A New Spa in Tuscany

Bernard Touillon

Designer Ilaria Miani's perfect transformation.

Hidden in the hills of Val d’Orcia, a medieval Italian village outside Florence, the serene Hotel Monteverdi unveiled in June an intimate two-treatment-room spa housed in a 15th-century granary. With bleached tree branches rescued from the property and one-of-a-kind tubs hand-carved from Travertine marble, the spa’s streamlined aesthetic maintains a modern feel, while bringing the ancient Tuscan countryside indoors. “I like to say that these walls talk,” says Italian designer Ilaria Miani, who has renovated more than 20 homes in the region and rarely takes on commercial projects like this one. “Once you discover the history of these ruins, it’s very exciting to interpret its contemporary existence.”

The spa also features Florentine skincare and fragrance brand Santa Maria Novella, which makes its all-natural formulas by hand using local ingredients. After a massage with cocoa and sweet almond oil, guests can soak in a pomegranate mineral bath while looking at the hillside. “You can’t capture this view in photos. You can only have it once you’re here,” says Miani. Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro; 39/05-7826-8146; monteverdituscany.com.