We drove from the South of England all the way to Tuscany to stay at Grotta Giusti for a week. On arrival we were immediately impressed by the high level of service offered by the reception staff. They were very friendly and our luggage was collected from our car and taken to our room.
Staff then gave us an initial guided tour of the hotel, the numerous lounges and reading areas, the dining and breakfast suite, the bar area with it's own large lounge and outdoor seating area. And then the Spa!!
The indoor area of the spa is reached directly from the hotel via a long corridor. You wear bathing robe, slippers and take with you your pink/red swimming cap. Everyone has to wear a swimming cap in the pool as the water is pumped up from underground caves to give this amazing naturally warm water full of minerals. Hotel guests get their own sun loungers, a small private pool and their own entrance to the main pool exclusively for their own use, day visitors to the spa have their own facilities (much more restricted). At the far end of the pool are several hydrotherapy areas from stand up to lie down jacuzzis!! There is even a wall of water that you can sit under and get pummelled by the waterfall effect.
Inside the spa there is every treatment under the sun, you'll have to look at their website for the full list. But the truly amazing deal clincher about this hotel is their underground caves: Discovered over a century ago by a labourer working in the grounds of the original manor house the hotel is now based in. He saw steam coming from under a rock in the grounds. He moved the rock and was hit by a rush of steam. They dug down and found these incredible natural caves with stalactites and stalagmites and pools of blue water, all naturally warmed by the heat of the earth.
They have managed to sculpt these caves so you can walk down into their depths. The further you walk the hotter it gets. You are invited to stay in three distinct areas and in the final one there are plenty more loungers where you sit back and feel all the stress sweat out of you!! It's an incredible experience. And hotel guests get one visit down to the caves per day for free. Just book at the spa reception.
Location , it's about half way between Florence and Pisa. Florence is a great day out, plenty to do and see and lovely shops and restaurants. Pisa we were not that impressed with as apart from the famous tower, there's not that much else to do or see. Around Grotta Giusti itself there's not that much either. The restaurants aren't up to much. And that brings me on to the hotel restaurant at Grotta.
The breakfast buffet is very varied and full, you don't half to order any additional food. Lunch is provided outside near the pool and has a lovely selection of salads etc, Keeps you feeling very healthy.
Dinner was a slight let down. Very expensive for v small portions. In the end, I relied more on the starter buffet, which is designed as an appetiser, but I tried to fill my plate with food from that so I wasn't hungry by the end.
But to end on a good note, the rooms are fabulous. Very luxurious, tended to twice a day, towels changed twice daily and a small bowl of fruit replenished through the week. Even a small card telling you the weather forecast. And in the bathroom, you can bathe in those same mineral filled warm waters pumped up from the underground caves!!
You must try this hotel, even just for a 2-3 night break added on to a Florence or Pisa city break.
Thanks for reading.
Paul and Louise
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grotta Giusti is located in Monsummano Terme just a few kilometres from Florence, Pisa and Lucca.Set in a private park with secular trees, the early nineteenth century villa, now a prestigious Hotel, enriched by antique furnishings and paintings, has maintained intact its historical air and natural charm. The 58 double rooms and 6 Junior Suites, furnished in a refined, fresh style, offer unexpected details such as the bathrooms in luxurious white marble with thermal water on tap. The Hotel is directly connected to the Spa, which has a modern Wellbeing Centre with an Oriental area, equipped gymnasium, numerous relaxation areas and a medical aesthetic centre. The Spa also has an open air pool with 750 square metres of thermal water, picturesque cascade and underwater hydro-massages and the large millennial Grotta to end the day with a beneficial, relaxing "steam bath". Immersed in the park are the fresh water swimming pool, tennis court and fitness walk with further trekking courses for excursions in the surrounding countryside. And, just a few kilometres from Grotta Giusti, an 18 hole golf course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grotta Giusti Resort, Golf Hotel Monsummano Terme
- Grotta Giusti Resort, Golf And Spa
- Grotta Giusti Spa
- Grotta Giusti Hotel
- Grotta Giusti Tuscany/Monsummano Terme, Italy