What should I expect from DolceMama holiday?
DolceMama is a holiday that welcomes all mothers depending on their age, race, religious views or status. We have a very relaxed atmosphere here. There is our daily agenda with activities we offer to you, but we know that with babies our day can take an unexpected turn. Because of that we don’t want you to miss out on any activities and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We welcome children from 3 months to 5 years. If you have an older child, you can still come. We will just ask you some extra questions to prepare better the week you will come and to make sure your child is entertained here enough.
I have two or more kids, can I still come?
Of course, you are welcome! Baby bed is free of charge and all rooms consist of two or three single beds, that can be put together to form double bed. For one mother occupying one room, up to two children at age from 3 months to 5 years are staying for free. However if the second child is older than 5 years, there is an extra charge of 200 Euros/1500 DKK.
What is a typical Tuscan cuisine like?
For starters a typical Tuscan kitchen includes different variations of tagliere, which is a board full of different salamis, prosciutto, cheeses. Typical salami is salsiccia di cinghiale made of wild boar from around Siena, finocchiona – salami with fennel seeds, Pecorino – sheeps milk cheese from Pienza has different variations, stracchino cheese with pastella fritta – burrata style cheese with deep fried dough sticks, polenta fritta with wild mushrooms, bruschetta with tomato and basil or fried chicken liver.
There are plenty of foods for non meat eaters like insalata di farro – salad made of spelt grains and vegetables, pappa al pomodoro – dish made of ripe tomatoes, bread and spices, caponata salad, peperonata and many more.
Then there are pasta dishes for all tastes – alla Norma – pasta with aubergines and cheese, pici e funghi – with mushrooms, ragu di cinghiale – meat sauce of wild boar, and many other dishes. We have a big barbecue here, so everything we can cook on BBQ we will!
All the meals are accompanied with local Chianti wine for red wine lovers and Vernacca di San Gimignano for white wine lovers. If you don’t drink wine, we have plenty of juices, tea and sparkling water available.
Me or my baby might be hungry between the meals, is there any food available?
Yes! You are always welcome in our kitchen and help yourself. There is always bred, jams, some cheese, biscuits, fresh and dried fruit, juices, tea, water available.
Can I share a room with my friend, sister or mother?
Yes. There is additional fee of 600 Euros/ 4500 DKK to cover all costs of extra bed, food, transfers, day trips and activities. This is also a cost for your husband if he wants to join in on Papas week. All beds are single, so it is easy to combine or separate them accordingly to needs.
What’s included in the room?
You have all toiletries for you and your baby. We provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion for mothers from Italian eco cosmetics company Qualikos and body wash/shampoo for baby from local eco cosmetics Dolci Coccole Bio. All bed linens for guests and babies, towels, nappies, wet wipes and change mats for the week. All bathrooms have hairdryers. There is also TV in each room and free WI I throughout the villa and all bedrooms.
I have never tried yoga, can I still come?
Our yoga instructor is experienced and will find the right amount of exercise for you. Make sure you also communicate what level you are before the classes. She teaches yoga advanced level, but she will make the decision based on how many moms and at what level they are on the week. If you have had any injuries or health problems, please notify the teacher before you attend any classes.
What about beauty treatments?
You have one beauty treatment of facial cleansing, mask and face massage (approx.30min) and relaxing back massage (approx.30min) included in retreat price. You can book your treatments on arrival or later in the week. There is unlimited use private SPA with sulfurous water Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and emotion shower. There is also free face mask service available, ask directly to beautician to apply it for you while you relax. Some other treatments available for additional cost and you pay directly to beautician. The prices for extra treatments vary from 20-30 Euros per session. We can accept only cash payments.
What about babysitting?
We guarantee babysitting during morning activities from 9.00-12.00 where three to four carers will look after little ones. Also during cooking lesson and evening/afternoon yoga session or if you have booked any treatments in the afternoon. We try to make the mornings the most interactive for kids with singing, dancing, painting and lots of play. We have also Tee Pee tent in the garden with different toys for bigger babies and toddlers. For babies we have activity center, Natures Sway hammock and lots of baby toys. Toddler yoga can also be arranged if have more toddlers than babies. Looking after kids happens to be in or around the villa and you can come and check your baby anytime, if your baby is unsettled and needs you we will come to you. There will be food available for your baby, however if you know there will be feeding time during the morning session you are welcome to give instructions to carers or come and feed your little one yourself. In general there will be 3-4 carers looking after all kids. The holiday have limited availability to host 11 adults at the time.
My baby is bottle fed, will there be hot water available all the time?
There is kettle always available in the kitchen. In towns there will always be hot water for you available in any coffee shop.
When we are away from villa for day trips, will there be baby food available?
You can always ask for pre-made food in the villa. For day trips you are welcome to take some baby food packs from pantry.
If I rent my own car, can I go around at my own pace and make my own plans?
You are welcome to rent your own car and explore Tuscany in your own pace, however the activities you do not participate can not be refunded.You will have to bring your own car seat then or rent it together with a car.
What the weather will be like?
Depending on the month you come, April, May, September and October are very warm, with possible showers there and then, but the sky clears pretty fast after rain, so there is very small chance that it will be raining for long periods of time. Daytime temperatures vary from 20-25 degrees with nights around 18. June can be hotter with temperatures reaching 30 degrees during the day and 20 during the night. The property is located on a hill and that gives a nice breeze during hotter days, and surrounded by park with plenty of hiking trails and private lake.
What should I pack?
Sunscreen for you and your baby. Pack some comfortable clothes, and something nicer for eating out or just dinner in the villa, just because you are on the holiday and it is a beautiful occasion. Swimming costume and sunhats for both of you. Take flipflops and sneakers. There are some nice running trails around this area. Don’t forget about any medication your baby might need while away. We have some baby paracetamol here too. There are also swimming nappies available in the villa. Pack also an adapter for your electrical appliances if you are coming from UK, US, Canada, Australia, the rest of European countries has the same outlets. It’s good idea to pack a baby monitor if you have one, so you can enjoy more of enchanting evenings outside with other moms.
Can I bring my baby stroller?
Yes! And most of the airlines allow you to bring at least two baby items for free, e.g. baby stroller and car seat. If you are using our pick up, drop off service we have baby seats included.
Is early check-in possible?
Generally we run the retreat from Sunday to Saturday, but if your flights are Saturday to Saturday, you can still come to villa on Saturday and we will check you in. There will be no chef available to cook for you but don’t worry there still will be some food available. Let us know as much details as possible about your arrival on the booking form, so we can better accommodate your and your baby’s needs.
When I should book my flight tickets?
Only when you have made your booking with us and received a confirmation from us.
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