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Last updated: 19 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

Set in scented terraced gardens above its own private rocky cove, this legendary seaside retreat was a magnet for international A-listers in the 1970s, and has never lost its allure.

Today it has a timeless, retro-glam vibe, with 50 airy bedrooms and suites divided between the main villa and cottages in the  garden.

By day, guests flop on sunbeds around the pool or on the famous bathing platform over the sea, while evenings are spent sipping Pelican Martinis before moving on to a Michelin-starred feast in the restaurant.

The hilly hinterland of the Maremma is close by if you want to explore and there are ferries (or private yachts) to the islands of Giglio and Giannutri.

The resort is situated at the southernmost tip of Tuscany, meaning the big draws – Siena, Florence and Pisa – are all around two hours drive or more; this is really for those who want to discover a different side of the region.

Surrounding area

The hotel, a quiet, exclusive enclave, is set just outside the pretty village of Porto Ercole on its own stretch of private shoreline with unspoilt views of the shimmering sea. The twisting approach road from the village leads through scented Mediterranean macchia.

Porto Ercole, a couple of kms back up the winding lane, is a buzzy little village with chic restaurants, shops and cafés.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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