Condé Nast Traveler (US) has recognised historic Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine – the restored 12th-century abbey hotel and winery located in Spain’s Duero wine-growing region – as the #1 hotel in Spain & Portugal in the iconic magazine’s 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
“Since opening in 2012, after an award-winning restoration of our 900-year-old abbey, we have been committed to creating a hotel that truly stands apart by setting hospitality precedents and standards,” said Managing Director Enrique Valero. “In just a few years, Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine has evolved into one of Europe’s most dramatic properties with an unprecedented combination of historic atmosphere, culinary excellence with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a leading winery, savvy guest services, world-class facilities and exclusive experiences.”
LeDomaine’s score in the Readers’ Choice Awards was an impressive 97.94, ranking it #1 on the list of the Top Hotels in Spain and Portugal. For the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, more than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports. For the Top Hotels in Spain and Portugal list, click here; for the full Readers’ Choice Awards list, click here.
Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine has named Enrique Valero as the Managing Director of the historic property in Spain’s Duero wine-growing region. Mr. Valero has served as the CEO of Abadía Retuerta Winery since 2009, and with this additional appointment he assumes complete responsibility for both the restored 12th-century abbey hotel and the estate’s award-winning winery.
“With the consolidation of management, an exceptional opportunity has been created to accelerate the synergism between our extraordinary hotel and world-class winery,” said Mr. Valero. “We will be able to further position our brand as a multi-faceted travel, wine and cultural experience where guests enjoy the finest life has to offer.”
Mr. Valero has had a distinguished executive career in a variety of senior positions with domestic and international wine and spirits companies. During his eight years as CEO of Abadía Retuerta, he has elevated it to one of the leading wineries of the Duero Valley with award-winning vintages of exceptional pedigree. Previously, he was CEO of London-based United Wineries International, overseeing an extensive roster of international export brands.
Sample the Spa Sommelier!
Wine tasting is not only confined to the table. At Santuario LeDomaine, the estate’s state-of-the-art spa, a Spa Sommelier will take guests on a wine tasting ritual to determine their preferences regarding two of the five senses – those of taste and smell. The Spa Sommelier is a highly specialised professional who combines the traditional Five Elements Theory with the powerful healing properties of aromatherapy. By participating in a tasting ritual, guests will smell a selection of oils and taste several Abadia Retuerta wines in order to develop a personalised spa treatment programme.
Marc Seggara & his Michelin starred kitchens
Marc joined LeDomaine in 2016 as Executive Chef and has certainly made his stamp on the Michelin-starred menus of the hotel. Overseeing the classical Refectorio, the former dining room of the monks, the more casual Vinoteca serving Spanish specialities and tapas and The Cloister, the seasonal summer restaurant in the property’s gardens, Marc pairs his signature tasting menus with the wines produced on the Estate. Experience Marc’s cuisine with the Gourmet Bliss package starting at €760 for a double room, valid Monday to Friday nights until December 2017. It includes overnight accommodation with breakfast, lunch in Vinoteca and a gourmet dinner in Refectorio. There’s also round trip transfers to and from Valladolid train station.
Rates and reservations: Rates start at €460 per night. For further information and reservations: www.ledomaine.es; email@example.com; Tel. +34 98 368 0368. Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine will close on 17th December, reopening for the 2018 season on 1st March 2018.
Imbued with the charm of a by-gone age, Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine takes guests back in time while immersing them in the comforts and luxuries of today’s most savvy hospitality. The medieval abbey and estate of LeDomaine, dating from 1146, is a grand travel experience that overwhelms the senses with its enduring history, stately architecture, majestic ambiance, world-class culinary experiences, a superb spa, acclaimed vineyards recognised for their award-winning single terroir wines and spacious accommodation.
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