Relax, unwind and sooth both body and soul in one of Italy's most suggestive countrysides at Borgobrufa Resort & Spa.
As the crisp air of autumn sets in and the stresses of work and everyday life catch up with us our bodies and minds can benefit from the perfect little getaway. A relaxing timeout in an Italian paradise where we can relax and spoil ourselves emerged in a most enchanting spa might be exactly what we need.
Nestled in the hills of Italy's region of Umbria lies Borgobrufa Resort & Spa a retreat which is just a short ride from Perugia. The resort is an oasis for wellness and relaxation. Here, surrounded by breathtaking views of rolling Umbrian hills, we can take a break from the frenzy of our busy days and enjoy a topnotch spa and sophisticated hideaway.
Borgobrufa is located in a medieval village. Andrea and Ivana Sfascia, owners of the resort and spa, first discovered the antique building in 2002. They immediately fell in love with the place which was once the country estate of a noble family dating back to the 18th century. They had the villa carefully restored and established the Country House Borgo Brufa which eventually grew to include the Resort & Spa and is now the largest top-rated spa in the region.
The resort lies on 1200 square meters of land in the calm of the gently curving hills and small roads of Italy's heartland. Guests at the spa are looked after by 16 professionals and pampered with choices of over 77 different treatments for face and body. Borgobrufa's extensive list of soothing treatments use only natural products and lavish the skin with ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, wine, chocolate and hazelnuts.
The serenity which accompanies guests throughout their stay is discernible from the moment you arrive. Take a deep breath, it's time to unwind. The exclusive ambiance is dedicated to adult guests only.
The luxurious architecture and furnishings blend in seamlessly with the surroundings and tradition of the area. Each room is decorated according to Umbrian traditions with wooden beams on the ceilings, warm colours and wooden furniture. Some of the rooms have their own sitting area where guests can relax in front of a warm fireplace and offer a private pool off of the room for a completely exclusive experience. The Imperial Suite has an infrared sauna, jacuzzi and private pool along with antique furnishings and a large sitting room.
Outside, the spa is encircled by private gardens and 12 acres of vineyards and olive groves which all belong to the resort. Borgobrufa produces its own extra virgin olive oil and two prestigious wines. Its red, Nobile del Borgo, is an intense blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet produced with the barrique method using small oak barrels to age the wine for a short period of time. Borgobrufa's white wine, Poggio Belvedere, is an elegant white perfect for an aperitif and for lighter dishes.
Borgobrufa also boasts the Ristorante Quattro Sensi run by the chef Ciro D'Amico. The restaurant takes care to spoil its diners with delicious traditional Umbrian dishes. Guests can choose from two menus. The first, Menù della Tradizione, uses seasonal ingredients to recreate some of the area's finest foods, while the second menu, Menù Campagna Amica, utilizes only local organic ingredients each of which is carefully selected directly from producers.
Diners may also pick from the à la carte menu which offers an array of seafood and international creations sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. For the cool autumn and winter months Chef D'Amico suggests warming ourselves up with the fresh pasta filled with truffles and drizzled with a Pecorino cream, accompanied by a glass of Paolo Bea o Tabarrini.
For those seeking to immerse themselves in a bit of culture while we're relaxing, the city of Perugia with its artistic masterpieces is just a short car ride away. Take some time to visit the city's historical centre and enjoy its stunning views. Otherwise, quick trips to other Italian cultural gems, such as Assisi and Gubbio, are a quick car ride away as well.
Borgobrufa and the countryside of Umbria are a magical way to relax and recharge as the cold weather presses in. Spoilt in every sense of the word, we return to our daily routines recharged both mentally and physically… and with some beautiful memories to boot.