Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is a brand new boutique concept: bits of the hotel are spread around a micro-village in the Italian Apennines. It’s a throw-back to the Middle Ages, with craftwork made by villagers, restoration-revived traditions and rustic simplicity maintaining the hilly hamlet’s mediaeval charm, but with modern luxury seamlessly incorporated.Stake out the library: a place of wooden beams and painted ceilings, where you can browse the odd ancient tome over afternoon tea.
The hotel has a guide on hand to take guests birdwatching in the national park, with sightings of hawks, eagles and buzzards on offer. Bread-making classes are available on demand; participants can learn how to use a wood-burning oven from the 16th century to make crisp pizza bases and fresh bread. There are also classes revealing the secrets of Abruzzese cuisine.