Guests at the historic Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, the restored twelfth century abbey hotel and winery in Spain’s Duero wine-growing region, can now become one with nature with the hotel’s “Nature Experience.”
Butlers provide orientation and introduction to the landmarks and trails of LeDomaine, which guests can explore on both walking and bike riding excursions. They are also provided with personalized trail maps, filled with useful tips on bird watching, accompanied by a pair of Olympus Binoculars.
Among the wildlife at LeDomaine are wild boar, roe deer and a variety of birds, including hoopoes, red kites, lapwing grey herons, kestrels, eagle owls and storks, either sitting on tree branches or flying right above them. A stork nest sits on the hotel’s clock tower while the rest of the hotel’s property is dotted with historic ruins, 100-year-old trees, streams, woods and vines, made famous by the estate’s award-winning winery.
The estate dates back to 1146 but opened as a hotel in 2012 after a complete restoration. The hotel is accompanied with a Michelin starred restaurant, the Refectorio, transformed from the abbey’s original dining hall which now serves haute cuisine. The Vinoteca restaurant serves authentic dishes, tapas and small plates created with regional ingredients accompanied by the estate's wines. In the spring and summer, guests can enjoy al fresco meals in the Cloisters courtyard. More amenities of LeDomaine include 24-hour butler service, mountain biking and horseback riding on the estate, tours of the winery, helicopter rides to view the ancient landscape from up above as well as Falconry displays.
When in need of relaxation, guests can retreat to the Santuario LeDomaine Wellness & Spa, which practices holistic healing and wellness. Here, guests can experience a “fusion wine” vinotherapy spa – a personalized treatment program based on a blind tasting of the estate’s wines.
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is a two-hour drive or train ride from Spain’s capital, Madrid.