New hotels round-up: Seven new Italian favourites

New to Chic Retreats: Donna Coraly Resort, Sicily

Here at Chic Retreats, we simply can’t get enough of incredible Italy. Fantastic food, amazing architecture, stunning scenery world-class culture and friendly people – what’s not to love? We’ve been busy exploring every corner of Italy, from the side streets of Rome to the tranquil lakes and mountains, and have found a host of wonderful boutique hotels along the way. Here’s seven new boutique hotels in Italy we’re happy to welcome to Chic Retreats:

Il Borro

A medieval village located in the heart of Tuscany’s Val d’Arno, Il Borro is set among some truly outstanding natural beauty as well as the famous vineyards and olive groves of Chianti. Guests here will be spoilt for choice, with suites, villas and farmhouses available to stay in each boasting its original character and decorated in a classic Tuscan style. In the resort there’s a spa and wellbeing centre, gym, tennis courts and infinity pool, while there’s plenty of golf courses, truffle hunting experiences, wine tastings and cookery courses on offer nearby.

New to Chic Retreats: Il Borro, Tuscany

Grand Hotel Majestic

Overlooking one of the most scenic Italian lakes, Lake Maggiore, Grand Hotel Majestic is a stunning boutique hotel, promising fabulous views of the nearby islands as well as the Piedmont coastline. The striking gardens of Villa Taranto are just a short walk away, while guests can also soak up the sun at the hotel’s own private beach, relax at the wellness centre, work out at the gym or take a dip in the indoor heated pool. On-site restaurant La Beola also offers incredible views out across the lake, as well as a mouth-watering menu using only local ingredients and an excellent wine list to match.

New to Chic Retreats: Grand Hotel Majestic, Lake Maggiore

Buonanotte Garibaldi

Located in the trendy medieval Trastevere quarter of Rome, just a few minutes’ walk from the Vatican, Buonanotte Garibaldi is a stylish and artistic boutique B&B. Owner Luisa has decorated almost every wall of this hotel with her artwork, the result being a warm but unique interior which has proved to be a hit with reviewers and celebrities alike. Even more of her artwork can be admired in the studio, and there’s also a quiet sitting room and courtyard perfect for relaxing in with a glass of Prosecco. A hearty breakfast is served each morning in the dining room, and there’s a host of attractions, shops, restaurants and bars nearby.

New to Chic Retreats: Buonanotte Garibaldi, Rome

Relais Masseria Petrusella

In the heart of Puglia’s sun-kissed Salento Peninsula lies Relais Masseria Petrusella, a perfect example of a traditional masseria ideal for families and couples. Decorated in a simple yet stylish fashion, each room is also equipped with its own kitchen. Just a short drive away you’ll find the coast, lined with golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, while the Alimini Lakes are also great for enjoying a dip or a relaxing day out in a canoe. Porto Miggiano is also just a few miles away, and is home to a fascinating variety attractions including a Romanesque church, 16th century castle and the Zinzulusa Caves.

New to Chic Retreats: Relais Masseria Petrusella, Puglia

Locanda Rossa

Situated in the rolling hills of Tuscany is Locanda Rossa, a traditional farmhouse which has been transformed into a contemporary and chic boutique hotel, while still retaining its original charm. Complete with a spa offering invigorating treatments, a pool, a children’s play area and an on-site organic restaurant, this hotel is perfect for all ages. Nearby there’s a host of fascinating medieval villages and Etruscan sites to visit, while the beach and the crystal clear sea is just a short distance away, offering boat trips to the scenic islands a few miles out. The osteria serves breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner, with some of the products made on site available to take home with you.

New to Chic Retreats: Locanda Rossa, Tuscany

Urbino Resort

Consisting of a vast farm resort in the heart of Le Marche’s lush and verdant landscape, you’ll immediately be charmed by the pink-walled original farm buildings and the sprawling fields alive with flora and fauna. Within its idyllic setting, guests can sample organic local food and wine and relax at the swimming pool and spa, which offers a variety of therapies and beauty treatments. Just over five miles away is the World Heritage Site of Urbino, home to some beautiful Renaissance buildings as well as Palazzo Ducale, housing a collection of significant Italian artworks.

New to Chic Retreats: Urbino Resort, Le Marche

Donna Coraly Resort

Nestled within the gorgeous countryside near Siracusa on the stunning island of Sicily, the Donna Coraly Resort is a small, luxurious hotel recently restored in a traditional manner using local materials. Breakfast is a feast of homemade breads, pastries and jams, with lunch and dinner also available on request. The hotel is surrounded by stunning gardens, complete with a pool, making for the perfect place to sit back and relax with a glass of wine. There’s also a guests-only spa offering a treatment room, Jacuzzi and hammam. Nearby are a host of gorgeous baroque towns to visit, as well as the natural wonder of Mount Etna, which dominates the Sicilian skyline.

New to Chic Retreats: Donna Coraly Resort, Sicily

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.