Press & Accolades

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    Today The Hotel Detective is going to answer a big, big question: What is the difference between Americans and Europeans when it comes to room decor at luxury country hotels in Tuscany? He’s going to use Casali di Casole, a 41-room, five-star resort that opened in 2011 in the Tuscan countryside south of Siena, as his sample universe. Resort is actually an understatement: The Casali, once a grand estate, has been resurrected from an aristocratic ruin: It’s now a small village of luxury hospitality (below), a main house surrounded by various out-buildings, formerly agricultural. Properties like the Casali, which offers dining choices from casual to fine, a spa (second below, the couples treatment room), a Techno gym in a vaulted space beside the chapel, and a gorgeous infinity pool, are still a rarity in Tuscany. Casali del Nero, about an hour north, is its only competitor. (See my last post for a report on that hotel.)
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  • New York Mag Cover

    If you want a drool-worthy pool overlooking endless olive trees and sunflower fields: Casali di Casole.
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    Come fall, the forests near this 10th-century castle-turned-luxury resort teem with hidden treasure: black, white and muscat truffles.
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  • Brides Magazine September/October 2014 Cover

    Brides Magazine

    Romping around the green and golden Tuscan countryside, being wined and dined within an inch of your life - this is the ultimate mini-moon.
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  • Brides Magazine October 2014 Cover

    Brides Magazine

    Casali di Casole is named by Brides Magazine as a top Wine Country wedding destination.
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  • American Spa October 2014 Cover

    American Spa

    Essere Spa brings in the essence of local history to help guests become one with Italian culture.
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  • Nob Hill Gazette October 2014 Cover

    Nob Hill Gazette

    Imagine waking up to the fresh aromas that fill Casali di Casole, a 4,200-acre paradise near Siena, in Tuscany."
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  • How to Spend it Magazine Cover

    How to Spent it

    Several Chianti Cashmere shawls (from €150, first picture) caught my eye in the shop of the magnificently restored Casali di Casole, once the home of film director Luchino Visconti and now a luxurious hotel (from about €364), set amid the rolling, cypress-studded Tuscan hills. The shawls were all “superfine” in texture, which meant they really doubled up as scarves, and I loved in particular the delicate lavender-blue and soft grey designs. But my favourite was the Camello, with its beige and brown bands on cream that made it a versatile addition to my autumn wardrobe.
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  • Hudson MOD Magazine Cover November 2014

    Hudson MOD

    "There's a wellness factor in simply being here, and the detoxing effects from from soaking up the wide spaces and inhaling the freshest air. Casali di Casole also happens to be home to what is possibly Italy's most atmospheric spa."
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    The Telegraph

    People choose Casali di Casole as it offers an authentic Tuscan experience in a rural and historic setting, with all the modern comforts you would expect of a second home," says Gary Moore of Timbers Resorts, which manages the estate.
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