Property spotlight / Spain

    Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena - Spain

    Sitting alongside vineyards and a thermal water spring, Monasterio de Valbuena is a shining beacon of how to do sustainability in style, at this beautifully restored 12th century monastery.

    The lowdown

    • How to Get There

      Access the hotel from Madrid in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

    • Combine With

      We think this would make a wonderful self-drive trip, starting in Madrid, staying at Monasterio de Valbuena before continuing onto northern Spain including art hub Bilboa and foodie enclave San Sebastian.

    • Travel Made Positive

      The Monasterio de Valbuena is part of a group of hotels dedicated to restoration and are deeply committed to sustainability with a road map set to net zero. The hotel uses solely renewable energy, has zero single-use plastic, a biomass boiler, green roofs for insulation and a water recovery system among other endeavours.

    Located in the lesser-visited northern hinterlands of rural Spain, Monasterio de Valbuena is found in Castilla y Leon overlooking the Duero River near Valladolid. Part of the Castilla Termal group, the five hotels in its collection follow a dual philosophy – a dedication to restoring historic buildings and the use of thermal waters within each property.

    A meticulous renovation of a 12th century Cistercian monastery, Monasterio de Valbuena was built over several centuries; today its architectural past is on show in all its glory – historic cloisters, exposed stone walls, high arches and wooden beams give the hotel a huge amount of atmospheric character. Layered onto this is a smooth, contemporary design palette which works in perfect synergy with the pale-stone buildings allowing a sense of pervading calm throughout. Rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable – we recommend the suites within the original monastery which benefit from characterful rough-to-the-touch stone walls with views over the cloisters and bell tower.

    An added sense of peace and relaxation comes in the form of the hotel’s own thermal waters, which were discovered by the Cistercian monks who used the mineral-rich waters to irrigate their crops and vines. Today it flows through the spa, several pools and the wellness area including the Capilla de San Pedro Experience, which is a thermal circuit including a scrub, sauna, steam room and different temperature pools, all set in a replica of the monastery’s chapel – bringing a whole new connotation to the word ‘divine’.

    During the day, the hotel can facilitate with ease local bike rides along the Duero River, wine tasting in the monk’s cellar sampling the hotel’s own award-winning wine – Converso, yoga within the hallowed cloisters, visits to local cheese dairies or spending time in the workshop of the Foundation of the Edades del Hombre where religious artwork and sculptures from all over Spain are restored. Working up an appetite, eating is a pleasure at Monasterio de Valbuena with dishes created from local recipes using the organic kitchen garden with fine dining tasting menus for a more elevated experience. Nearby are a range of surprisingly good-value Michelin-star restaurants to explore – speak to us about making you a reservation.

    As part of a longer road trip through northern Spain or a luxuriating spa weekend, Monasterio de Valbuena is a good-for-the-soul stay, done sustainably.

     

     

    Sophie Garland

    Travel Planner

    I was lucky enough to visit three of the five hotels in the Castilla Termal group and was so impressed with the beautifully restored buildings, all revived with sustainability at the forefront. What also made the difference was that staff were so happy and helpful, clearly passionate about Castilla Termal’s philosophy. These are very special places to stay - talk to me about which property suits you best.