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experience. Her knowledge & understanding of destination wedding planning speaks for itself with the countless numbers of ecstatic brides & grooms that she has worked with over the years. Marie is quickly becoming the “go to” personality
of destination events & over-the-top honeymoons. Marie makes it a point to educate her readers on destination wedding ideas; great locations & the top-notch advice that couples are looking for.
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This week- Relais La Suvera!
Some time ago during a trip to Italy
, we stayed in Sienna at a property called La Suvera
. Interestingly, this hotel goes back to the High Middle Ages as the Castle of the County of Siena ruled by the legendary Countess Ava Matilde dé Franzesi, a relation of the King of France Clovis, also known as the Queen of Montemaggio. It is therefore likely that the ancient name La Suvera derives from the French "Souveraine", meaning Sovereign. From the moment you turn up the drive into La Suvera, you are sure to find yourself imagining what it would feel like to live in this amazing castle so many decades ago.
Now years later, this once Castle is now both a hotel & museum; offering guests the chance to feel at home "as if" they were in their very own castle. The buildings, pristine in condition leave you anxious to tour each amazing room. Once you complete the indoor tour, you will want to walk the grounds and gardens that are remarkable. To describe the beautiful grounds would be much too difficult to capture in words.
We checked into the hotel, registration was in a simple & small area of the property. Nothing fancy, but very comfortable and welcoming. Shortly after we checked in, we went directly to our room to freshen up. Our room, which was very unique, was a two-room suite with a master bedroom with an attached room that entailed a sitting area with a couch and table. On the table, you were welcomed with a plate of sugary tasty treats. The master bedroom boasted a large 4-poster bed with very tall ceilings and a view overlooking the back gardens. The bathroom was rather large and had a huge inviting & romantic bathtub.
I was too anxious to stay in our room so I decided to walk the grounds. The property has an assortment of wild birds & animals
that somehow blend in. My favorites were the very serene and sweet group of cats that walk freely around the property. It was so picturesque. The pool, simple and quiet, was located off to the side of the bar, which offered guests the ability to have the quietness of the pool a few steps from the lively bar area offering everyone the best of both worlds.
We made an appointment at the state-of-the-art Tuscan spa, located in the medieval part of the villa. I went early to relax in the hydro-massage bath made from a medieval cistern of Italy. I could have had an array of massage treatments, including fire massage, sea salt massage-scrub, foot massage and many others. I opted for a deep tissue spa treatment. It was amazing. The Center is also completed by a steam bath, a fitness area with tapis roulants and cross trainers in addition to a relaxation area where you could enjoy an array of organic herbal teas, hot or cold. It was most tranquil and just what I needed after a long day of travel.
Following my massage I planned to go back to our room to take a nap, but again the combination of the gorgeous day and excitement of the property lured me to meet friends at the Bar Dei Limoni. I ordered a cocktail and it was a perfect way to celebrate a great day. I was so relaxed from my treatment that after my Bellini I was ready to float away, and when I thought nothing could feel better, we were served warm cookies and pastries that hit the spot.
After a few drinks at the bar it was time to get ready for dinner. We retreated to our room where I enjoyed a wonderful shower and prepared for dinner. The hotel, having that classy and elegant feel, made me happy to have packed something dressy! I can still remember the romantic feeling of getting ready to walk into the gardens where we were meeting our friends for pre-dinner cocktails. The gardens, which were adorned with tables and large glass canisters filled with candles looked like something out of a movie set, almost too romantic to believe. The set up was so dreamy and was complimented by wonderful service.
After about an hour in the gardens enjoying the music & sunset we walked over to dine in the elegant medieval Oliviera Restaurant. Each dish was prepared wonderfully and was exquisite Tuscan cuisine. Our meal, which was accompanied by many bottles of wine, was prepared with great attention to detail and with a memorable array of flavors. My favorite and a must have was the pears & pecorino cheese with honey~ it was to die for! Since the evening was so warm we dined on the restaurant terrace facing the Papal Villa, which was surrounded by olive trees and aromatic Mediterranean herbs and lit predominately by candlelight! Following dinner we took a walk though the candle lit gardens and sat watching the stars before heading back to our room for the night. I am not sure if it was the romantic trip we had just taken through Italy or simply the unrealistic atmosphere of La Suvera, but either way it was intoxicating night.
Breakfast the next morning was inside Oliviera and offered the cozy atmosphere of an 18th century olive oil mill, surrounded by ancient oil producing machines, linen hangings, table cloths, candles, Egyptian style wall paintings, baroque chandeliers and a fireplace. In addition to eggs made to order, the spread of Italian treats of cheeses, yogurts, and melon were perfect. Shortly after breakfast, we checked out. Driving back down the main drive I wished we had more time at La Suvera, but know that we will go back again!