Hotel Villa Ottone -
Loc. Ottone, 57037 Portoferraio, Isola d'Elba
Spa & Leisure
Imagine a very grand holiday home complete with gardens, a tennis court, private beach, a spa area and a gym and you will start to get an idea of what Hotel Villa Ottone is all about. The leisure element is inextricably linked to the character of the hotel with the various aspects scattered around the grounds – by which one means you have a few steps across the lawn to get to the small pavilion gym or the outdoor pool looking out at a view across the water to the lighthouse and home of Elba’s most famous resident – Napoleon I when he went there in exile in 1814.
The whole hotel was built around the concept of being a retreat, and the more recent addition of the Essentia spa is the cherry on top. Small and perfectly formed, it takes inspiration from its location – notably the proximity to the sea, with a Turkish bath and a collection of treatments using the Phytomer brand – a leader in the world of marine based cosmetics.
Hotel & Accommodation
A 19th Century villa with its own private beach on the Tuscan island of Elba, Hotel Villa Ottone was once the private home of the Toscanelli family and was built on the recommendation of doctors to help the failing health of one of their sons thanks to the restorative effects of the largely untouched island. Today the hotel has been extended with some rooms still in the main house and further accommodation in a more contemporary neighbouring building.
Thanks to the retention of the family crests, stucco work and frescoed ceilings in the main house – you could be forgiven for thinking that you had drifted back to a world of pre-war dinner dances and aristocratic tours with flair that only the Italians can muster, and nowhere is that more evident than in the bar and restaurant. The bar is in the main house where abundantly civilised aperitifs are served amongst neoclassical colonnades overlooking the sea, before dinner under a canopy in the newer part of the hotel – you do have to walk outside, but it is all of about ten feet … and this is Italy, why wouldn’t you want to go outside?