My sister and I stayed here in late August 2013 and were delighted with our choice. After a hot and long drive we were welcomed on to the terrace and immediately offered a drink overlooking the pretty bay below. In fact from therein the service was impeccable, all of the waitresses were kind and helpful.
The room was simple and quite small but everything worked well, including a small mini fridge and a lockable personal safe. The air con was a welcome addition as the nights remained hot.
The setting is quiet. The village of s'andrea is a small seaside village so you can easily walk down to the beach to swim off the beach or walk round on to the rocks where there is more space.
We had a car and were keen to explore the island so were out most of the day at nearby beaches or towns. That said, if you wanted just to relax quietly the garden of the hotel was peaceful.
We had half board and the breakfast was superb. A large choice of fresh bread, fruit, cheese, meats and cereal. Plus truly fabulous coffee. Dinner was simple but delicious and fair value. I agree with other reviewers that it is a shame that you can't eat dinner outside. If this is unfeasible for the owners, then they should dim the lighting and light some candles to create some atmosphere as it is a little clinical.
All in all a big thumbs up. If you fancy exploring the western side of the island or simply resting quietly then this is a great bet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boutique Hotel Ilio (only 20 rooms in a familiar atmosphere) is set in the midst of a magnificent green landscape, the ideal place for a relaxing holiday where the sea is "really" just outside your door - ideal for snorkeling, diving and kayaking. The mountains that surround the gulf of Cape Sant'Andrea offer the possibility to go hiking, mountain biking, and are of great botanical interest. At the Boutique Hotel, Ilio the chef, Giancarlo Pollidini, offers a dinner- menu featuring exquisite Elba and Mediterranean dishes, with the primary objective of making the most of the local and traditional cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilio Hotel Elba Island
- Boutique Hotel Ilio Elba Island/Marciana, Italy