Hotel Villa Ottone
What We Love
- Classic elegance on Elba Island in the sublime Tuscan Archipelago, with breakfast and moreRenting a yacht to survey the island in style
- The beautiful botanical parkland surrounding the hotel
- Relaxing on the pretty private beach
- Enjoying complimentary breakfast and one three-course welcome dinner – if not opting for additional meals
Timeless charm and incredible seafront views abound at Hotel Villa Ottone, a 19th-century luxury villa on the Italian island of Elba, off mainland Tuscany. Inhabited by Italian counts until 1920, the property today is a five-star hotel that exudes a 1930s-glam vibe and is surrounded by lush and picturesque gardens.
Aside from a picture-perfect location on the pristine coastline, the villa also boasts a private beach, spa, gym, wellness center and outdoor pool. Its restaurant and pool bar are lovely places to enjoy long afternoons and exquisite sunsets or have an aperitif in the villa bar (where you can drool over the original fresco ceilings). To top off this sweet stay, the villa offers a full beach service, with an umbrella, sun chairs and towels included.
Cottage rooms sit in the heart of the garden area. Each offers ratting furnishings, a private terrace and period prints.
Breakfast and dinner can be enjoyed in the privacy of the terraces and balconies that extend into the grounds, or by the outdoor pool. Choose between an à la carte or set menu, which both offer classic and international cuisine. Wash it all with with a pick from the wide selection of local and international wines.
The wellness center has a Middle Eastern hammam, Turkish bath and a range of treatments available, from Ayurvedic traditional massage to Reiki. The menu of body and facial treatments combines luxurious and natural seaweeds and marine plants with the exclusive Phytomer cosmetic range.
Only six miles off the coast of mainland, Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. With mountain ranges and an exquisite coastline, it’s served by regular sea and air connections from mainland Italy. A private connection service is available via the hotel.
How to Get There
The hotel is set in what must be the most beautiful part of Elba. It has its own beach and a lovely pool. The hotel grounds are magnificent, the main bar is very grand with views over the bay. They have a bar at the pool and on the beach as well both serving fantastic food. The breakfast is great loads of choice the evening dinner is among the best I’ve ever had.
Hotel reception staff very nice and the hotel is very clean.
Bar staff and waiting staff fantastic.
The only disappointment is the Matre ‘d, made it plain he didn’t like the English and was bordering on rude.
We visited expecting our 4 day stay at Villa Ottone to be the highlight of our 2 week trip to Italy but were badly disappointed - so we used the hotel as a base to explore the island. Good base as easy to get most places on island within 30 minutes.
We found out the swimming pool was out of order when going to have a swim, and the sign said it would be fixed tomorrow. The phrase “tomorrow never comes” springs to mind and it certainly didn’t during our 4 day stay. The pool remained empty. We wouldn’t have minded so much if we were told on arrival, but no one mentioned it during check in, despite us being given a hard sell on eating at the poolside restaurant.
The bedroom was very comfortable, and a nice bathroom. Breakfast was pleasant with lots of choice. Beautiful hotel and grounds, it had a very lovely sunset.
Good to have a private beach as public beaches on the island get incredibly busy. However, there’s a reservation system on the sun beds, again not explained so we accidentally sat on someone else’s sunbed! Despite reservations, most sunbeds were empty most of the time. To note, it’s a pebble beach so jelly shoes are helpful for getting in and out of the sea.
Lots of signs in the hotel about reducing plastic which was fantastic and I’m a strong supporter of this. There was evidence of it in the bathroom with some products such as large refillable shampoos, however, the bar on the private beach was using single use plastic cups and lots of plastic straws which was not in keeping with the ethos.
Some staff were really friendly and others were borderline rude.
Finally, on check out we weren’t asked if we had enjoyed our stay, or how was our stay.
We really felt the hotel overpromised and underdelivered, when it has the potential to be brilliant. I wouldn’t recommend based on our feeling of disappointment.
This property consists og the villa, the hotel and the cabbings in a park with big trees. We stayed in the hotel. The room was confortable, good bed and practical bathroom. Good size of balcony. Nice pool. Gravel beach with nice view og Portoferraio and mountains. Very good breakfast. Gorgerous bar, but expensive drinks.