Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort, San Quirico d'Orcia $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni, a tiny spa resort just off the main SS2 road (a.k.a. Cassia) south of Siena, have been famous since Etruscan times, even before the ancient Romans arrived. This resort hotel, however, sparked a resurgence in hot thermal treatments when its luxurious spa opened in 2004, offering massages, beauty treatments, and gallons of hot water from a natural spring. By the time the water reaches the huge outdoor thermal pool, it's a pleasant 36 degrees, and it stays that way all year round, making this a good option even out of season. Other places to get wet include an indoor thermal pool, a kids' thermal "fun pool," and a cooler sport pool for those who want to swim without breaking a sweat. Children are well catered for (there's a Kids Club for ages four and above), while adults will enjoy three steam rooms (one built in a stone grotto), an olive-wood sauna over a lake, and sumptuous relaxation areas with views across to the castle of Rocca d'Orcia. Even the gym has a thermal spring running through it. Further enticements include 90 spacious bedrooms, many with terraces, and a glass-roofed restaurant flooded with natural light.
Closed early January to early February.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The Adler is built on a travertine quarry overlooking the Val d'Orcia, a southern Tuscan valley so stunning that UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 2004. The new thermal-bath complex, including travertine grottoes complete with stalactites and stalagmites, is served by the same natural hot springs that the Etruscans enjoyed; more recently, Lorenzo the Magnificent and Saint Catherine of Siena relaxed in these waters. Each of the Adler's 90 spacious accommodations has a luminous wall of French doors opening onto a terrace overlooking the Val d'Orcia and luxurious bathrooms with large oval tubs and separate showers. The glass-roofed restaurant specializes in Tuscan fare and boasts an impressive wine list of prestigious Italian labels. Only a few minutes' walk from the medieval Bagno Vignoni, the Adler is also within easy reach of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, and the most delightful abbeys and gardens under the Tuscan sun.2005 Hot List
When to go: When to go: The hot baths are best enjoyed in cool weather.
Which room to book: Rooms in the 300s have the best views and get the most sunlight
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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