Halekulani Okinawa

The Firefly Nature Discovery provides guests an intimate opportunity to witness the ethereal beauty of a natural phenomenon. While there are 50 types of fireflies in Japan, Okinawa is home to half of them, due to the lush and natural diversity of the islands. Guided by a local naturalist, guests begin their excursion into the Yambaru National Park shortly before sunset. After climbing in a kayak and paddling through mangrove trees, guests will witness the captivating display of twinkling lights, creating a truly enchanting ambiance and unforgettable experience. The Firefly Nature Walk is available from July through September, making the excursion even more unique and exclusive.

Flavors of Okinawa and Introduction to Okinawan Karate, both of which enable guests to explore and experience why Okinawa has the highest life expectancy in the world, are the keystones of the upcoming Secrets of Longevity series.

Okinawa has historically been known for longevity and is one of only five designated Blue Zones, regions in which people statistically live the longest and are the healthiest. As part of the overarching Halekulani Okinawa Escapes program, the Secrets of Longevity series will endeavor to enlighten, immerse and empower guests to experience indigenous Okinawan practices that result in a longer and healthier life, and learn how to embrace them in their daily lives.

The Flavors of Okinawa experience seeks to explore the connection between diet and longevity through a three-hour adventure to Cafe Garamanjaku, a restaurant in the countryside known for having the best traditional Okinawan food. Guests will visit the restaurant, whose owner and chef has dedicated her life to creating healthy and delicious Okinawan cuisine, and tour its garden of herbs, which are said to be medicinal and the key to a long and healthy life. The experience concludes with experiencing a traditional local dish, such as Goya Chanpuru bitter melon stir fry, which uses these herbs.

Okinawa has served as a mecca for karate since the Ryukyu Dynasty, known for developing a specialized form of self-defense which emphasizes peace. The Introduction to Okinawan Karate features the opportunity to train with an accomplished Karate Master from Okinawa Karate. Through the persistent practice of Okinawan karate movements, guests will achieve a better understanding of the strength needed to exist at peace and be able to implement this mindfulness in their everyday life.

The Secrets of Longevity series was developed by Halekulani Okinawa in partnership with Dr. Masashi Arakawa, Ph.D. In addition to his role as a Professor and Dean at University of the Ryukyus, Dr. Arakawa is known as a leader in health tourism research, wellness tourism research and thalassotherapy (sea water therapy).

Halekulani Okinawa is located within the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park. The luxury beach resort faces approximately one mile of coastline and features 360 rooms, each with a picturesque ocean view of a shining emerald sea, white sand beach and abundance of natural scenery which can only be described as a paradise. For more information, please visit www.okinawa.halekulani.com.


Meet the Tastemakers, Soneva’s Culinary Dream Team

Renowned for its one-of-a-kind dining experiences, Soneva is inviting guests to meet the Tastemakers – the dedicated, international line-up of skilled chefs and sommeliers who create culinary magic every day at Soneva’s world-leading luxury resorts in Thailand and the Maldives.


Premiering on July 16, 2019 and running until early December, the new Tastemakers film series will introduce members of the talented food and beverage teams across Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva Kiri. It offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into everyday life in Soneva’s bustling kitchens, as well as a fascinating insight into each Tastemakers’ personal journey, cooking style and gastronomic philosophy.


What makes a Soneva dinner an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime? It is a combination of the passion of some of the world’s best chefs and sommeliers working hand-in-hand with expert gardeners, fishermen and suppliers who provide the finest and freshest ingredients available.


Meet the Tastemakers – the individuals who together create a unique and unexpected dining experience that will take your breath away.


Chef Benz is the Thai chef named after her father’s favourite brand of car. Discovered by Soneva founders Sonu and Eva, Chef Benz’s unmatched ability to craft exquisite Thai dishes from even the humblest local ingredients has earned her a reputation as one of the country’s most innovative cooking talents.


Discover the intricate craftmanship of guest chef Kenji Gyoten, scheduled to grace the kitchens of Soneva Fushi throughout 2019 and 2020. Renowned for mastering the ancient hontaegashi hand-flipping technique, he is the youngest Michelin-starred sushi chef in Japan, and one of only four Japanese chefs to be awarded a coveted three Michelin stars. Watching Chef Gyoten prepare sushi is comparable to a choreographed dance. The result is sushi that is so complex and so sophisticated it is a truly rare culinary experience.


From Soneva Fushi, find out more about one of the resort’s most-loved characters. Wearing a smile brighter than the morning sun, Sira has been serving up breakfast at Mihiree Mitha for more than two decades, and is famed for his mouth-watering hoppers, a breakfast treat from his Sri Lankan homeland.


Chef Sobah is proud of his Maldivian heritage. He is known for putting his own contemporary twist on Maldivian recipes handed down by his mother and grandmother. His original restaurant, Sobah’s, located on a deserted island near Soneva Fushi was the first resort restaurant in the Maldives to exclusively offer Maldivian delicacies. Chef Sobah now delights diners at Out of the Blue by Sobah with modern Japanese fare using fish caught fresh from the ocean that day.


Chef David knew the first time that he walked through the doors of a professional kitchen that he had found his place. From an early age he set his sights on working in the best kitchens in the world. To this day, he claims to have never worked a day in his life – his kitchen is his home and cooking is his passion.


Chef Priyantha is head chef at The Crab Shack at Soneva Jani, possibly the most romantic restaurant in the world. He grew up on a diet of lagoon crabs in Sri Lanka and now serves a menu inspired by the family recipes of Soneva chefs.


“Tell me who you are and I’ll tell you what you drink.” Take a voyage of wine discovery with Soneva sommeliers whose expertise covers the globe and the rich history of wine.


Join Chef Ansari and his team as they take you on a gastronomical journey around the world. The menu provides a guide but the real magic happens when the chefs and guests meet, allowing the chefs to use their creativity and passion to produce a meal that will be remembered forever.


Chef Jenefer grew up foraging around her rural home in the Philippines. Her sense of adventure has never left her and now she uses her knowledge of botany and her skills as a chef to present plant-based dishes that look like works of art.


From humble beginnings, Chef Ravi used his wits and his charm to persuade those around him to teach him to cook. He has since worked in some of the best restaurants in the world. Visiting his restaurant Down to Earth is like walking into a family home where you will be greeted with a smile, a warm welcome and exquisite food cooked from the heart.


Chef Kichii Okabe blends Japanese tradition with an informality and playfulness that charms his guests. A Japanese grand master chef with a Michelin star heritage, he is on a mission to make people happy, and he knows good food makes people happy.


Dusit launches special accommodation package

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has introduced a special accommodation package offering exceptional value on stays at participating Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

Named Dusit Smart Experience, the package has been designed to showcase the best of what each hotel and resort has to offer and includes daily breakfast for two persons, one lunch and dinner for two persons (buffet or set menu) per stay, round trip airport transfers, and a distinctive one-day local experience led by knowledgeable resident guides.

Available for booking from now onwards, the package is priced depending on the property and is valid for direct bookings made through www.dusit.com only.

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Prices start from:

  • THB 3,939++ (USD 128++) at dusitD2 Ao Nang, Krabi
  • THB 7,000++ (USD 228++) at Dusit Thani Manila
  • THB 7,000++ (USD 228++) at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
  • THB 8,780++ (USD 286++) at dusitD2 Davao
  • THB 9,042++ (USD 295++) at Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo
  • THB 10,847++ (USD 354++) at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
  • THB 14,674++ (USD 479++) at Dusit Thani Pattaya
  • THB 38,312++ (USD 1,250++) at Dusit Thani Maldives


Drawing on more than 70 years of hospitality heritage, Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide are renowned for blending Thai-inspired gracious hospitality with the service culture of each destination to deliver unique experiences for guests. The company currently operates 33 properties across Bhutan, China, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, the UAE, the US (Guam), and Vietnam.


For more information about Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit www.dusit.com.

THOMAS SABO Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign

The magic of jewellery, the magic of being a woman – From 15 July, the new THOMAS SABO Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign will present multi-faceted new jewellery and watch innovations, showcased by global star Rita Ora. Known for her unique, creative and individual style mix, the singer will be the face of the THOMAS SABO world for the next two years and is the focus of the campaign. The lifestyle brands campaign imagery was shot by Cass Bird.


“Wearing jewellery is transforming – through its shine and sparkle. My THOMAS SABO campaign aims to empower women to experience this magical boost of jewellery and to inspire other women to create personal looks full of energy and liveliness”, says Rita Ora at the beginning of the cooperation.


Rita Ora’s self-confident statement and her passion for jewellery are reflected in the new THOMAS SABO designs. Jewellery stars run through the Collection as a constantly reinterpreted detail, like a magical design code. In the foreground are bright jewellery colours with mystical depth, cosmic jewellery interpretations of constellations, continuing through to the true statements of the Collection – iconic Wheel of Fortune designs, magical cats, the compass leading the way and the symbolic labyrinth of life. Each design is intended to remind you that the magical moments in life make your personality shine.


Rita Ora presents the DNA of the THOMAS SABO brand in a new way, with a focused, cool statement. Minimalist designs with the cool lustre of THOMAS SABOS Sterling silver highlight a sense of aesthetics with some designs also available with exquisite yellow gold plating.


The new Autumn/Winter Collection from THOMAS SABO includes rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and watches featuring the well-known, broad design variety for women and men and is perfectly designed for personal combinations: from filigree, playful lucky charms to bold looks, minimalist statements and deep symbolism. The Collection presented by Rita Ora can be discovered from 15 July 2019 in all THOMAS SABO shops worldwide, in shop-in-shops, in the THOMAS SABO online shop at www.thomassabo.com and in selected specialist retail outlets.

The Lost Stone Villas & Spa

The Lost Stone Villas & Spa officially joined the Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Tengchong, Yunnan Province of Southwest China, marking the second property under The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Greater China. The resort, built using six types of natural stone used throughout the property’s paths, walls and roof of the buildings, received its namesake as it blends seamlessly into the nearby mountains, almost appearing lost in nature.

Nestled at the foot of Yunfeng Mountain, which means Cloud Peak, The Lost Stone is just over 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the border of Myanmar. Fifty free-standing garden villas are discreetly laid out across the ‘Ever Young’ valley, interspersed with luxurious flowering gardens and views of the Cloudy Peak Mountain. The area is known for its volcanic hot springs and is revered as a sacred pilgrimage place by Taoists across southeast Asia.

World-famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the all-villa resort as an ideal harmony of nature and contemporary architecture. The resort blends seamlessly into the folds of the mountain thanks to various types of natural local stone throughout the property, including white marble and lava stone. Renowned hotel interiors specialist LTW Studio from Singapore designed the interiors to reflect the rich cultures of the ethnic minorities that inhabit the region, including the Lisu, Nakhi, Jingpo, Miao, Wa and Bai tribes. Their vibrant costumes, jewelry and craft techniques – from rattan hats and baskets, to rustic hand-woven linens and the delicate cotton of their lanterns – inspire the interiors of the villas and public spaces. The result is a celebration of color and texture that evokes rich stories and an exotic ambience.


Starting at 1,572 square feet (146 square meters), the villas feature a separate bedroom, marble bathroom, living and dining spaces, a kitchen, plus an in-villa spa treatment room. Each villa also has a private outdoor courtyard and lounging garden planted with colorful 100-year-old rhododendron flowers, plus a hot spring pool carved from a single block of granite where guests can enjoy the mountain’s high-grade spring water. Honoring Yunfeng Mountain’s Taoist culture, the all-villa resort has created Tao Spa, providing therapeutic hot spring and spa experiences designed to enhance the harmony between nature and human beings.

Dining and Drinking

Exquisite dining and socializing experiences highlighting organic local ingredients are served up at Cloud Clubhouse. This all-day restaurant overlooking the forested mountains is a contemporary setting offering a choice of Western or local breakfasts, including fresh flower rice noodles in a stone pot. Nourishing hotpots and other local favorites prepared with seasonal and wild ingredients are served during lunch and dinner. Guests can relax with refreshments, including on-site brewed pu’er tea made from the ancient tea plants and locally-roasted Baoshan Arabica coffee. Within the Cloud Clubhouse, Cloud Bar is an exclusive destination to unwind with premium wines, cocktails, beers and spirits.

The Lost Stone also manages two unique restaurants that are a short drive from the resort where guests can savor mountain cuisine. Inspired by the Lisu minority, Lisu Ethnic Restaurant is located in an ancient carved wooden home and serves tribal specialties including roast pork, banana-leaf grilled meats, pork ribs in bamboo alongside an open-air bonfire. Nearby, The Veggie Restaurant serves thoughtfully crafted vegetarian cuisine featuring rare and healthy ingredients such as wild mushrooms and edible herbs from the surrounding mountains.

Meetings & Events

Serving as the perfect backdrop for destination weddings, events and meetings. the resort offers two beautiful multi-function banquet halls of 3,767 square feet (350 square meters) and 2,690 square feet (250 square meters), hosting up to 200 people. Each event space is filled with natural light and mountain views, while also providing premium conference facilities ideal for trainings, seminars, or high-end banquets. A professional banquet team and event planners are on hand to curate each personalized occasion. Meanwhile, cultural and nature experiences, such as releasing floating lamps on the river, mountain hiking and stargazing, offer creative opportunities for team-building and memorable guest adventures in this nature-filled destination.

For more information, please visit theloststonevillas.com

Natural Hot Springs Resort in Vietnam Launches Wellness Voyages

Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion rolls out three new health-focused packages

Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion is putting some air in the sails of its health-intrigued guests with new 3-, 5-, and 7-day wellness voyages that chart a course to a more balanced life.

The multi-day voyages include accommodation, all nutritionally balanced meals and detox drinks, along with daily wellness activities from hiking and bike rides to calm-inducing water meditation, spa sessions, and extended soaks in the country’s only Japanese-style onsen.

The 5- and 7-day packages also include a healthy cooking class designed to give guests tips on how to bring what they’ve learned home. Local sightseeing trips with a city tour of the former imperial capital at Hue, a local craft village visit, and a trip to Chùa Công Thành pagoda are also part of the flexible schedule.

The new packages were inspired by the natural hot springs on the grounds of the hotel, said Hylton Lipkin, general manager at Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion.

The ‘Wellness Voyages’ start from USD519 for two nights in a Deluxe Room for one and go up to USD 2,709 for a 6-night stay in a Bungalow for two. Please find more details on pricing below.

3-day/2-night Deluxe Voyage starting at USD 519 / USD 659 single / couple

3-day/2-night Bungalow Voyage starting at USD 718 / USD 858  single / couple

5-day/4-night Deluxe Voyage starting at USD 1,152 / USD 1,467  single / couple

5-day/4-night Bungalow Voyage starting at USD 1,550 / USD 1,866  single / couple

7-day/6-night Deluxe Voyage starting at USD 1,664 / USD 2,122  single / couple

7-day/6-night Bungalow Voyage starting at USD 2,262 / USD 2,709  single / couple

For more information please visit: https://albawellnessvalley.com/

The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts


Boutique brand showcases spa savvy with unlimited massage offers, all-natural wellness masterclasses and – coming soon – an exclusive Roman collaboration with REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts

Boutique hospitality group The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts is raising its wellness game to new heights, prioritising wellbeing through a series of initiatives that provide an irresistible introduction to the panoply of pampering that awaits future guests. From unlimited free massage in the tranquil tropical sanctuary of its Phuket spa or exclusive all-natural wellness masterclasses in Bali, to an innovative partnership with REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts at its upcoming third Rome hotel, The Pavilions is dedicated to delivering some of the world’s most immersive wellness experiences to restore body, mind and soul.

Spa aficionados booking the luxurious 310sqm Ocean View Pool Villas at intimate hilltop haven and brand flagship The Pavilions Phuket are already being beguiled by unlimited complimentary massages. Banishing any lingering thoughts of the to-do list through the power of healing touch and locally sourced essential oils, The Pavilions Phuket promises to nurture, revitalise and refresh guests, helping them slip swiftly into ‘Out-of-Office’ mode. Signature spa pleasures include a two-hour Thai Silk experience, combining a refreshing mandarin orange scrub with invigorating traditional Thai massage to release energy blockages and boost flexibility; and the three-hour couples’ Love Journey, comprising a sea salt scrub and full body massage followed by a romantic floral milk bath for two and a platter of tropical treats, creating a blissful moment to renew the lovers’ bond. The Spa & Pool Pavilions at The Pavilions Phuket also come with a complimentary one-hour massage treatment for two each day, meaning guests can recharge and enjoy an energizing spa getaway in their choice of private pool villas – or the serene surroundings of the spa.

The Pavilions Bali’s organic spa is inspiring guests to learn how to self-administer one of its signature all-natural beauty treatments with an exclusive new Aloe Vera facial masterclass. Experienced therapists guide participants through a lesson on organic wellness, explaining how to choose the freshest natural ingredients, prepare their own ‘skin superfood’, and treat themselves to indulgent at-home spa time. The 90-minute masterclass includes organic ingredients from the resort’s spa kitchen; a guide to the five steps of facial rejuvenation; DIY facial massage and reflexology techniques; and a recipe booklet to take home.

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts’ wellness offering will make a further evolutionary leap in the coming months, courtesy of an exclusive collaboration with REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts at the forthcoming First Roma Ego – a new boutique luxury hotel that will complete The Pavilions’ pioneering tripartite urban resort concept in Rome when it opens in 2020.

From endorphin-pumping, adrenalin-fuelled adventures in the wild and life-affirming holistic rejuvenation to beautification in its sophisticated urban spas and wellness spaces, The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts is committed to helping guests to achieve their wellness goals by crafting highly personalised experiences that provide a vital connection to the heartbeat of each unique location. Guests might find themselves honing their flexibility and rhythm with the resident gymnasts of The Pavilions Mongolia; achieving profound relaxation through forest bathing in the foothills of the Annapurna at The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View; paddle-boarding from The Toren to discover the ancient canals and hidden waterways of Amsterdam while engaging their core; or mastering Balinese yoga amidst rice paddies and swaying palms at The Pavilions Bali.

Introducing The Pearl Villa by Katharine Pooley

A Timeless Neoclassical Gem in Doha, Qatar


Internationally renowned interior designer Katharine Pooley is delighted to announce the completion of The Pearl Villa in Doha, Qatar following a 5-year build period to create a unique neoclassical European design for the spectacular 10,000 square foot Villa on Pearl Island.


Set against the beautiful sapphire crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf and facing towards the Doha skyline, Katharine’s vision for the property was to create a contemporary luxurious design with different room ambiences flowing through each space whilst maintaining the collective narrative. Inspired by the surrounding ocean landscape, the design exudes a serene elegance, a feeling of timeless luxury as well as embracing the outstanding European craftsmanship used throughout the design.


Katharine selected fabrics and materials reflecting light and soft colour themes combining cream, ivory, grey and blue hues. The team layered splendid Blue de Savoie and Carrara marble, upholstery woven with silk, cashmere and leather tasseled throws to create an understated elegance of stylish contemporary design. Katharine and her team have thoughtfully selected custom-made fixtures and materials to complement the finest artworks which were individually commissioned for The Pearl Villa.


To enhance the Neo-classical façade, Katharine has created a clean contemporary design with a bespoke chandelier hanging suspended in the double height entry foyer.  Each individual twist of crystal on the chandelier was hand blown in the Czech Republic to Katharine’s specific design. Collectively the abstract form is reminiscent of the fluidity and lightness of water.  The magnificent 250-piece chandelier in the dining room was sculpted by hand from fine bone china and gold creating a delicate ethereal wave of wind-blown leaves which hangs above the 6-metre long bespoke dining table. The panels of silk Fromental wallpaper set within a dove grey lacquer framework are hand painted with a vertical linear wash of brushstrokes reminiscent of the ombre effect of falling rain. Delicate artwork and craftmanship are reflected in the master suite with hand stitched gold thread featured over grey brush strokes on the Headboard wall.  In the bedrooms, hand painted or Fromental plaster effect silk wallpaper features create an overriding serene and feminine feel.

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Katharine has skillfully combined a comfortable and leisurely lifestyle within all aspects of the property. The home cinema was designed using velvet upholstery with rich burgundy accent cushions and plush thick pile silk carpeting for a cozy, opulent space. In the basement games room, a sculptural billiards table made by an English craftsman to Katharine’s design is featured and the room is offset by the colours of gunmetal grey, navy, platinum and ivory contrasting the gold and burgundy accents for a rich and decadent feel. The back of the property features extensive balcony spaces adjoining the master bedroom suites.  The ground floor landscaped terraces open up from the main entertaining spaces across a turquoise infinity pool and beyond to the pristine white sand of the villa’s own private beach. The villa has pride of place on Pearl Island and looks across the expanse of water belonging to the Emir.


Katharine has also incorporated products from her own Katharine Pooley Boutique collection and accessories into the design of The Pearl Villa. The ivory shagreen desk set in a masculine- suite is from Katharine’s collection while the bronze coffee tables in the relaxed seating area are decorated with individual accessories from the boutique adding to the overall elegant and contemporary design of the property.


Katharine has created a contemporary luxurious design at The Pearl Villa with an eye on the smallest detail to link the many different rooms and spaces throughout the property ensuring a natural sense of flow.  Katharine also skillfully brought in natural light from the large windows, allowing sunshine to flood into the space.  The choice of textures and colour tones used throughout offer a perfect balance and lightness to create a contemporary design of timeless grace and elegance at The Pearl Villa.

Belmond El Encanto

Celebrating 101 years on Highway 101, Belmond El Encanto, the original Hollywood hideaway, marks the occasion by paying homage to silver screen glamour with a series of special events that capture the romance and nostalgia of the golden age of cinema.  Experiences include driving a vintage car along highway 101, movie nights under the stars showcasing the best of California on film, limited edition picnic hampers for day tripping along the pacific coast and celebration cocktails.


Arriving in true Hollywood style, guests can take a vintage car along the iconic Highway 101 to the American Riviera and escape to one of Santa Barbara’s most romantic retreats set in the tranquil hills. The ultimate road tripper’s dream becomes a reality as they get behind the wheel of a Porsche Speedster or 1965 Ford Mustang.



The hotel’s picturesque swimming pool provides the perfect setting for movie nights under the stars where a series of film screenings run throughout the summer months, showcasing Californian favourites through the years, from The Graduate (1967) to LA Confidential (1997) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).


Bespoke picnic baskets are prepared by the hotel chef for guests to accompany them on adventures in the Golden State including sailing trips, relaxing days at the beach or a glamorous day at a Santa Barbara polo match. The luxurious, limited-edition hampers feature delicious, locally sourced treats such as homemade chocolate candies and gourmet popcorn.



Belmond El Encanto creates a special menu of celebratory cocktails inspired by the hotel’s glamorous legacy. Guests can enjoy the refreshing ‘101 Spritz’ or the warm and spicy ‘American Riviera’. A vintage cocktail cart will deliver these tasty tipples to poolside guests throughout the summer season and lawn games such as croquet and bocce are available to pass the time whilst enjoying the sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.



After a day exploring the enchanting Sunstone Winery and feeding the senses with some of the best organic wines in the region, expertly paired with artisanal charcuterie, guests can retreat to the hotel spa and indulge in a personalised treatment.

COMO Castello Del Nero

Marrying Authentic Historic Texture with a ‘COMO’ Aesthetic

COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, is an exceptional 740-acre, historic estate in the world-famous Chianti wine region of Italy. At the property’s heart stands a twelfth-century castle featuring 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer, Paola Navone.

Working with Navone, COMO Hotels and Resorts have softly adjusted the spa and culinary offerings to create a serene, contemporary retreat that makes you feel at home, with precise service, therapeutic wellness experiences, and exceptional, carefully sourced food. There is a generosity to every COMO experience, and this is no exception — in the way COMO Castello Del Nero opens up the wider destination, from hikes to carefully guided cultural excursions.

While the Castello’s historic terracotta flooring, fresco walls and vaulted ceilings remain untouched, Navone has introduced a lighter, more modern ‘COMO’ aesthetic, to complement and enhance the period bones of the castello without losing any of the deeply authentic historic texture.

The founder of COMO Group, Mrs Christina Ong, states: “I have a deep affection for the Italian aesthetic. I admire how they can layer up history with modernity and come up with the most exquisite result. Italians may be the masters of Baroque, but they also understand the way simplicity resonates in its own unique and powerful way, from design to food.”

The Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant is located in the original stables of the castle in the winter, transferring to the garden terrace in summer. All menus are overseen by Executive Chef, Giovanni Luca Di Pirro. Consistent to the COMO philosophy of only using the finest produce, La Torre is no exception. Menus showcase gourmet Italian cuisine, using the finest Tuscan produce, much from the estate’s kitchen-garden. The estate has its own vineyard, bee hives and olive groves. COMO’s approach to the provenance of ingredients remains critical to the brand’s founding philosophy. Here in Italy, it is literally ‘farm to table’, with the garden carefully overseen by Di Pirro.

COMO Castello Del Nero also features two informal restaurants: La Taverna  and during the summer months, the Pavilion, where families will feel as relaxed and welcome as they are in all COMO properties worldwide. The Pavilion offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and COMO signature dishes, while traditional Italian dishes, including many Tuscan favourites, feature on the menu at La Taverna. The wine cellar’s architecture might date back to the twelfth century, but the hotel’s COMO mixologists are ready to give every drink a modern twist, from Martinis to Prosecco cocktails.

In addition, there are tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool as well as a COMO Shambhala Retreat. This is where guests will feel healed and inspired by the deep expertise for which COMO Shambhala is known, including complimentary morning yoga, and significant, therapeutic massages. In Tuscany, COMO Shambhala will complement Italy’s long spa heritage with a comprehensive treatment offering — appealing to men, women and guests on extended wellness-focused stays.

For more information please visit comohotels.com/castellodelnero