COMPETITION CLOSED: Win five-star retreat in Tuscany worth over £3,000
This competition is now closed.
Enter our competition to win a two-night stay for two at five-star hotel L’Andana in Tuscany, worth over £3,000.
Set in its own 500-hectare wine estate in the heart of Maremma, this palatial property is the former summer residence of Grand Duke Leopold and his court. Wrapped in wild hills, extensive woodlands, olive groves and pastures, the estate itself is an ode to slow living and living well.
One lucky winner and a friend will enjoy two nights at the historic hotel, staying in one of its spacious junior suites. Decorated in warm Tuscan neutrals, the suite has panoramic views over the hills. Dinner is included on both nights at the hotel’s Restaurant La Villa, a relaxed affair of traditional local cuisine cooked by skilled chefs.
If you win, you can expect a menu that combines land and sea, with the likes of tuna tartare cherry tomatoes with yuzu and basil emulsion; pappardelle pasta with farm beef ragu and rosemary powder; or beef sirloin with truffle potatoes and glazed shallot, if you’re feeling fancy. All are served either in the cosy dining room, or alfresco on a charming veranda overlooking the swimming pool, cypress trees and maritime pines.
When you’re not eating, there’s plenty to keep you entertained and happy around the grounds. Spend your days reading by one of the pools, sipping a glass or two at the on-site winery, playing tennis or even a round of golf on the sprawling course that stretches from the Tuscan hills to the coast.
The hotel is also home to the award-winning ESPA Spa, with a hammam, black slate hot bath, indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre. It’s here that you and your guest will be pampered from head-to-toe with a full body signature treatment each.
There’s much to explore in the surrounding area – don’t miss the golden beaches and stunning cliffs of the Maremma coast, which has more Blue Flag beaches than anywhere else in Italy (there’s a daily shuttle service down to the local beach). Or perhaps try something more adventurous, in which case you can head out trekking or mountain-biking across the conservation area’s unspoilt landscape. Nature-lovers will relish the area’s lush biodiversity, including the rare birds, and herds of horses and longhorn cattle that graze the land.
However you spend your time at L’Andana, you’ll go home restored and relaxed – and craving to return.