Casas Latinas is a stunning collection of sophisticated estates, hotels and villas across Italy, Spain, other Latin European countries and Latin America, including Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica and Venezuela.
New for 2022 are three exquisite authentic Italian Casas to add to the group. ‘Dimora Dei Gelsi’, a beautiful traditional Puglian home from home, ‘Locanda in Tuscany‘ set amongst the rolling hills in a UNESCO world heritage site in Tuscany, and ‘Casa Fantini’ a concept hotel on the on the tranquil shores of Lake Orta.
Founder and CEO of Casas Latinas Massimo Ianni says ‘At Casas Latinas our incredible portfolio of properties across the world are hand-picked for their unique credentials. All of them have sustainability at the forefront but each has their own special appeal and dedication to providing the ultimate unique stay – reframing the experience we have and the way we travel’.
Dimora Dei Gelsi in Puglia – opening 1st April 2022
Puglia in Southern Italy is top of the list of places to visit this year with its idyllic countryside and pristine coast. Perfect for a family or a small group of friends sharing Dimora dei Gelsi (pictured below) is a stunning 4-bedroom luxury property in a newly converted group of trulli, the traditional Apulian dry stone whitewashed huts with conical roofs that are specific to the Itria Valley. The property is set amidst a large estate of olive groves between the Adriatic coast and Alberobello. A very special space to stay – a stay here offers the chance to experience a truly authentic Puglian casa like no other. Book a traditional cookery lesson with a local nona and learn the secrets of how to make the best pasta dishes using fragrant herbs grown on the garden terraces.
Dimora de Gelsi is made entirely from local materials reflecting the ancient culture of this fascinating region. Located in the countryside of the Valle d’Itria, just 4km outside the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Alberobello, whose trulli-packed old centre makes it one of Puglia’s most visited towns. The views of the Valle d’Itria are what many consider to be the “typical” Puglia. Rolling hills, groves of centuries-old olive trees, trullo cones everywhere you look, whitewashed towns bleached further by the southern Italian sun.
A stay at the Masseria, or country house, is about slow living – a major travel trend for 2022. Life is spent outdoors – either dining on the large stone-paved terrace or relaxing in the pretty pool with its breathtaking views over the surrounding Apulian countryside. Dimora dei Gelsi accommodates up to 8 people in its 4 bedrooms -all located on the ground floor of the house. The design of the villa is super stylish. A pared back style of white-washed walls and flag stone floors are in keeping with the trulli traditional, with mid-century style furniture and a focus on ceramics and art from local artists. The luxury conversion, whilst rooted in the past, features up to the minute features such as underfloor heating, air cooling systems and all mod cons in the kitchen.
There are a whole range of experiences available during your stay at Dimora dei Gelsi. Mountain bikes and treks over local countryside can be arranged and there is a private yoga instructor as well as masseurs and cookery classes all available on request.
Locanda in Tuscany – Opening 15th April 2022
If you are looking for the ultimate authentic Tuscan experience for a special gathering, wedding or get-together, Locanda in Tuscany (pictured below) ticks all the boxes. Locanda in Tuscany is set deep in the heart of the Italian countryside where you can enjoy absolute peace and quiet with nothing but the sound of the birds chirping to wake you. With zero air pollution Locanda in Tuscany is perfect for incredible night skies and star-gazing or during the day wonderful walks through the hills or cycling to explore this stunning UNESCO World heritage site.
With nine rooms, including four suites, the first-floor suite has magnificent bath tub views, and relaxing in-room spa treatments are available for guests. Sleep-focussed hotels are a huge trend this year for wellbeing holidays – at Locanda in Tuscany the owners take sleep seriously and guests are offered a choice of cotton or linen sheets plus the locally designed wooden beds are metal free to eliminate electromagnetic pollution that could compromise sleep.
With breathtaking sweeping sunset 180-degree views over the Val D’Orcia close to the village of Castiglione d’Orcia, this beautiful rural hideaway also offers privacy, comfort, and an authentic Tuscan experience for an unforgettable summer celebration. Tuscany is famous for it’s weddings and the Locanda team can create a bespoke menu for your special day and work with you to create the perfect event for your guests from a pool party with Djs and a cocktail bar to a quieter al fresco poolside dinner for just a handful of guests, under the stars.
The restaurant Taverna Di Mozart is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, party or event and is set inside an old stable with an outdoor terrace, where you can sit under a vibrant bougainvillea trellis. The restaurant showcases the very best of traditional Tuscan cuisine. The dishes are influenced by traditional Tuscan gastronomy with ‘passion, quality and taste’.
Casa Fantini on Lake Orta – Opening 15th April 2022
Ideal for a large gathering of friends for a wedding celebration, family reunion or special birthday Casa Fantini (pictured below) is spacious enough to cater for all your guests.
Situated only one hour away from Milan, Casa Fantini’s philosophy is all about ‘lake-time’. The hotel is situated on Lake Orta where everything is designed to be calm, quiet and meditative to create the perfect slow-travel experience. The noise of the gentle waves adapts to the inner rhythms and removes stress. Undisputedly one of the most magical locations for a hotel, Casa Fantini is an intimate place of harmony where architecture, landscape and light blend in perfect balance and just for a moment, time seems to stand still.
The hotel was designed by world famous Italian architect Piero Lissoni of Lissoni Architettura, who worked with hotel owner Daniela Fantini, CEO of Fantini Rubinetti, to interpret her vision for a hotel inspired by the slow pace of Lake Orta and to be a contemporary reflection of a home that would enhance the natural heritage of Lake Orta.
Casa Fantini has 5 Superior Rooms, 4 Prestige Rooms, and 2 Suites. Super Rooms have a spacious terrace with lakefront view overlooking the gardens and all the rooms have luxury bathrooms complete with steam room showers and Fantini Rubinetti bathroom furniture. Furnishings have a vintage feel with bespoke Italian couches, raw wool rugs, and deep comfortable beds with floor to ceiling glass doors leading to balconies with romantic views over the garden and lake and San Giulio Island. There is a beautiful library filled with books about the lake to help you unwind and relax.