The first thing I must highlight is that the Borgobrufa Spa Resort is a child free zone, only over 15s are permitted as guests, which makes it the perfect getaway if you are looking for a break away from the children.
From London Stansted to Perugia International Airport, the flight time is two hours and thirty minutes. The transfer from the airport to the hotel takes approximately twenty minutes.
Borgobrufa is the biggest spa resort in Umbria. The hotel is located in the vicinity of Perugia within a small village. It is set in amongst vineyards and Umbrian olive groves. The panoramic views are breath-taking.
It is a family owned hotel. Husband and wife team, Mr Andrea Sfascia and Mrs Ivana Baldassarri, the owners are both locals. They ventured into hospitality in 2002, with a small Country House. In 2006 they extended it into the Borgobrufa Spa resort.
We arrived early evening and checked in, there is a small reception at the entrance and the check in was quite swift. We were then whisked away in one of the hotel’s many golf buggies to our rooms.
My room was located away from the main building, it had a fabulous little balcony which offered scenic views of the olive groves. The room was a little austere, a bit dated, this contributes to the four star status. You would expect a refurbishment on the rooms, to get it the hotel up to five star status, something that the management are currently working on. All the same it is charming in an old fashioned way.
For our first evening at the resort we decided to meet up at the hotel bar for an aperitif before dinner. The bar has a comfortable modern lounge area and on designated evenings they have a live act performing. We spent the evening being entertained by a talented local who was giving it her all.
For dinner we moved through to the dining room. The menu is a reflection of the region. All the dishes are made with local ingredients and prepared in the traditional Umbrian style of cooking. At the resort they produce their own olive oil and wine, which complimented our meal to perfection.
The resort is involved with Coldiretti’s “Campagna Amica” project. Coldiretti is an organisation of farmers whose main focus is on the protection of biodiversity and the environmental sustainability of the agricultural sector. The project aims at the circulation of local and seasonal agricultural products free of genetic modification. Ensuring that your meal at Borgobrufa is 100% Italian.
The main draw for guests of Borgobrufa however is the spa. With a 1200 m² of wellness designated area it is easy to see why. At your disposal there is an outdoor and indoor pool, salt grotto, a Rasul bath and three private SPA areas.
The resort rules are quite relaxed and it is possible to remain in your bath robe while you wander around the grounds, and even while you have a meal in the restaurant.
The spa menu is pretty extensive and is focused on rejuvenating the mind, body and soul. With just over fifty treatments there is something to suit everyone. I opted for a full body massage, which was suitably relaxing.
In under three hours you can reach a spa dedicated paradise far from the hassles of modern day life. Borgobrufa is set in an idyllic, sleepy little hamlet, a far cry from fast paced city life, enabling you to simply switch off and enjoy nature and focus on your wellbeing. With its panoramic views it is the perfect haven to unwind and enjoy the Umbrian hospitality and service.