Introducing L’Albereta in Franciacorta
August 1, 2022 by Perrie Hartz
Perched high on a picturesque hilltop in Brescia, part of Italy’s lush region of Lombardy, L’Albereta is an ivy-covered grand villa with classic Italian glamour. Situated in the wine territory of Franciacorta—which stretches from Lake Iseo to Mount Orfano and is just an hour from Milan—the property is surrounded by vine-blanketed hills, historic castles, lush greenery, and superb wineries. With a world-class Chenot Health and Wellness spa, impeccable service, incredible gourmet cuisine and two wineries, L’Albereta is a true haven for wellness, foodies, wine lovers, and anyone who craves a bit of la dolce vita.
Owned by the wine-making Moretti family, this historic villa is also a member of Relais & Chateaux, and is filled with unique objects d’art, fresh flowers, soaring ceilings and antique furniture, reflecting the kind of relaxed-but-exclusive ambiance that feels ever-so Italian. Both the interiors and exteriors are a perfect balance of modern and classic, with chandeliers and sconces contrasted against bright peacock blue walls, and lush gardens dotted with modern sculptures. The smiling, well-trained staff never miss a chance to make guests feel welcomed, and they also strive to maintain the property’s enchanting sense of peace and serenity.
L’Albereta has 53 sophisticated, well-appointed guest rooms dotted throughout the property, including 31 double and twin bed rooms, 21 junior suites and suites and 1 cabriolet suite. The rooms are airy and light-filled, all boasting private balconies and frescoed walls, and decorated in warm golden-toned satin and luxurious damask. The bathrooms are made of fine marble and come equip with hydro-massage tubs.
The suites are all unique, some boasting incredible views of the rolling vineyards, others overlooking the stunning lake Iseo. Each has special features, like the Lake Tower Suite with its pastel walls, pink marble bathroom, huge living area and panoramic views, but the true showstopper here is the Cabriolet Suite with a private balcony facing Lake Iseo, along with an incredible fully-retracting roof set directly over the huge four-poster king bed that opens up to the starry night sky and ushers in the warm Brescia breezes at sunrise.
The former home of the villa’s caretaker has now been transformed into Casa del Bosco, a building that has two deluxe rooms and one junior suite, all of which can be reserved as one unit, creating a private retreat perfect for families or groups looking for a little more exclusivity.
Listed as one of the best luxury spa hotels in all of Italy, L’Albereta boasts some truly impressive wellness offerings, including the world-renowned Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa with over 20,00 square feet of pure vitality and wellness, along with 14 treatment rooms, tennis courts, fitness classes, and indoor pool.
The Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa has a dream team of 30 expert masseuses, doctors, dietitians, osteopaths, wellness coaches if guests desire something more than a relaxing facial or steam bath. Their Medical spa focuses on a holistic and systemic screening method to customize wellness programs using state-of-the-art diagnostics and a multidisciplinary approach to help restore the body and optimize it to its peak mental and physical condition. Programs focus on diet and weight-loss, oxidative stress management, anti-aging, energetic treatments, health and prevention to improve overall wellbeing with bio-energy check-ins. The spa also includes a sauna, steam bath, Turkish bath, and hydrotherapy pools. Guests will enjoy sipping herbal tea in the spa lounge or in the peaceful sculpture garden.
L’Albereta has four gourmet restaurants. Guests can savor delectable local cuisine from chef Fabio Abbattista at Ristorante LeoneFelice, where the large, beautiful terrace opens to mesmerizing views of Lake Iseo. Dishes are inspired by traditional rustic Italian cuisine while also reflecting a slightly modern touch. Standouts include linguine with fresh sardines from the nearby island of Monte Isola garnished with saffron, wild fennel, and breadcrumbs, violet prawns with strawberry ceviche in a light tomato gazpacho, and tender lamb shank cooked on charcoal with succulent roman artichokes.
La Filiale is an informal yet chic pizzeria serving award-winning Franco Pepe’s pizzas with outstanding wines from Franciacorta and beyond, while the health-forward Ristorante Benessere is reserved for guests of the Espace Chenot Health and Wellness SPA. Stanza 54 is the perfect setting to enjoy breakfast, a light lunch or aperitivo with charming views over the vineyards and landscape of Franciacorta surrounded by three terraces.
With its gorgeous grounds filled with rolling hills, perfectly-manicured vineyards, and incredible manicured park and sculpture garden, along with the villa’s elegant social rooms, L’Albereta is also an ideal location to host memorable events, special occasions, or meetings. Its prime setting in Lombardy also makes it the perfect starting point from which to explore other cities like Milan, Bergamo, Verona, and Venice, though guests will find that the nearby Lake Iseo is worth the trip alone. Brescia is also home to incredible golf courses (there are nine top courses within 100km), including the renowned Franciacorta Golf Club, which has an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole executive course.
L’Albereta’s storied history, remarkable grounds, and impeccable service make it a true Italian dream, while the wealth of amenities and activities, including canoeing on Lake Iseo, along with the superb cuisine and locals wines, promise guests an unforgettable experience.