If you’re looking for heaven on Earth, you’ll find it in the heart of Tuscany, surrounded by endless, golden rolling hills dotted with cypresses. Imagine a paradise where you can dedicate yourself 100% to wellness as you spend your days indulging in thermal-spring fed waters, a Finnish-style forest sauna, and a spa menu listing over 120 treatments, from carefully customized facials to Ayurvedic massages. For days you sip the best wines of nearby Montepulciano and Montalcino, paired with Tuscan cuisine that highlights local, seasonal ingredients. At nighttime, in this tranquil corner of the world, the stars stretch out before your eyes in the nighttime sky. At ADLER Thermae Resort & Spa, the groundbreaking five-star spa hotel in San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy, heaven is at your feet. It’s impossible to not follow along with the resort’s motto, ‘Let your spirit soar’, at this peaceful paradise.
ADLER Thermae Resort & Spa is located in the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany, central Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. The valley’s picturesque villages and stunning natural landscapes inspired the Italian painters of the Renaissance. Long cherished for its magical thermal waters, the nearby town of Bagno Vignoni is a just charming ten-minute walk from the spa resort via a paved trail; you’ll know you’ve arrived when you come across the large 16th-century pool filled with bubbling thermal waters, once frequented by the ancient Etruscans and Romans, that stands in place of the standard central piazza. The pool is fed by naturally rich mineral waters, prized for their healing powers, that lie 1,000 meters deep in a subterranean aquifer of volcanic origin. These same mineral-rich waters flow into the pools of the Adler Thermae, where they remain at a constant, soothing 98 degrees.
Fresh and simple, seasonal ingredients with a focus on legumes, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits, are the cornerstones of Tuscan cuisine. Each tiny Tuscan village boasts its culinary specialty: Pienza, cacio pecorino; Lunigiana, honey; Castiglione d’Orcia, extra-virgin olive oil; Cinta Senese, salumeria. Under the direction of chef Gaetano Vaccaro, Adler Thermae’s menu features Tuscan specialties every day, including the classic T-bone steak bistecca alla Fiorentina, a variety of hand-rolled pasta dishes, and typical Tuscan bread. The resort’s very own winery, “Tenuta Sanoner”, produces the first-class wines and fine olive oil – all 100% organic, that will grace your table. The dining experience here excels in ambiance: dine under the moonlight in the romantic open-air restaurant; enjoy a light lunch in the casual, poolside Osteria; or sip local wines in the candlelit Travertine wine cellar.
Adler Thermae is a tranquil, smaller scale resort with 90 luxury rooms and suites decorated with rich wood furnishings and warm tones: Superior rooms accommodate two; Junior Suites, three to four. The rooms are spacious and include a sitting area with a tea table, sofa, writing desk, and armchair. A marble bathroom features a separate, glass-enclosed shower, toilet and bidet. “Bio air-conditioning” means you can always control your room temperature and humidity levels. Each room features a private terrace or balcony that frames the Orcia Valley. Hypoallergenic and handicapped-accessible rooms are also available.
Over 40 highly-trained, experienced doctors, therapists, and beauticians remain dedicated to your care during your stay. The healing begins with 98° thermal waters direct from the depths of the earth, with over 1,000 m² area of water indoors and outdoors for soaking and relaxing. The thermal waters are rich in minerals, Sulphur compounds, and volcanic substances, which have a proven healing and cleansing effect. The “Grotta Salina’ kicks the healing energy up a notch with its 98° thermal water enriched with Dead Sea salt. Several steam rooms and saunas, including a Finnish-style forest sauna and an herbal caldarium that stimulates circulation, relaxes the muscles and opens the pores with the sweet scent of Tuscan herbs, guarantee you’ll feel 100% detoxed and relaxed.
Beyond relaxation and beauty treatments, an in-resort medical spa, Adler Med, combines western medicine and alternative healing methods via its team of doctors from disciplines including general medicine, laboratory medicine, non-invasive aesthetic medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine, and nutrition. The doctors here, all English-speaking graduates of Italian universities, specialize in everything from functional orthopedic traumatology to neural therapy, posture therapy to pain-relieving laser therapies. An on-site laboratory allows doctors and technicians to perform tests in the morning and discuss the results with patients that same afternoon, so you can then choose from a range of efficient one-day and multi-day medical packages.
Don your hiking shoes and get ready to explore Tuscany via the many trails that extend from the resort, over gentle hills, past the divine vineyards of Montalcino and Montepulciano, and into the history-filled villages of the Val D’Orcia. Venture out on your own by foot, or by bicycle – the resort has a fleet of mountain and electric bikes – or opt for a guided excursion. Your spirit is sure to soar as you immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, under the Tuscan sun.