While exposing oneself to the austerity of a monk's life sounds wholly unappealing, Eremito extracts the finer points to create a peaceful haven for those seeking to escape the outside world. The hotel is located in rural Umbria, roughly two hours north of Rome by car. The site formerly hosted the ruin of a 14th century hermitage, a ruin which was lovingly restored to the current luxury lodgings.
The pace of life tends to move a little slower in the Umbrian countryside, and the range of activities available to guests reflects this. Yoga and meditation courses are offered, while horse riding and walks in the woods along the Chiani River provide slightly more active options.
Dining at Eremito is a simple affair, with the hotel restaurant serving a fixed vegetarian menu drawn exclusively from the private, organic garden on-site. The bread and pasta are home made, as are the jams and cakes.
A mere 14 guest "Celluzze" are present, each styled to resemble monkish quarters from ancient times. The austere aesthetic extends to a lack of in-room WiFi Internet, phone and television - This is a space to unplug and unwind in.