My wife and I just returned from a five (5) night stay at the Villa Armena. We found the hotel through Trip Advisor and the positive reviews that so many of you have taken the time to write. We want to thank Trip Advisor reviewers for your wonderful comments about this incredible property. Your review definitely contributed to our chosing this property for our stay in Tuscany.
When we first arrived a the Villa Armena property, my wife and I both said that we had arrived in heaven!! The property is set in the most incredible setting.... high on a hill, with views over incredible Tuscany. Our first impression stayed with us the entire stay!! The property is manicured, and taken care of daily by a maintenance man, and it showed. The pool and the surrounding area of the pool was just beautiful As a matter of fact, an outside group had booked dinner in the dining room one evening, but insisted on cocktails adjoining the pool area as it is such a wonderful spot on the property.
We were met at the hotel by Edouardo and his wife. They made us immediately comfortable with their welcome and made arrangements to have our luggage taken care of. This is one very hard working couple who have devoted themselves these past four years, we learned, in acquiring this property and completing a major renovation ... I mean major.... from top to bottom. This property is definitely a labour of love to this couple and it showed.
We learned that Elena is an architect who devoted her time and skills to detailing and supervising the renovation and creation of this absolutely luxury property in the heart of a wonderful area of Tuscany. No detail in the renovation was overlooked and it showed, from the bedrooms, dining room, outside patios and open window kitchen, and the common sitting areas of the villa both on the main floor and on the second floor of the villa. Our room was beautiful simply said and our quiet sanctuary after a busy day. We didn't hear a sound from any other room on the floor, felt totally private and when we slept, we had the most incredible sleeps.... wish I could duplicate this peace and serenity of our Tuscany room back home in our busy lives... oh well, that's why God created holidays. The room was furnished and detailed to the 9's, the bed was wonderfully comfortable, and the large washroom had everything including a shower with incredible water pressure in which I could have stayed for hours. Absolutely nothing was lacking and we have nothing negative to say about the room, or in fact the villa.
Not only are Edouardo and Elena supervising every aspect of the operation of the property, but they have Laura (Edouardo's mother) ever present in the restaurant, both in the morning and in the evening. She is a lovely woman and is a fully trained sommelier and always chose our wines each and every evening perfectly. Add to the mix a chef, Fabrizio, of great skill and accomplishment who prepared all the food at the villa. We chose to have all our dinners at the Villa, and ventured out during the day to the surrounding areas, restaurants and wineries. We got back to the Villa about 5 each day, in time to relax before dinner each evening and just take in the full experience of the Villa. There is a set menu each day, with some specials, but Fabrizio will, more or less, cook anything that we wanted. He helped make our stay wonderful. Everything was well prepared, and artistically presented, and always delicious. We enjoyed each and every meal at the Villa!! The breakfast table had everything and more that one could expect, or imagine and always carefully presented ... there were a number of chef prepared specialties available as well for breakfast if we wanted to add to the over abundant breakfast table.
Each day, I would discuss with Eduoardo where I could drive to and visit, and have a portable gps I install in the window of my rental car wherever we go in the world which helped immeasurably. We chose to not go to any large cities, but concentrated on all the towns within a 45 to 60 minute drive from the Villa, and let me tell you, there are so many towns, that we didn't see everything we wanted but enjoyed each and every town and each suggestion of Eduoardo's was right on.
At one time, my wife and I were contemplating buying an apartment somewhere in Tuscany, but after staying at Villa Armena, we have decided we have our "own" villa to return to over and over again, and wouldn't hesitate to stay again at Villa Armena. One last point, with Eduoardo, Elena and Laura, we felt so comfortable, in some ways we felt we had found relatives in Tuscany.... and believe me, nothing feels better than a great Italian family life to us. They made us feel part of their family... so comfortably that we would go back over and over again when we are Tuscany.
We most definitely recommend Villa Armena to anyone looking for the best that Tuscany has to offer!!