We spent 4 nights at this boutique hotel in September, this corner of the island of Elba is beautiful and the time of year was perfect, still warm but not too crowded.
The hotel is spread out in what I believe used to be the owner's family's property, renovated and thus no modern construction that goes up. The rooms are spread out, over the main building and to the back around a quiet, gorgeous garden that had cushioned lounge chairs and tables perfect for reading and some of the rooms were around this garden. Everything is surrounded by greenery, lots of trees and among the vegetation you can catch glimpses of the sea.
Arriving with our 1 year old daughter in tow (how could we leave her behind ;-)), we were actually shown two rooms and given the choice to pick which one we preferred, taking her needs into consideration.... we ended up picking a room in one of the buildings further away from the main area, just because we know our daughter and she can be loud at times and didn't want to disturb the other guests. Both rooms were pretty yet different, one more modern, the other more whimsical in its decoration - we picked this second one, where the bed and "closet" were made out of planks and branches, quite unique. We had a balcony with a view of the sea, the walk to the beach was less than 3 minutes.
What we truly loved about the hotel and the #1 reason we'll go back if we can: the friendliness of all the staff and owner every time we saw them, at breakfast and dinner, very helpful in giving suggestions and tips on where to head with our daughter for a day at the sea and for a short hike on another day. It seemed they really cared that we had an enjoyable experience there and as we went about. The #2 reason we'll definitely go back: the delicious food we had at dinner every single night. While breakfast was great, with a lot of choices for all tastes, dinner was spectacular and different EVERY SINGLE DAY!! We hadn't planned on eating at the hotel every day, but after that first dinner, we just didn't see a reason for searching any other place to eat at. Aside from it being convenient, it is only for guests so service is really timely and cordial. You choose in the morning what you want to eat from the menu at your breakfast table so as soon as you're seated you started being served what you had selected with a very minimal wait. The menu changed every day and had options - meat, fish or vegetation for each course. You could pick from each and I went for seafood every time. Being on an island, it was superbly cooked, fresh and delicious! Even our 1 year old tried everything out from our dishes and would eat happily whatever we offered.
We loved our stay at this hotel, elegant yet friendly and casual at the same time, we felt welcome even with our loud baby along. Would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Elba for the first time as it was also a great base to explore the western end of the island. We were less than an hour from Portoferraio.
- 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