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.
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Wow.... what a place - a small piece of heaven on earth!
Superb, welcoming and friendly staff in all parts of the hotel
Fantastic food as well but the relaxed, understated charm of the place really leaves a lasting impression.... it’s just so calming
I’ll remember the evenings on the terrace with drink in hand forever
Truly a special place
We stayed at the Villa Ottone from 1st to 8th June 2019. My husband and I stayed there in 2006 and loved it. This time we returned with my son, his wife and their two daughters, 1 and 3 years old. The hotel had since been upgraded to 5 star and even better. We found the hotel well staffed and every member, from highest to most junior always pleasant and willing to fulfil any request. Everywhere was spotless. Our rooms in the main hotel building were spacious, comfortable and in perfect order. Our chamber maid was fantastic. There was a huge selection for breakfast buffet in the morning. The swimming pools are beautifully situated so you can see across the bay to Portoferraio, and there were adequate sun chairs and towels available. The bar staff on both the private beach and the swimming pool restaurant/bar also friendly, fun and very helpful. The gardens are beautifully kept, and the bar in the old villa made some stunning looking cocktails in the evening. In short a wonderful place to stay, calm, relaxing and well removed from daily bustle. However, the one minor issue I have is that there is no room service as such. My son wanting to order something light for the girls in the evening was told the main menu downstairs could be brought upstairs at a higher cost. The babes needed something light to eat before bed, not a full blown five star dining menu. Normally in the UK my granddaughters would be in bed by 7 p.m. Perhaps I should have checked beforehand to see if room service was available at the hotel. I assumed as a 5 star there would be a specific room service menu with the usual sort of sandwiches, salads, plate of pasta etc. Or maybe they do cater for younger children in high season, I don’t know and I didn’t ask beforehand, so my mistake. The dining room wasn’t open for dinner until 7.45 in the evening. As a direct result of this, we had to go out every evening and find a place that was open earlier (also difficult as many restaurants in Portoferraio don’t open before 7 p.m.) By the end of the week, it had become quite stressful dealing with increasingly tired and fractious children who aren’t, like Italian children, used to having a siesta. Had there been room service/ a “childrens’ supper” available somewhere in the hotel we could have relaxed far more. The children would have been in bed leaving us to enjoy the facilities the hotel offers far more. Please don’t misunderstand, it wasn’t the children were unwelcome. The staff were always super kind to them, always engaging in friendly conversation, there are highchairs available for them to use in the dining rooms, there is a shallow swimming pool for them to splash around in. There is also a well equipped playground for little people situated in the grounds. The staff were more than happy to make (an absolutely delicious) birthday cake for our one year old. It’s not that they don’t cater for children, but just missing that one thing (access to early meals) that unfortunately detracted from our 100% enjoyment of our holiday. I would thoroughly recommend this genuinely lovely hotel to couples and families with older children, but if you have little ones, I would suggest at least asking about services available for children before you book to ensure your own family needs are fulfilled. We will go back again, but based on our recent experience without the children, or when they are older. Overall though we all really loved the place and would thoroughly recommend it.
Villa Ottone is about 20 minutes drive from Portoferrario and is set in lovely gardens with mature tress and shrubs. The hotel identifies some of the species of these which makes a walk through the extensive gardens more interesting. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by Val who provided us with lots of information about the local area and a map with places to visit. The hotel has a private beach which is ample for the number of guests. Sunloungers, towels and showers are provided on the beach and theres a wonderful beach bar. Everything about the experience lives up to the hotels 5 star rating with the exception of the rooms (we stayed in the cottages in the gardens). The rooms are dated (but very spacious) and most of the fittings are old. The air conditioning controls must have been fitted in the 1970's. A travel kettle and tea and coffee was welcome but there was no plug socket in the room to plug the kettle in and stand it on a surface (we used the plug socket in the bathroom but an electric kettle next to the bathroom sink isn't really that safe). The bathroom had been refurbished nicely with a huge shower but the bathroom mirror didn't seem to have been changed, the mirroring was peeling away at the top. However, the bed was comfy, the rooms were quiet and we slept very well so the slightly dated feel didn't impact upon our overall enjoyment. The big plus here is the friendliness of the staff. Would we go back....yes, but updating the rooms really needs to be undertaken.
The gap between the pictures and the reality is the largest we have ever come across in Italy (this was probably at least our 15th trip there). The beautiful house on the pictures gives the impression of a refined place - it surely was, a long time ago. What the pictures do not tell is that the number of guests is overwhelming, as the house represents only a tiny part of the total accommodation. There are also a larger building, where the reception is, and other smaller buildings and constructions littered around the park - which no longer resembles a park as a consequence. The implication is that the staff is also overwhelmed. Getting a simple bottle of mineral water in your room requires 3 successive requests. The "suite" we had in the main house included a small lobby and a bedroom, the surface of which was half occupied by the bed. The bathroom wss "cheap"- looking, with plastic doors fitted in the bath to create a shower. The dining room has a veranda in big need of a repair (the protection wall on the right when coming from the house was made of plastic torn in places). The crowd gives a feeling more akin to that of an airport restaurant. The fact that at dinner time the dining room is already prepared for breakfast with all the non perishables on display evoked holiday camps, according to our daughters. The staff knows that the price (at least for the bedrooms in the main house, i.e. the nice one on the pictures) is not right. When we announced that we would depart earlier than planned, they immediately proposed an upgrade, obviously used to guests threatening to leave.
I have never left an advice before, but this time I think that it is important. Never have we felt so cheated. The original beauty of the place has been wasted by the obvious desire to fit as many people as possible.
The grounds are beautiful and the setting feels very romantic.
We stayed here during slow season so It was very peaceful. I imagine even in peak summer months the villa has a tranquil vibe to it, given its more isolated location.
We loved the views from the villa terrace, perfect for a cocktail at sunset. The beach is not the best sandy beach on the island, but it’s private and the water is calm.
The staff is very friendly and professional.
The rooms are not modern, but the style stays in line with the history & feel if the property.
We felt this villa offered relaxed elegance, which we greatly enjoy.