What we love
Voted as one of the most romantic hotels in Europe, it was almost impossible to believe that as we sat in our state of relaxation, transfixed by some of the best views known to man from their pristine gardens just 10 minutes from the heart of Florence. Life does not get much better than this.
Setting the scene
Dating from the 15th century this once Renaissance monastery is now consistently recognised as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, standing proud upon the hilltop town of Fiesole.The service is impeccable, the views quite simply unbelievable and are to be marvelled at from every corner of the hotel. The ethereal beauty you'll discover inside is that of the monastery's sublime solitude; a living, breathing example of Italy's glorious past yet only a short drive from the centre of the wonderful Florence.
Of the 46 rooms in the hotel, 25 of them are suites. All, not surprisingly, boasting those delightful views over the garden and the heart of Tuscany beyond. Each of their light, bright and spacious suites enjoy terraces hedged with laurel and lemon trees. The Donatello Suite alone occupies an entire corner of the original monastery. The crowning jewel is their Michelangelo Suite which stretches the whole length of the property and was once the library of the monastery and latterly the Italian headquarters of Napoleon - truly fit for an emperor. All of the 46 rooms & suites have large, authentic marble en-suite bathrooms.
Drawing locals and tourists alike from far and wide, Belmond Villa San Michele's La Loggia is one of Italy's most sought after restaurants. The food is fit for its surroundings - sublime and delectable, Tuscan delicacies and classic dishes performed with pride to perfection. For the start of an evening, the Loggia Bar is a great place to get in the mood for an evening in Florence with a live pianist playing from 7pm to midnight, enjoy a refreshing light lunch and drink at the poolside Restaurant and Bar, situated beside the stunning hilltop swimming pool, enclosed by lemon trees and pristine garden. If following a long day sight seeing in Florence you are loathed to end your day too soon, then make for the Cloisters bar, located in the old part of the monastery, the bar boasts a glass roof and is furnished in antique style serving a late dinner from 11:30pm - 1:00am.
If you are able to tear yourself away from the simple pleasure of sitting back and absorbing the jaw-dropping views over Tuscany then there is a small but well equipped gym in the hotel should the temptations of their La Loggia restaurants prove too much. A main attraction of this incredible hotel is its proximity to the jewel of Tuscany; Florence. A tranquil haven commanding front row seats at the best showcase in Tuscany, yet only a 15 minute drive away from the cultural hotpot of Florence. Here you can fully immerse yourself in the authentic Italian way of life and to venture further afield, why not hire a vesper or a Fiat 500 and take to the magnificent surrounding cities and villages of Siena, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano and Bologna. You really are positioned at the gateway to Tuscany and all her treasures.
Superb for families, the historic and cultural wealth of this area of Tuscany will not fail to capture the hearts of all ages; young and old. The hotel actively encourages you to bring your little ones along during the summer with their Kids Club open from June - August offering pizza making classes, cooking classes and picnics in the woods of the surrounding countryside.
The nearest airport to the hotel is Florence Airport - 20 minute drive. However, the flight options from the UK to Florence airport are limited. There are better options from Pisa airport which is about an hour car journey from Florence.
- £1295pp for 3 nights bed and breakfast in a Classic Room, including flights and transfers