Baglioni Resort Cala del Porto
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast
- Free shuttle to/from Bagno Alleluja beach club
- Dirty martinis in the glam cocktail bar overlooking the bay of Punta Ala
- Tons of books to flip through in the library
- A small by-appointment spa for a jetlag-busting massage
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- It's well worth renting a car to explore the surrounding countryside
- The Massa Marittima region in southern Tuscany is dotted with mineral springs and medieval towns
- Mosquitoes are quite prevalent in the area due to the proximity of the marina
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
The petite Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto (Relais & Chateaux) retreat is set on a pine tree–studded hillside overlooking the bay of Punta Ala, in southern Tuscany. The imposing lobby is drenched in sunlight, and the public areas are strewn with antiques and huge framed images of Hollywood stars. With its own stretch of private beach and a restaurant that looks out at the marina, this five-star property so oozes traditional Tuscan glamour that you expect to find Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor sipping a whiskey sour on the terrace.
Bed and Bath
The 38 guestrooms combine bright and breezy decor (pastels, striped wallpaper, black-and-white photos of the coast) with traditional Tuscan flourishes (dark wood furniture, antiques). Most of the rooms come with balconies that look out across the sea toward the island of Elba; on a clear day you can see all the way to Corsica. The contemporary bathrooms feature twin sinks and signature Relais & Chateaux toiletries.
Most guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace at the Belvedere restaurant, which overlooks the outdoor pool, the hotel’s magnificent gardens and Punta Ala’s bustling marina. It serves light Mediterranean dishes flavored with herbs grown in the hotel’s own garden, and it has an impressive list of local wines. There’s a small alfresco gym by the pool equipped with a multitrainer and a treadmill. The private Bagno Alleluja beach club, dotted with pagoda-shaped cabanas, is a mile away, but the property runs a free shuttle service.
In the Area
Punta Ala’s marina is lined with designer boutiques, bars and restaurants and attracts wealthy Italians throughout the summer. Head to Restauranr La Vela to feast on fabulous Tuscan dishes. Close by is Enteco Ristoro Molo G, which serves magnums of champagne. Just 10 miles away, the ancient seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia is now a modern city that has grown around a medieval fortress. The area is packed with shops and lovely restaurants such as Il Granaio, on Via Celso Camaiori; it is highly recommended for its seafood dishes and stunning garden. Or, for a more quiet and sheltered dining experience, visit La Vela‘s outdoor panoramic bar overlooking the spectacular terrace. This sophisticated restaurant embraces fish and meat specialty dishes from Mediterranean and Tuscan cuisine.
How to Get There
A very expensive and beautiful hotel set in a unique location above the marina in Punta Ala overlooking the island of Elba.
It would appear that the area is attracting many Russians who are very demanding and I would be unlikely to stay here in high season
The food quality is excellent but very expensive and local restaurants offer better value.
Punta Ala was the best discovery in this summer trip, Italian chic at its best but also very discreet. When we arrived we had a quite small room but the managed solved very quickly and we got a nicer room with a little balcony. That was really nice. The hotel location is great overviewing the little port, service is precise and impeccable, the beach club is very nice (10 mn away) but it’s you have to pay it as an extra, which considering the price of the room should be included ! Aside from that I totally recommend this hotel and could come back anytime.
I spent the last 2 days of my vacation with my 19 year old twins at this incredible resort at the end of our stay in Tuscany. We stayed in the Villa, which was a large two bedroom, two bathroom layout with a dining area and kitchen. The resort accommodations, food and service were excellent, and made this short stay a highlight of our trip. The larger of the two gyms is located a short van drive from the hotel, and is a great space with beautiful views of the beach. The breakfast selection was expansive and beautifully presented, with options for my health conscious daughter and my less selective son, who enjoyed the pastries. We were sad to leave and will return one day soon. As is known to happen when traveling with a family, my son left his laptop computer in the sheets of his bed. The hotel staff reached out to us by e-mail before he even knew it was gone, and they shipped it to us right away in NYC. The staff made every aspect of our experience at this resort a pleasure and I highly recommend this destination to families and honeymooners alike!