We stayed at Palas Cerequio May 6-9, and it was outstanding.
Hosts Jayne and Roberto run what is a cross between luxury spa and B&B. We stayed in the modern room above the main area, which had a private hot tub, sauna room, and rain shower. Very relaxing. Plus, our windows were like sliding glass doors which opened up to a tremendous view of the Barolo - Cerequio Cru vineyard. In the distance we could even see the tops of snow capped mountains over the hills of Barolo. Just beautiful.
The complimentary breakfast was as good as I had in Italy, with fresh juices, great breads, eggs prepared perfectly, and a number of other items. My wife loved the coffee (I don't drink coffee) more than anywhere else we went in Italy.
Dinner wasn't far behind either. The chef there does a great job with all the local flavors of the moment, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Wife is a vegetarian, and she felt the food was great as well.
Then, of course, there's the Michele Chiarlo wine cellar and tasting run by Roberto (this is a Chiarlo establishment). Roberto is a star sommelier, which was pretty surprising to me. Not because he is one, but historically the ones I've met have a certain air about them. He doesn't have that at all, but when it comes to wine tasting, and knowledge, he's unbelievable. Such a great depth and knowledge of wine, and in particular, the Barolo area. To top it off, in the wine cellar they were having a Renoir exhibit as well, which was just great.
Everyone we met at this small establishment was very nice and friendly. I think there's somewhere between 9-11 rooms there, and it wasn't fully booked when we were there. Even if so, it wouldn't have made a difference. Place is great.
I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a B&B-type of environment, that also provides absolute privacy, some higher end amenities, but still maintains that cozy and comfortable feel.
Was perfect choice for our honeymoon.
Also of note, La Morra is so close you could walk if you wanted to, although not necessary. There are great restaurants there, and a local market where you can be some exceptional wines to bring back at a very fair price. The prices for wines at Palas Cerequio, as well as food, was more than reasonable.
The ONLY thing they may want to add to the place, if possible, would be an outdoor hot tub/jacuzzi near the pool, but it's possible that could be distracting to some of the other rooms.
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