Ross Belfer

Locanda La Raia

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  • Why:Family Escape
  • When:November 2021
  • Who:Ross Belfer, Maya and Henri
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Locanda La Raia Three glasses deep, slowly sipping the fine wine at La Raia

Three glasses deep, slowly sipping the fine wine at La Raia

Locanda La Raia The façade of Locanda La Raia, a traditional building restored and transformed into an intimate lifestyle hotel. Italian firm Deamicisarchitetti oversaw the restoration of the abandoned building with gorgeous crevasses and archways — a dream for architecture lovers

The façade of Locanda La Raia, a traditional building restored and transformed into an intimate lifestyle hotel. Italian firm Deamicisarchitetti oversaw the restoration of the abandoned building with gorgeous crevasses and archways — a dream for architecture lovers

Locanda La Raia Resting in the room with wife and child. This was my first time traveling as a father. What an adventure!

Resting in the room with wife and child. This was my first time traveling as a father. What an adventure!

Locanda La Raia A view of the estate presents just a speck of the vastness of this biodynamic propety

A view of the estate presents just a speck of the vastness of this biodynamic propety

Locanda La Raia The interiors of the Locanda salon were perfectly plush and relaxing, evoking a cinematic ambiance

The interiors of the Locanda salon were perfectly plush and relaxing, evoking a cinematic ambiance

Locanda La Raia Each piece of furniture, design piece and artwork are hand-selected by the hotel's owner

Each piece of furniture, design piece and artwork are hand-selected by the hotel's owner

Locanda La Raia Inside the wine production lab on La Raia estate, helmed by Clara Milani, a young and talented female enologist

Inside the wine production lab on La Raia estate, helmed by Clara Milani, a young and talented female enologist

Locanda La Raia Breakfast time! Fresh fruits and bread, eggs your way, and enough cheese and prosciutto to feed an army

Breakfast time! Fresh fruits and bread, eggs your way, and enough cheese and prosciutto to feed an army

Locanda La Raia An ecosystem of its own, La Raia comprises of vineyards, chestnut and elderflower pastures, acacia woodlands and numerous species of wild animals

An ecosystem of its own, La Raia comprises of vineyards, chestnut and elderflower pastures, acacia woodlands and numerous species of wild animals

Locanda La Raia Waiting patiently atop the steps at La Raia before my ride to Tenuta Cucco

Waiting patiently atop the steps at La Raia before my ride to Tenuta Cucco

Locanda La Raia Maya on the coast of Portofino, a worthwhile day trip from La Raia. With the pandemic still limiting tourism, we had nearly the entire town to ourselves!

Maya on the coast of Portofino, a worthwhile day trip from La Raia. With the pandemic still limiting tourism, we had nearly the entire town to ourselves!

Locanda La Raia Sunny-baked fall weather in Gavi, located in the truffle-and-wine synonymous Piedmont region, less than a two-hour drive from Milan

Sunny-baked fall weather in Gavi, located in the truffle-and-wine synonymous Piedmont region, less than a two-hour drive from Milan

Locanda La Raia School's out on the coast of Liguria in the village of Camogli, the birthplace of focaccia parmigiana

School's out on the coast of Liguria in the village of Camogli, the birthplace of focaccia parmigiana

Highs & Lows

  • Style, art and aesthetics true to the region. La Raia is more than just a hotel — it is an eco-system with a biodynamic winery and an art foundation with outdoor installations, all located on a bucolic 180 hectares.

  • Normally gift shops at hotels are a bust, but I recommend visiting the stunning wine shop that was restored and designed by Deamicisarchitetti architects located in the hotel.

  • We enjoyed sunny weather on our final day, and were able to explore the Fondazione La Raia, an outdoor, walkable, curated series of art installations dotted throughout the 180-hectare property, featuring works by Remo Salvadori, Koo Jeung A and Michael Butler.

  • If the weather is rainy, as it was during a majority of our visit, then expect to spend a majority of time indoors. Late autumn vacations in northern Italy are a roll of the dice!

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Intimate Lifestyle Hotel in a biodynamic farm and winery

  • Vibe

    Relaxed, northern Italian sophistication

  • Location

    On a picturesque tree-lined street in the countryside

  • Rooms

    12

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Website was easily accessible and user-friendly. I always book directly so the hotel gets the full room rate and not docked by third-party websites! Locanda La Raia also did all it can to accommodate our needs. Traveling with a small baby is not a vacation; it’s an adventure — from offering baby-friendly food (a tough feat in a high-end restaurant) to requesting our arrival time and planning a tour of the La Raia Art Foundation, we felt as if the guest experience was pertinent and a priority for the hotel. Despite the rainy weather, the welcome was smooth, sound and seamless

  • Future Forward

    The restaurant at Locanda La Raia grows their own herbs in the on-property garden, which comprises of a large majority of the ingredients in each dish

  • Music

    Chill beats, jazz, classics

  • Year Opened

    2017

  • Designed By

    Piero Rossi Cairo

  • Health & Wellness

    Indoor/outdoor pool, small-but-precise gym, a romantic, brick-adorned massage treatment room and a sauna fitted for two persons only

  • Food

    A gastronomical experience led by Tommasso Arigoni of Milan's Michelin-starred Innocenti Evasioni a Milano

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    An honesty bar for slow sips of whisky as the night creeps forward

  • Minibar & Retail

    A gorgeous, on-site gift shop offering the La Raia collection of wines

  • Accessibility

    Disabled guests are better stationed on the ground-floor apartment which affords more space and comfort beyond the typical room or suite

  • Pet Friendly

    Dogs are welcome in the restaurant, but not the rooms

  • Children

    Allowed, but not necessarily recommended

  • Price

    The right price for the right experience

  • Tel.

    +39 0143 642860

  • Website

    Visit website

Locanda La Raia

Locanda La Raia

Località Lomellina, 26, 15066 Gavi, AL, Italy

Roaming around Serralunga D'Alba (with red wine in hand)

Roaming around Serralunga D'Alba (with red wine in hand)

Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy

Explore Genoa's Medieval Center

Explore Genoa's Medieval Center

Tenuta Cucco - Azienda agricola, Serralunga d'Alba, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Cruising around the coast of Liguria

Cruising around the coast of Liguria

Liguria, Italy

In the Area

Hotel Location Località Lomellina, 26, 15066 Gavi, AL, Italy

Perfectly situated in northern Italy's Gavi region, nestled between Milan and Genoa. Gavi is a small town marked by its lush landscape of rolling hills and vineyards, known for its Barolo wine, and during the autumn season, as a mecca for truffle foraging. The grapes of Gavi grow alongside Roman ruins, historic sites, world class galleries and Ligurian-Piemontese classical architecture buildings.

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