Garden Resort & Spa San Crispino ****
The special thing about the Garden Resort & Spa San Crispino is that it is located in the open countryside, in a calm and relaxing place, but, at the same time, it is only a short distance from Assisi, which is one of the most important cities of art in Umbria, therefore guests really can enjoy this area to the full. The hotel boasts 14 rooms, including 3 suites, and the names of them are all inspired by an ancient medicinal tradition. In the large area outdoors, guests can enjoy the swimming pool area and hot tub and a splendid view of Assisi, whilst the restaurant serves up dishes from the local cuisine. What is more, the spa, called Villa Salus, offers all the most important well-being and fitness programmes and, just a short distance from the hotel, is a group of Charming Villas which is run by the San Crispino Resort & Spa and they can be reached with the free shuttle bus that goes from the Resort and the Spa. There are also numerous other opportunities for visitors here, ranging from the possibility to go on cooking, fresco, embroidery, painting and history of art courses to going on bike, walking or horse riding excursions with a tour guide, going to pick mushrooms, searching for truffles with dogs, visiting the most famous wineries or mills in the area, being guided around the cities of art or going on shopping trips with a driver. The Resort can also organise themed dinners and banquets, as well as nuptial ceremonies and services related to these occasions.
The spa attached to the Garden Resort & Spa San Crispino is called Villa Salus and it offers relaxation, health, prevention and anti-aging programmes, and there is also the possibility to have a complete clinical check-up here. It also boasts a Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi pool with hydromassage, aromatherapy Turkish bath, regenerating hydro-course, relaxation zone with chromotherapy and a fitness corner with treadmills and a two person hot tub, and some of the treatments available include the ‘five senses’ ritual and multi-sensory experiences that involve bathing, massages and treatments.
The 14 rooms at the Garden Resort & Spa San Crispino are all named after a flower or plant and the beneficial properties of these plants are used in medicine and cosmetics. The names of the rooms and the three suites are: Peonia Officinalis, Lavandula Angustifoli, Hipericum Perforatum, Salvia Officinalis, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Taraxacun, Malva Silvestris, Hyssopum Officinalis, Melissa Officinalis, Valeriana Officinalis, Calendula Officinalis, Menta Piperita, Rosa Thea and Nynpha. They are all decorated in a sophisticated country style with handmade Umbrian style furnishings, terracotta flooring and hand painted wooden furniture, canopy beds and precious materials.
The restaurant ‘Rubicondo’ at the Garden Resort & Spa San Crispino dates back to the beginning of the 1900s, when it was an old dairy farm used as a refreshment point for tourists who were visiting Assisi or were there for ceremonies of the inhabitants of the nearby villages. The cuisine served is the traditional one and, during making of the dishes, the essence of the original recipes is respected as much as possible. The guiding philosophy at the restaurant is to try to only use products from the area which arrive from the producer to the consumer via the so called 'short distribution chain', ensuring guests with the best quality, together with attention for the environment and a 'zero kilometre' menu. Some foods even come from the hotel’s organic allotment, such as rare black celery of Trevi, onions from nearby Cannara (which was already famous at the time of St Francis) and Scipiona pears, which are just some of the fruits that grow in the resort’s Pomi Antichi orchard.
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The whole of Umbria is worth visiting and discovering, town after town, hill after hill, since it is one of the richest regions in terms of art, culture, history and natural beauties. Since the resort is very close to Assisi, you will have the precious opportunity to visit this ancient city which is home to Neolithic remains and which was already a developed, urban place before the Romans arrived. The Rocca Maggiore can also be seen from the hotel, which was built in the Middle Ages and rebuilt in the 14th Century after it was destroyed.
Assisi is in the province of Perugia and the capital city of this province, Perugia itself, is possibly the most important cultural point of reference in this region: the city, which is also very old, offers tourists its famous walls, the Fontana Maggiore from the 13th Century, Etruscan archaeological sites and the Palazzo dei Priori. However, as mentioned, the whole of Umbria must be seen since it is home to historical beauties, landscapes that charm and fascinate everyone, natural parks and characteristic towns like Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto and Todi.
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