San Maurizio 1619
Relais San Maurizio
By Ross Belfer
Deep in the throngs of the verdant hills of Langhe lies an estate that yearns for your undivided attention to chill. Stop and smell the flowers, literally, at Relais San Maurizio. The most easily identifiable characteristics of this 30-room property is its unfiltered charm. Perched atop a hill in the heart of Italy's Langhe region - superb for its winemaking culture and a mecca for tartufo -- Relais San Maurizio leaves its guests to wander in its Cistercian Monastery, now home to several of the hotel's suites; decades-old gardens; meditation areas; robust spa facility and salt caves, and not to forget the Michelin-starred Guido da Costigliole restaurant.
Floating away on a late spring weekend, I left my senses to indulge and luxuriate, one long breath at a time.....