Relais Villa d’Amelia
Piedmont, Northern Italy
At a Glance
The location of the hotel makes it an ideal base from which to explore the foodie hub of Alba and the vineyards of the region
With its own Michelin starred restaurant, it is a dream spot for food lovers
The rooms are elegantly contemporary and refined, creating a soothing and restful escape, while retaining the history of the building
Its hilltop setting affords superb views over the rolling hills and vineyards, as well as benefiting from slightly cooler temperatures in summer
A small spa offers a spot of relaxation in the sauna, treatments and whirlpool, while a scenic pool is surrounded by loungers for further chill-out time
Outdoor enthusiasts can explore this beautiful countryside to their heart’s content, by bike, trekking or on horseback
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Surrounded by the rolling hills, woods and hazelnut groves of Piedmont’s Langhe region, Relais Villa d’Amelia sits atop a ridge with spectacular views while a Michelin starred restaurant, spa, gardens and picturesque pool create a countryside idyll.
Housed in the sympathetically renovated nineteenth-century Cascina Bonelli, Relais Villa d’Amelia is a beautiful countryside retreat at the heart of the gastronomic delights of Langhe. Undulating hillsides are cloaked in vineyards, the foodie hub of Alba lies just 15-minutes away and the region is home to the precious Alba White Truffle. In amongst this culinary treasure trove, Relais Villa d’Amelia offers a breathtaking base from which to explore the food, wine, culture and landscape of Langhe and beyond.
The 37 Rooms and Suites of the property offer an elegantly contemporary decor, with parquet flooring, Travertine marble bathrooms and a serene, pared-back colour palette of neutral tones. With a large, private sundeck the Attic Room is a light-filled, elegant escape, while the Suite San Luigi retains the character of the old Chapel in its terracotta tiled floors and whitewashed walls.
While it can be difficult to stand out in a region famed for its gastronomic prowess, the restaurants of Relais Villa d’Amelia are headed by the award-winning Chef Damiano Nigro and offer an exceptional standard of haute cuisine. In his eponymous one Michelin-star gourmet restaurant, Damiano Nigro crafts carefully sourced Italian ingredients into innovative dishes that keep the fresh flavours of the produce at their core. The more informal DaMà is managed by Damiano and maintains the same high standards and attention to detail with traditional dishes from Piedmont given a new life and contemporary twist. As you might expect from a property surrounded by vineyards, the wine list is replete with delicious Barolo, Nebbiolo and Barbaresco wines.
Its prime location in the Langhe countryside makes Relais Villa d’Amelia a bucolic base from which to explore the stunning countryside, and we would recommend hiring a car if you intend to sample some of the many activities of the region. While you could enjoy the views of the vineyards from the comfort of a poolside lounger, the Concierge team are on hand to book wine tastings at any of the hundreds of wine estates that dot the hills or you could get out on horseback, by bike or on foot to discover the scenic landscape up close.
With views that take in the courtyard or the valley and the Alps beyond, the rooms and suites of Relais Villa d’Amelia offer a restful escape that allows the beauty of the building and its surrounds to shine through. From the four-poster beds of the Suites and the wooden vaulted ceiling of the Suite San Luigi, the rooms ooze character and charm, a constant reminder of the history of the building and the natural splendour of the landscape.
Children are welcome at Relais Villa d’Amelia and a number of the rooms and suites can accommodate extra beds and cots.
Alongside the Michelin starred restaurant and its equally thoughtful sister restaurant, a bar and lounge offer a spot to relax with a glass of wine and nibbles, curled up in an armchair in an elegant setting. For further relaxation, the Wellness Area features a whirlpool, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and a small but thoughtfully curated selection of massage treatments. Just below the villa, a heated pool and sun-loungers offer a space to unwind after a morning of activity.
While Relais Villa d’Amelia is a destination in itself and offers everything you could need for a restorative holiday, it is also ideally located for enjoying the sights and flavours of the Langhe region and beyond. During the truffle-harvesting season you could join in the hunt for this delicacy, while the rest of the year brings ample opportunity to indulge in the gastronomic delights, from Barolo wines to traditional Langhe ravioli. As one of the regions with more Michelin starred restaurants than elsewhere in Italy, dining here is a joy and you’re spoilt for choice, though many of the staff are local and can make recommendations and bookings. The capital, Alba, offers 2,000 years of history to explore in its churches and medieval towers, while the hillsides are dotted with ancient villages and castles to be discovered.
Gourmet walking tour of Alba
Discover the picturesque town of Alba, nestled in the hills of the Langhe region, and the flavours of this gastronomic area. Your private guide will show you some of the town's highlights and introduce you to the local delicacies.
Truffle hunting in the Langhe
Piedmont is renowned for its truffles and in the Langhe countryside you'll have the opportunity to search for this local delicacy with a truffle hunter and their trusty dogs.
Vineyard hiking in Piedmont
Explore the scenic countryside of Piedmont on a privately guided hike through its beautiful vineyards. You'll walk through picturesque villages and admire the stunning views before sampling some local products and delectable wines.
Wine tasting in the Langhe
Discover the wines of the Langhe region with a full day tour of this scenic area and a visit to two of its fantastic vineyards. Learn about the traditional wine production process in the region and sample a variety of Piedmont's renowned wines.
Winery cooking class
Visit a family-owned winery to discover the art of cooking local Piedmont recipes. After a tour of the cellars you'll join the chef to learn the secrets behind traditional dishes, which you'll then enjoy as a delicious lunch.
Location & directions
Piedmont, Northern Italy
Situated in the Langhe region of Piedmont, Relais Villa d’Amelia is a short distance from Alba and a two-hour drive from the international airports of Milan and Turin.
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