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Lush vineyards, world-class wineries, luxury                                and wispy canopies in the guest rooms create a cool and
                                                                            calming ambience that’ll put you right at ease. Luxurious down
accommodations, excellent food and fun-filled                               pillows and under floor heating are thoughtful extras designed

activities, all these and more as you explore the                           for a comfy stay. Feast on Italian food at the restaurant where
                                                                            you might be seated on a Bauhaus chair from the 1920s, and
world’s best wine producing regions.                                        enjoy the private tastings of fine wine. Learn to make traditional
                                                                            Tuscan food in a cookery class conducted at the resort.
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                                                                            S T Y L E T I P S You’ll never go wrong with a white-on-white look.
                                                                            A mix of light wood details and exposed brick walls will provide
Co N T I D I S a N B o N I FaC I o W I N E r E S o r T,                     the right amount of relief.
T U S C A N Y, I TA LY                                                      o U T a N D a B o U T Apart from the wine tour and wine tasting,
B E S T F o r . . . a holistic experience in the heart of the wine making   one other thing you must do is visit the Castiglione Della
region of Tuscany. Famous for Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di          Pescaia beach, which is about half-an-hour away from the
Montalcino and Chianti wines.                                               resort. Bicycles are available for hire from the hotel – set off on
W H Y ? It’s a rustic retreat with astonishing panoramic views – soft       a tour of the hilly countryside (or do it on horseback). Ask the
rolling hills on one side give way to vineyards on the other. The           hotel for a guided tour of nearby cities such as Florence, Pisa
resort is a working farm and winery, apt for those who want to              and Siena. The hotel can organise boat trips, sailing lessons and
experience the winemaker’s life.                                            diving sessions for you. Stroll down to the local restaurants for
W H E r E ? The nearest airport is in Pisa, 100km from the resort.          regional food and other delicacies.
Grosseto is the nearest train station, about 25km away. Trenitalia          m o r E I N F o 5 rooms (contidisanbonifacio.it). Room rates for
trains will connect you to the rest of the country. Transfers from the      deluxe rooms and suite start from Rs 12,440 and Rs 23,947
airport or station can be arranged by the resort at an extra cost.          (including breakfast and taxes) respectively. For prices and
S TaY I N G I N The interiors have been done up in all-white scheme,        bookings visit (airticketsindia.com), (travelocity.co.in) or
complemented by light wood vaulted ceilings. Flowy window drapes            (yatra.com).
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FR ANCE                                                                          B E S T F o r … seasonal regional food and a great wine
B E S T F o r . . . the fantastic wine tours of Bordeaux, the wine capital of    experience in Barossa. Best known for its red wine, in
the world. Famous for red wines and white wines; also popular for dry            particular Shiraz.
white wines and sweet white wines.                                               W H Y ? Romantic hideaway on a gentle hill surrounded by
W H Y ? This 18th century château on the banks of the Garonne river is           hundreds of acres of vines overlooking the famous Barossa
surrounded by landscaped grounds. If you’re looking for peace and                Valley. It is a Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
tranquility, heed the call of this place.                                        W H E r E ? Fly down to Adelaide and drive down 75km to the
W H E r E ? Superbly located, just 10 minutes from the centre of                 hotel. Transfers to and from the hotel can be arranged at an
Bordeaux and only 20 minutes from the Bordeaux Airport.                          extra cost.
S TaY I N G I N Each room comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, so you            S TaY I N G I N The hotel has a gated courtyard and airy suites
can rustle up your own snacks and have it on your private terrace.               with private terraces and spacious baths that feature spa tubs,
Relax in your private jacuzzi or head to the sparkling swimming pool             dual rain showers and heated towel rails. The hotel’s multiple
for a refreshing swim. The spacious lawns are perfect for a game of              award-winning restaurant, Appellation is the highlight of this
badminton or soccer or to just sit and admire the gardens.                       place. Choose between à la carte dishes and a tasting menu,
S T Y L E T I P S Roughly finished stone walls alongside a textured wall         with courses paired with fine Barossa wines.
painted a bold red is an unexpected combo that works if you want a               S T Y L E T I P S Go for muted colour schemes for a warm and
rustic meets modern look.                                                        relaxed look. If you have the space for it, a private outdoor
o U T a N D a B o U T Don’t forget to include the wine regions of Médoc,         shower is an indulgent investment.
Sauternes and St. Emilion in your wine tour itinerary. Go out and                o U T a N D a B o U T The hotel can set you up on personalised
enjoy fresh seafood and huitres in the local markets. A beautiful                wine tours of the region. Nearby wine-tasting hubs include
bicycle and walking trail starts in front of the château. In the area            Tanunda (15 mins) and Angaston (20 mins). The hotel can also
around, you can practise horseback riding and golf. There are three              book you for ‘Breakfast with the Kangaroos’ at the Kaiser
golf courses within a 20-minute drive from the château. The beautiful            Stuhl Conservation Park. Do participate in the Barossa Vintage
Atlantic beaches of Arcachon, Cap Ferret and Lacanau are about 30                Festival. This week-long event (from 23 April-1 May 2010) is a
miles away. Kids will love the zoo and the Kidsparc and Aqua City                frenzy of maypole dancing, street parades, music and plenty of
theme parks.                                                                     wine. The hotel is just a few minutes from many cellars which
m o r E I N F o 5 rooms (clbx.com). Rooms are available only in                  offer picnic or platter style informal lunches. Other fun
combination with the wine tours. Rs 1,21,254 for a 3-days 2-nights               activities include hot air ballooning, scenic helicopter rides,
package for two. This includes a deluxe room with a private terrace,             heritage sites, golf and hiking.
gourmet breakfast, two full-day wine tours (Saint Emilion Grand Cru              m o r E I N F o 15 suites (thelouise.com.au). Room rates start
and Médoc Grand Cru), a three-course lunch in an elegant local                   from Rs 16,555 for a Vineyard suite and Rs 29,134 for a
restaurant per tour day. For prices and bookings visit (airticketsindia.         Greenock suite. Consult your travel agent for the best deals
com), (travelocity.co.in) or (yatra.com).                                        depending on the season.

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