atlantic dip before treating yourself to an alfresco massage. With the warm breeze blowing, you’ll feel you’re in paradise.

Of course, there’s plenty for thrillseekers too. Test your mettle against our resident tennis pro, or pick up a paddleboard and drift out to sea.

From tropical breakfasts at our Pool Terrace to cool aperitifs at our Cocktail Bar, food and drink always come with sweeping Atlantic views. Michelin-starred William Restaurant pairs elegant plates with floor to ceiling panoramas, while Ristorante Villa Cipriani boasts some of the island’s best Italian cuisine. Sit on the romantic terrace and try risotto with pigeon or sweet potato gnocchi.

During winter, each Monday afternoon we host traditional dance classes. Dress to impress and put your new moves to the test in our Dinner Dance. Don’t worry if you think you’ve got two left feet. After all, we managed to teach Mr. Shaw.

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Estrada Monumental 139
9000-098 Funchal, Madeira
Portugal
Tel: +351291717171

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belmond La residencia

The beautiful Balearics may have gained fame as a place for partygoers. But there’s another side to Mallorca—a side that’s altogether quieter and more sophisticated. Where late nights are traded for early mornings filled with salt water swims and hilltop hikes.

Belmond La Residencia is a place that knows luxury—and life—is best served chilled. Clinging to a hillside in the charming village of Deià, the hotel offers unrivalled views over the Tramuntana Mountains and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Breathe deeply as you wander through a maze of sweet-scented citrus trees, keeping an eye out for olive groves that are older than the hotel’s historic buildings. Our housemade olive oil is served throughout our restaurants and incorporated into treatments in the award-winning spa.

The heart of Belmond La Residencia beats from two manor houses that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Behind the honey-coloured stone walls and pale green shutters you’ll find original beams are complemented by whitewashed walls. Come summer, the cooling terracotta tiles fend off the heat of the sun.

Should you wish to explore, the hotel is cradled by UNESCO-protected countryside which entices hikers. Guests can also venture out on two wheels with a professional cyclist as a guide. Those in search of something a little more high octane should explore via vespa—we’ll even pack a picnic for you.

Gastronomy is, after all, our pride and joy. Under the steady hand of Chef Guillermo Mendez, who has been with the hotel for almost three decades, we champion both Mediterranean cuisine and wine from a burgeoning local scene. While the hotel’s fine-dining options include the romantic El Olivo, you can also choose to take it easy over tapas at Café Miró. Named after the celebrated Spanish artist, you’ll find 33 of his works adorning the walls.

Art abounds in every corner here. Beyond our in-house gallery, there are over 750 original works by locals artists displayed across our rooms. Visit the studio of Alan Hydes, our resident painter, for an art class. Or create something three-dimensional with resident sculptor Juan Waelder. Our bi-annual art competition supports emerging artisans from the community. It’s this kind of commitment to our environment that has led locals to call us La Res. We hope you will too.

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DeíaSon Canals
07179 Deía, Mallorca
Spain
Tel: +34 971 639011

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belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

It is fitting that Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea began life in the 1950s as a hidden hideaway. Perched on an idyllic stretch of Sicilian coast, this former villa oozes glamour and old-world charm. There’s something special in the air—relaxing in such magical surroundings gives new meaning to the phrase ‘la dolce vita’.

A stay at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea feels like reconnecting with long lost friends. We preserve the personality of an elegant private residence: you’ll be greeted with cool homemade lemonade when you arrive, and alfresco breakfasts offer a bounty of hand-picked local fruit. It’s these little details that will help you sink into a world of calm, as soothing as the sound of the ocean. Balconies are bejeweled with bright geraniums, and lush terraced gardens lead down to our picturesque pebbled beach.

The bays here are rich with enchanting caves to discover and beautiful little islands to explore. A thin strip of sand connects the beach to Isola Bella. Walk across and visit the nature reserve or enjoy the solitude of its rocky beaches. The Ionian Sea is rejuvenative. Bobbing sailboats add to the heavenly feel of the place.

Set apart from our private beach, there’s also an exclusive stretch housing six luxury cabanas. With sun-loungers and shaded sofas, they make lovely little hideaways. Should you prefer your water a little warmer, our heated infinity pool is irresistible. Enjoy the sweeping sea views as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Come evening, make the most of the surroundings by dining on the terrace. Or let us arrange private dinner on the beach—musicians will sail across the bay just to serenade you.

Restaurant Oliviero serves regional dishes that allow local ingredients to shine. Chef Aniello grills seafood freshly caught in our water—swordfish and sardines are always a favourite. Our sommelier knows the perfect wines to pair them with. He recently won best sommelier in Italy and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the excellent regional wines. Don’t leave, of course, without trying chef Michele’s pastries. The cannoli—a local delicacy made with sheep’s milk ricotta—are little mouthfuls of heaven.

After dinner, head to our open-air bar, where DJs set a vibrant scene. With the sea lapping at the shore, there’s no dance floor quite like it. Cocktail in hand, dance the night away as the stars twinkle overhead.

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ADDRESS

Via Nazionale 137
98039 Taormina Mare, Messina
Italy
Tel: +39 0942 627 1200

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belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Don Francesco La Floresta’s decision to convert his house into a hotel in 1873 made perfect sense. Ever since a Prussian artist returned to the mainland with watercolours depicting views from his guesthouse, he had received visitor after visitor. People from all over Europe wanted to see the panoramas for themselves. Well over a hundred years later, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo’s breathtaking vistas and unique charm continue to enchant.

Make your way up the rugged cliffs on which Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is perched and a sense of enchantment soon takes over. You may be right in the heart of Taormina but you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon your very own hideaway.

The magic grows when you lay eyes on our lovely entrance, swathed in bougainvillea. Through our doors, everything inspires—from our warm doorman (a part-time aria singer) to our mixologist’s aperitivos. Soak up the sun by our pool or stroll through acres of lush garden graced with tropical palms and wild flowers. There’s even a kitchen garden: The Restaurant uses only the freshest local ingredients for its Sicilian dishes, whether that be Mozia salt or Bronte pistachios.

There’s no better place to take in the dramatic sunset than our Literary Terrace. The panoramas need to be seen to be believed: Truman Capote enjoyed them so much that he stayed for two years; D. H. Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterley’s Lover here. Writer’s block? It’s here you’ll want to sit and craft your postcards home.

Each time you gaze out across medieval Taormina, it’s like seeing the world anew. With clusters of terracotta roofs giving way to shimmering blue sea and dramatic Mount Etna looming on the horizon, views here are a transcendent experience. You’ll struggle to take your eyes away.

You can find more of this little island’s treasures at our Wellness Centre. Our signature Sicilian Sensations treatment features a lava ash exfoliation, a pumice stone footbath and handmade soap using local extra virgin olive oil. If one of the world’s most magnificent views hasn’t already sent you into total bliss, this surely will.

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Via Teatro Greco, 59
98039 Taormina, Messina
Italy
Tel: +39 0942 627 0200

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belmond Hotel Caruso

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Belmond Hotel Caruso is suspended in a heavenly realm, somewhere between the sea and the sky. Set into the cliff edge, around 350m above sea level over tiered groves of lemons and olive vines, it’s your private balcony over the Mediterranean.

Sat on a limestone throne at the peaceful pinnacle of Ravello, Belmond Hotel Caruso gazes out over the Tyrrhenian Sea. The hotel was originally built in the 11th century by a wealthy family, shipwrecked on their journey to Constantinople. It was once called Palazzo d’Afflitto—the Palace of the Afflicted.

Today, the name could not be further from the truth. Belmond Hotel Caruso boasts all the worldly luxuries anyone could desire. Vibrant frescoed salons play neighbour to stone vaults adorned with arches and chandeliers. Marbled hallways lead to rooms brimming with antiques and paintings by old masters. In each nook visitors will uncover a new and intriguing part of the hotel’s history.

Inside, our 51 rooms have been lovingly restored to their ancient Neapolitan glory. Expect hand-crafted terracotta floors and Naples-yellow walls adorned with neo-classical antiques. Fresh flowers and stunning coastline vistas complete the experience.

Join head gardener Gaetano and explore our verdant grounds, over 100 years in the making. Meander down the rose arbour to our infinity pool. Its an architectural triumph that seemingly extends straight into the ocean. Re-energise with one of our personal trainers; the panoramic sea view from our gym adds a nice distraction.

Shopaholics, meanwhile, will enjoy our in-house boutique. Goods have all been hand-picked or exclusively designed for the hotel. Later, liberate mind, body and soul at our Wellness Centre. We recommend the signature ‘Ritual of Happiness’ treatment, complete with a foot bath, body exfoliation and alfresco massage.

From Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello is yours to explore. Spend an afternoon wandering the lush lemon terraces. Perhaps find a bird’s eye view over the Amalfi Coast by helicopter. Take our traditional wooden boat, Ercole, to Positano, or drive to Roman Pompeii. Whatever your heart desires, our concierge will happily arrange.

Come evening, chef Mimmo di Raffaele injects modern flair into traditional Italian dishes at Belvedere Restaurant. Each creation uses world-class local produce. What better way to cap off the night than at our atmospheric Cocktail and Piano Bar? With innovative cocktails, wines, champagne and local prosecco, it’s the destination of choice for Amalfi Coast nightlife.

It’s testament to Belmond Hotel Caruso that when guests come to depart they have a tear in their eye. The only affliction here is ever having to leave our piece of paradise.

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P.zza San Giovanni del Toro 2
84010 Ravello, Salerno
Italy
Tel: +39 089 858 801

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belmond HOTEL SPLENDIDO & SPLENDIDO MARE

“Heaven… I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…” Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s classic song ‘Cheek to Cheek’ could well have been written about Belmond Hotel Splendido. Such is its magical air of romance—from the twinkling stars above the moonlit ocean to the swaying palms around the hotel.

In fact, the hotel’s official serenade is the lilting 1958 ballad ‘Love in Portofino’ by Italian vocalist Fred Buscaglione. It was inspired by Belmond Hotel Splendido’s most celebrated lovers, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. When the pair escaped here on a break from filming Cleopatra in Rome, Burton proposed to Taylor on the wisteria-covered terrace of their suite. Taylor adored the hotel, and the couple subsequently returned, time and again, to stay in Bungalow Five.

Portofino village itself is irresistibly pretty, perched on the coast of Italy’s smallest region, Liguria. Surrounded by lush greenery, pastel-washed houses cluster like petit fours around an impossibly blue cove. You’ll find Belmond Hotel Splendido up on the verdant hillside, its location offering spectacular views of Portofino and the Gulf of Tigullio. Garlanded in dazzling wysteria, this 16th-century former monastery first opened its doors as a hotel in 1901. It offers relaxed luxury on an unparallelled level. For those feeling the call of the sea, Belmond Splendido Mare is a ten-minute stroll from the main hotel and set on the vibrant piazzetta overlooking the harbour.

This truly is la dolce vita. Swim and sunbathe by our generous saltwater pool or don tennis whites for a match on the beautiful tennis courts. Stretch out at our acclaimed spa or head outside and unwind in the sauna, shaded by the flora.

Of course, eating well is part of the Italian experience, and Belmond Hotel Splendido offers exceptional cuisine. At our renowned open-air restaurant La Terraza, chef Corrado Corti works wonders with regional seafood and pasta specialities. At Belmond Splendido Mare, Chuflay restaurant offers an atmosphere of pure Golden Age glamour. We’ll admit, Spaghetti à la Elizabeth Taylor remains a favourite among diners.

Those wishing to explore this area of extraordinary beauty may like to take a nature walk, kayak around the bay, or even go scuba diving. Or perhaps you’d like to visit Genoa’s hidden boutiques and find a singular, stylish souvenir. Whichever way you choose to enjoy Portofino, let the hotel gather you in its embrace when you return. Our favorite way to start the evening? Sipping an aperitif in the cool, sophisticated cocktail bar. In a word: Heaven.

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ADDRESS

16034 Portofino, Genova
Salita Baratta 16
Italy
Tel: +39 018 526 7801

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belmond Villa San Michele

It’s rare, especially in a city as magnetic as Florence, for a hotel to be a destination in itself. Yet marrying Renaissance splendour with contemporary luxury, this former medieval monastery captures the imagination.

Nestled on the verdant Fiesole hills, Belmond Villa San Michele echoes Florence as a whole. Blending 14th century artistic flair with the region’s ethereal beauty, the hotel is as inspiring as the city’s greatest cathedrals and galleries. Our facade, attributed to Michelangelo, is hugged by lush woodland and terraced gardens. From here, visitors enjoy an unparalleled panorama over Florence and the Chianti hills beyond.

Little wonder then that Hollywood elite and British royalty have flocked to us. Julia Roberts, Vivienne Westwood, The Prince of Wales and John F. Kennedy rank among our illustrious former guests. Indeed, Fiesole itself has historically drawn the richest and brightest Florentines. The Medicis built their villas here, and Renaissance artist and Dominican friar Fra Angelico took his vows among these hills. In 1506 Leonardo da Vinci first demonstrated his flying machine from Montececeri Park, a short journey from our front door.

It was about this time that a community of Franciscan monks first laid the foundations for what would later become Belmond Villa San Michele. Today, within its warren of rooms and corridors, vaulted ceilings and worn terracotta floors count among its charming original features. The hotel’s 46 guestrooms and suites—including the private 3-bedroom Limonaia Villa—have a fittingly serene feel with antique furnishings and old master paintings. The villa’s former monastic residents may have been surprised to see our Carrara marble bathrooms and modern luxuries, however.

Step outside and relax in our Italian gardens, tinged with the scent of orange blossom and rose. One of our expert gardeners will show you around. Spot our 300-year old wisteria which, come spring, swathes our lawn-facing facade in purple. Take a dip in our pool perched on the hillside or enjoy an al fresco massage, each while taking in breathtaking views of the Arno Valley.

Should you wish to get creative, Belmond Villa San Michele offers a range of activities. Unleash your inner chef at our world-renowned cooking school with executive chef Attilio Di Fabrizio. Alternatively, shake things up at our head barman’s cocktail masterclass.

The elegantly rustic La Loggia restaurant inspires the eyes and palate. Sample seasonal Tuscan dishes at sunset. Watch as the skyline transforms from a tapestry of domes and turrets into a soft sea, punctuated by twinkling lights. Few restaurants and, indeed, few destinations in the world can match this for romantic bliss.

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50014 Fiesole
Via Doccia 4 Firenze
Italy
Tel: +39 055 567 8200

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belmond Hotel Cipriani

It makes perfect sense that Belmond Hotel Cipriani was dreamed up in the era of such classic, romantic Italian films as Roman Holiday, Three Coins in the Fountain and Summertime. Opened in 1958, this iconic hotel is now celebrated as a true classic in its own right.

Welcome to a place where such old-fashioned qualities as elegance, courtesy and charm become more than mere fantasy. As real as the delicious cocktail that George Clooney created here with his friend, our head barman Walter Bolzonella. The pair dubbed it ‘Buona Notte’ after the actor’s film, Good Night And Good Luck.

Set on Giudecca Island, a five-minute ride by private launch from St Mark’s Square, Belmond Hotel Cipriani captures everything La Serenissima is famed for. An oasis of calm in vibrant Venice, this most exclusive property offers privacy and peace to all who stay here. It’s little wonder that its guests include the world’s most photographed film stars such as Mr Clooney—along with politicians, writers and designers. What’s important is that each of our guests—famous or not—receives the same personal attention.

Here the very notion of service enters a new dimension. Should you wish to play tennis on our red-clay court, you can up your game by taking on a professional tennis player. Care to visit our neighbouring islands? Our private mahogany motorboat, Shirley, has room for up to ten passengers. Her dedicated captain will take you to Murano for glass and Burano for lace. We’ll pack you a picnic and champagne for the sunset.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Belmond Hotel Cipriani makes your experience of this already exquisite city even more beautiful. From our commanding views of the shapely Venetian towers and domes across the turquoise lagoon to the roses, jasmine and wisteria that softly scent our ancient courtyard, every step brings another postcard-perfect moment. Indeed, our luxurious spa is set in the lush gardens where Casanova once wooed his lovers. While the hotel’s fine-dining options include our Michelin-starred restaurant Oro, you can also choose to take it easy and grab a perfectly-prepared bite by our Olympic-size pool—the only outdoor pool in Venice. Either way, may we suggest a bellini at Bar Gabbiano? It was our founder Giuseppe Cipriani who created the drink, so it’s only right to sip it on the terrace, serenaded a grand piano.

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ADDRESS

Giudecca 10
30133 Venezia, Venezia
Italy
Tel: + 39 041 240 801

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