Placed in a haven of tranquility Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine stands out surrounded by 700 hectares of vineyards on the banks of the Duero. This accommodation may not fit into the traditional hotel definition, but we assure you that it is the perfect destination if you are thinking about disconnecting from the world.
Let us show this 12th-century monastery transformed into an exclusive hotel, one of the leading exponents of European wine tourism that has just been chosen by Tripadvisor users as the best of all hotels in Spain.
The best hotel in Spain
This hotel has not stopped receiving awards since its opening in 2012; including multiple national and international achievements. Only two years after its inauguration, it won the Europa Nostra recognition for the best restoration of a historic building and also got its first Michelin star. In 2016, the hotel received the first prize as the best Hotel in Spain by TripAdvisor. Besides, in January 2017, it was named “Hideaway of the Year ” at Andrew Harper’s annual awards, and in October, it was voted best hotel in Spain and Portugal at Condé Nast Traveler’s awards. Recently, the New York Times Magazine has listed it as one of the main destinations to be visited in 2018. This last award received from TripAdvisor is only the latest in an extensive series of awards that Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine has been collecting since its conception. It is also worth mentioning that some of the wines produced in Abadía Retuerta Winery are among the 100 best wines in the world.
Smart travelers demand mystery, sensorial experiences that leave a resonance in the body and a vivid memory in the mind. Something really complicated to find nowadays, as in the luxury industry culture it prevails that the path to excellence is to overstimulate the client with goods and services, endless amenities. Fortunately, there are still some places in the world that avoid this formula. Located in Sardón de Duero, only a few kilometers away from Valladolid right in the middle of one of the most emblematic wine-growing areas of the peninsula, Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine does not fit into the traditional hotel definition. Nor in the cellar, luxurious Spa or Michelin-starred restaurant.
Since the project was born in 1988 the efforts have all been focused in a single objective: To recover the land culture, the vineyard and the ancestral traditions that surrounded this abbey of the 12th century, and to preserve the history of the property by expanding the culture of the wine through a unique experience.
According to Enrique Valero, the property’s director, the main heritage of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is its surrounding nature: 700 hectares of vineyards that began to be replanted in 1991 and which by 1996 already produced quality wines. “We’re not here by chance,” he explains. “This is the Duero valley, where the earth has made sediment for millions of years. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine has 54 small estates of very different characteristics, each one planted with a single variety: 70% of them with Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. The remaining 10% is shared between Merlot, Petit Verdot and white varieties.
Today this winery is one of the Spanish wine references. Conceived and designed by the French winemaker Pascal Delbeck and consolidated by the wine-grower and winemaker Ángel Anocibar (at the forefront of Abadía Retuerta today), it is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced in Europe, and the awards have not taken long to arrive. In 2005 the British Wine magazine awarded the winery with the prize for Best red wine of the world, for its exclusive Abbey Retuerta special selection 2001. Also, more recently it has managed to become the first Spanish winery to be included, for a third consecutive year, in the list of the 100 best wines of the world published by the American magazine Wine Spectator.
But this distinguished cellar is only one factor of this complex equation. As Valero explains, “It’s not about having rooms and wine. Everything counts, either a stay in the hotel, a visit to the cellar, or a tasting in a restaurant in London, when you take a glass of Abbey Retuerta, he taste must bring you here. As they state, it’s all about drinking the landscape.
The second most significant heritage of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is its historical and architectural richness. Here we are in an impressive abbey from 1146 managed by Doña Mayor, fourth daughter of Count Pedro Ansúrez, founder of Valladolid. It is one of the most important Romanesque structures in the whole region; A monastery rehabilitated in a multimillion restoration which took place between 2006 and 2012 by the prestigious Italian architect Marco Serra. For his studio, it was essential to respect some morphology from the initial building, so that visitors could realize how the monks inhabited it and where were their cells, the church, refectory…
This guiding principle, this respect for the past, was developed with such a mastery that Abadía Retuerta received in 2013 the Europa Nostra Prize awarded by the European Union in the category of conservation and restoration works, in recognition to the historical and technical research carried out in the building architecture.
The hotel features 27 double rooms and three suites. Eight of these rooms are located in the old stables of the abbey, providing excellent views of the vineyards. The hotel also showcases outstanding works of art, but the most beautiful masterpiece is the one seen from your window, an endless scenery always changing with the light and the passing of the Seasons. Besides, each room welcomes the traveler’s arrival with an exclusive bottle of Abbey Retuerta Special selection and countless design amenities.
Moreover, this was the first hotel with a complete stewardship service in Spain, with all the extras that it implies. Upon your arrival, a butler accompanies you to your room and provides you with a mobile phone, so you can reach him at any time. He/She may undo your suitcase, iron any garment that may have wrinkled during your journey, and can handle the most unexpected requirement inside and outside the property.
Special attention deserves the refined gastronomical offer in Abadía Retuerta, which has led to the Hotel standing out on the radar of foodie travelers. Only two years after its opening, and thanks to the excellent work of its cooking team, it achieved the first Michelin star, a recognition driven by the property’s own “ecosystem”. They truly feel that the culinary experience must be at the same height as the building or the winery. The culinary proposal is based on a creative interpretation of the region cooking traditions and the respectful use of local and seasonal ingredients. The Refectory, which is the Hotel main restaurant, proposes two tasting menus, but there are other gastronomic alternatives such as the wine bar, where you can enjoy more traditional tapas, or the garden of the cloister, open in summer and providing a simpler kitchen based on seasonal products.
The first “Sommelier Spa” in the World
The abbey’s former stable is now home to a holistic wellness retreat: The LeDomaine Wellness Sanctuary & Spa Center. An oasis eight meters deep that extends across more than 1000 m² with different areas for ladies and gentlemen. The facilities include a Finnish sauna, steam bath, hydromassage, a relaxation room overlooking interior patios, and showers with essential aromas of pine, mint, and mango. But the most remarkable detail in the Spa is its unique concept of “Oenoterapia”. They receive the customer with a wine and oil tasting and depending on their tastes and preferences they then design a custom experience appropriate to your physical and spiritual needs. This treatment also incorporates a complete body exfoliation, a wrap, and a final massage. The experience goes beyond regular skin care treatments thanks to the unusual properties of the grapes, antioxidant, anti-aging and regenerative.
A different stay
The “ecosystem” of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is a magnificent scenery where the stressed traveler may live comforting experiences. Either touring its breathtaking Romanesque church, perfect for celebrating any kind of event, or strolling through the sculptural garden of Ulrich Rückriem, the German Chillida, who seduces every visitor with his minimalist works in stone spread against the green background. And all this without forgetting the opportunity to participate in different wine-related activities, from an off-road tour of the vineyard to a horse or an electric bike ride between vines that can conclude by contemplating a spectacle of falconry just before the sunset.
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