COMO Hotels and Resorts has launched a new COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Castello Del Nero – the first Asian-inspired wellbeing experience in Tuscany.
Bringing COMO’s commitment to lifelong wellness to Italy, the new COMO Shambhala Retreat combines targeted treatments, world-class experts and energy-giving COMO Shambhala Cuisine at the heart of a historic, 740-acre estate.
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Advocating proactive holistic wellness, the new wellbeing sanctuary – 1,000 square metres in size – features seven luxurious treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym, a relaxation area with views over the Tuscan countryside and sun-drenched yoga and Pilates studios. Guests can also look forward to invigorating thermal suites, a 25-metre heated outdoor swimming pool, two tennis courts and an outdoor fitness area, named the Forest Gym.
In the elegant, cocooning space, conceptualised by admired Milanese designer Paola Navone, guests will find Asian-inspired mind and body treatments – from soothing signature therapies such as the iconic COMO Shambhala Massage which uses COMO’s bespoke blended oils to relax the mind and rejuvenate the body to the COMO Shambhala Signature Ritual, a full-body therapy using soothing Tuscan lavender and olive oil made on the estate. Non-surgical, anti-ageing facial care treatments are also offered in collaboration with Guinot, developed by Jean-Daniel Mondin, the award-winning doctor of pharmaceuticals behind the brand.
Furthermore, invigorating sessions in yoga, Pilates and fitness from COMO Shambhala experts are offered for those looking to improve mobility and strength. Treatments are accompanied by COMO Shambhala Cuisine; nutritious and balanced dishes expertly curated to aid concentration, balance blood sugar levels and nourish the soul.
Newly launched Wellness Rituals combine insights from experts, relaxing treatments, healthful meals and access to exceptional facilities, each taking place across a day or half-day in the nurturing surrounds of the COMO Shambhala Retreat.
For a top-to-toe experience, the COMO Shambhala Immersed Ritual includes a revitalising 30-minute facial, 30-minute body treatment, manicure, yoga and access to the thermal suites.
When they’re not in the spa, guests can wander COMO Castello Del Nero’s fragrant gardens before tasting local wines, honey and home-grown olive oil on a new mirrored courtyard, designed by Paola Navone. Cycle through forests and olive groves, walk by towering vistas of vineyards and embark on Tuscan truffle hunting before learning to cook Italian specialities in cooking classes with Executive Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro. Guests can also try their hand at authentic experiences including gelato-making with an Italian master, hot air ballooning and winemaking, before retiring to their elegant suite – where the historical charm of the castle is blended with COMO’s signature pared-back luxury.
Room rates start from AU$884 per night on a bed and breakfast basis
Lead image: Relaxation area, COMO Shambhala Retreat, COMO Castello del Nero – credit:Martin Morrell