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Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resorts (Europe's No. 1 Resort as ranked by Travel + Leisure) which recently hosted Unique Homes for three beautiful nights to experience its magic firsthand. What we discovered was a perfectly placed paradise offering the finest level of service imaginable.
The setting is storybook. Through a cypress-lined drive up to a hilltop in Siena, a Middle Age castle from the 10 century serves as the core of the hotel and resort, "we are very, very lucky, because we are in the heart of Tuscany, " says Gabriele Olla, senior sales manager. Some of the world's best wineries are very close as are Michelin-starred restaurants – Florence is an easy 45-minute drive. But visitors and residents hardly have to leave the 4,200-acre estate.
As we pulled of the main road we looked up to the hillside and there she was, quintessential Tuscany and luxury at it’s finest. Castell di Caseole – A Timbers Resorts was in our sights and it was a grandiose as the pictures portrayed it to be. As we pulled into the driveway it all set in, our Tuscan adventure was bestowed upon us. This ravishing hilltop castle took our breath away once on the grounds, the cypress tree lined paths led us to the front door of our humble abode for the next few days.
The Sebastian-Vail, located in the heart of Vail Village, takes a step forward with a new, excitable staff and a fresh approach to their food and beverage program. RMFR travels up to the magical and notably affluent area to taste the reconstructed menus inside Frost Bar and their fine dining and tapas restaurant, Leonora.
As we enter the artfully decorated Frost Bar we receive flutes of champagne and notice a long table that stretches across the foyer full of dried fruits, a variety of cured meats and honey-whiskey ham from Colorado Meat Company. A raclette cheese station captures everyone’s attention and ramicans full of new potatoes, gherkins and house-marinated pearl onions lie beneath it to stay warm. We watch intently as a slow-spilling avalanche of cheese cascades onto the pickled and root vegetables.
Set in the rolling hills of Tuscany, the heated infinity pool at Castello di Casole (a 10th-century castle turned five-star boutique hotel) boasts unobstructed views of vineyards and olive groves. Magic hour feels just that much more, well, magical while gazing upon the idyllic countryside with a glass of private label wine.
Most hotel and resort proposal packages expect the trip to have a fairytale ending. But at Castello di Casole — A Timbers Resort, in Italy, there’s a back-up plan. If your significant other isn’t wooed by the extravagant stay at this restored castle (or the bottles of estate wine, personally-designed engagement, romantic candlelit dinners, and rose petal baths) — the rejected guest can enjoy a half-hour drive in a Ferrari.
Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences had much to celebrate this Thanksgiving by hosting a “topping-off” event on November 22 to acknowledge the development reaching construction top-off and to treat the fantastic construction crew with a holiday cookout. Timbers Resorts Director of Development, Chris Burden was on site to congratulate and commemorate the team on achieving this highly anticipated construction milestone.
With floorplans ranging from 3-4 bedrooms, Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences offers two shared ownership categories across its 21 residences that embrace light, airy, and natural design elements to complement the island’s relaxed atmosphere. Owners will have access to a dedicated set of amenities, including a central lounge area, a concierge services team, valet, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, temperature-controlled owner’s wine wall and more.
Hokuala is a 450-acre, 10-year development that, at completion, will include a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, whole and fractional residences, a boutique hotel, a tennis garden, retail shopping, restaurants, and a handful of single family estates. With 38 acres of navigable lagoons and waterways throughout and endless miles of community trails for running, biking and exploring, Hokuala will be the base camp for adventure on Kaua’i. Water taxis will take owners to the new Hokuala Golf Clubhouse to check in for their tee time or tennis lesson at the new tennis gardens. The Shops at Hokuala will boast an oceanfront restaurant with a wraparound lanai with breathtaking views of the Pacific and the verdant-etched mountains.
Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club and Residences is the first private residence club (only 21 residences in three oceanfront buildings) on Kiawah Island – a 30 minute drive from Charleston, South Carolina. Stroll down wide, sandy beaches (including the resort’s private beach), explore 123 acres of parks, cycle 30 miles of bike trails and take to the Kiawah River for boating, kayaking, and fishing. Kiawah Island Golf Resorts’s Ocean Course will host the 2021 PGA Championship. From $500,000.
If a stay in a luxury approximation of a tiny historic hamlet is your goal, book a few nights at Castello di Casole. The hotel is tucked into the countryside 40-minutes south of San Gimignano. Accessed by a meandering road lined in stately cypress trees, this 5-star property dazzles first-time visitors when they crest its hilltop setting.
This 4,200-acre castle turned boutique hotel, has been lavished with numerous travel industry accolades. The estate’s namesake building harkens back to the 10th century when it was erected and christened the Querceto Manor. During the 1800’s, the noble Bargagli family of Siena assembled properties surrounding the Manor, and the estate grew to include nearby farms rich in wheat, corn, olives, grapes, and livestock. The castle fell into disrepair before undergoing a major renovation in the 18th century, resulting in the structure that is now Hotel Castello di Casole.