Designer rooms with gigantic egg-shaped tubs and balconies
What To Know
There are only six guestrooms
The region is rugged and mountainous and doesn't see a lot of tourists; great for off-the-beaten-path adventurers, but there's no party scene
The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Parking on site
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Hillside monastery turned six-room retreat in Abruzzo with a Michelin-starred restaurant and extensive wine cellar
Italy's Abruzzo region is famed for its ethereal light, and the sunshine isn't wasted at Casadonna Reale, a 1,500-year-old hillside monastery turned boutique retreat, where glass doors and giant windows drench public spaces in golden light from dawn to dusk. Staying true to its humble roots, it maintains a super-minimalist white-on-white design, with interior spaces mostly devoid of furniture; a blank canvas vibe presides throughout.
Bed and Bath
There are just six guestrooms, all of which are austere, mostly white, and stripped of all but necessary furnishings, letting the light flood in through giant windows. Rooms feature unique touches such as giant egg-shaped tubs for soaking in the bedroom, and modern black and white bathrooms with sexy walk-in showers. Just because the room looks stark, however, doesn't mean the luxe factor is compromised. Beds are dressed in high-quality sheets and feather-soft duvets. Expansive patios or balconies are top spots for sipping wine and watching the sun sink over the horizon.
Casadonna Reale is essentially a restaurant with rooms. Niko Romito's two-Michelin-star restaurant, Il Reale, serves artful interpretations of regional specialties such as glazed veal with field vegetables and smoked pork tortilla. The decor is sparse here, too, which puts the focus firmly on the dramatic presentation of the dishes. A lovely garden surrounds the hotel — the perfect place to unwind in a lounge chair or indulge in a picnic. Conveniently, the on-site shop, Bottega di Niko, stocks excellent local products including honey, cheese and sausage.
Flights are available to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from FCO, about 112 miles away, are approximately $355 in a private car for up to four people, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from FCO are approximately $303, each way. Alternatively, transfers to/from Pecara Airport (PSR), about 112 miles away, are approximately $237 in a private car for up to four people, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from PSR are approximately $263, each way.