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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We have been in this hotel several times. Always we were excited about this hotel. The historic building is great. Rooms are good. You will love the view over the sea, the park of the hotel, private beach and a great restaurant with a wide choice in the menu. The biggest asset is the friendly and helpfull staff.
This hotel has a personality and it is great to spend your holidays there.
This hotel with the appropriate budget can become a viable alternative to the Hermitage.
The team is great, service is superb, restaurants are great specifically the Gourmet Restaurant but the rooms are truly dated, the bathrooms were fully refurbished some times ago and they are 100% at PAR but all the rest is very dated. The beach is very narrow and the front seawall is looking terrible, while you can find much better beaches on the Island. The pool area is from the 50's, too small, not an infinity pool and there is not sufficient separation with the kid's pool. In summary, I will come back only if the place will go through a massive renovation.
We stayed for four nights and had a fantastic time. The staff were great, very helpful and charming, particularly at Reception. We dined there one evening and enjoyed the food which was exceptionally well cooked and presented.
Could not fault the hotel or staff, they were brilliant. Thanks to everyone there who made our stay so special.
The historic main Villa has an idyllic location right above the private beach and is a great setting at night to enjoy cocktails on the veranda whilst listening to live music. Service in the hotel was very good. Slightly older crowd, overall a very pleasant stay
Hotel Villa Ottone has more than 5 stars going for it in many respects but is let down by its dated and well-worn decor. There are three parts to the residence - the hotel, the cottages and the villa (where apparently rooms cost €600 a night in high season). The villa and its American Bar are complete highlights. A place where long cool cocktails are served while three times a week jazz singers croon and smoulder against the backdrop of a glistening moonlit sea. The restaurant to the right serves beautiful food and wine at a reasonable price. The beach is private, rocky underfoot (bring your footies) and crucially has a cool breeze most days. The beach bar has a small but tasty lunch menu. The staff are extremely friendly though the service needs to be improved particularly in the breakfast restaurant and in the American Bar. The reception staff are hugely helpful but the catering staff often comprised of sexist older staff and inexperienced newbies - at odds with a 5 star experience. But these are only small snags which can easily be remedied, Ottone is a VERY special place.