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“A lovely place with great staff, offering great service” 5 of 5 stars
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Relais Sant'Elena
Via Campo Di Sasso, 57020 Bibbona, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Bibbona B&B and Inns
Dortmund, Germany
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“A lovely place with great staff, offering great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We spent our honeymoon here and were able to relax lots at this lovely hotel. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the food was great (a wide choice at breakfast, organic food produced at the hotel's sister farm, organic wine, homemade olive oil). There are two lovely cats, and especially Trudy is very friendly to the guests :-) Be ready for lots of wildlife, with geckos, foxes, swallows, bees, butterflies, and - unfortunately - plenty of wasps, mosquitos and hornets. There are lots of extra services available to the guests, which, like the rooms (over 200€ a night for an en suite double), are pricey: 6€ per item of clothing in the laundry service and 90€ for an hour's massage. The bathrooms, though, are particularly impressive and the decor in general is lovely with natural stone floors.

Wherever you look there is a beautiful countryside view and there are gorgeous flowerbeds around the grounds, but don't make the mistake we made and come expecting any kind of transport links to the outside world. There are no buses, no taxis (minimum 50€ for them to come from the closest taxi point 15km away), and to get anywhere without a car you'll need to rent bikes or hike down into Bibbona in narrow, unlit streets. There are a few little niggles (some maintenance work needed, very soft bed, bad wifi which only really works if you're in the communal lounge area, only one room key for couples, causing problems for the other person to get back onto the grounds through the locked gates). On the other hand, if you want peace and quiet and don't mind not being able to have a few drinks in the evening, this is the perfect place for rest and relaxation; the hotel really takes peace and quiet seriously and expects guests to keep it down at night. As a side note: unless you make a "Do not disturb" sign for your door, reckon with the very effecient cleaners turning up at 10am sharp!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

A Tuscan dream. Beautiful rooms that were very clean. Fantastic views - it is as if the hill with the tower on top was purpose built to be viewed from the swimming pool! The breakfast is one of the best we have ever experienced, there was an impressive selection to choose from and everything was very fresh! There are some fantastic beaches nearby, Baratti was our favourite. Bolgheri the nearby wine village is almost a must, their best wine Sassicaia seems to be sold in all the best restaurants in Tuscany and beyond. We will definitely be back.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Personally I loved this property. It is a bit out of the way from Bibbona, and feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, but the rooms are GREAT and the property is BEAUTIFUL. Please know that is is a very very quiet property and children under 11 (?) are not welcome. Although the restaurant - La Pineta - we wanted to go to was booked over a month in advance, they made reservations for us and sent us to Tognoni where we had one of the best wild boar dishes (with pappardelle) that we have ever had!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

It's hard to find the words to describe how wonderful our stay was at Relais Sant'Elena.
The place is perfect, wonderful landscape, you can't get tired of it.
It's like a postcard picture.
Rooms are full of style, the main house and it's decoration are crazy, a lot of taste here !

The swimming pool is huge and the sunbeds really nice, however the design of the protection around the pool could be better, and the Internet provider should be changed in so far as the network is a bit unstable.

Breakfast and food are just amazing.

According to the staff recommendations you can visit beautiful places, and enjoy very nice restaurants which are not the touristic type. 

All the team is very nice and all these attentions they paid to my fiance's birthday were just incredible!

Definitely a place to visit if you are in Tuscany.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights during my
Honeymoon- and once before 2 yrs ago. It was fantastic both times- incredibly peaceful and romantic from service to rooms and furnishings.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Welcome & check in: our navi system did not find the relais, so we called and received a proper description to make our way to the hotel, check in went smooth and fast
Room: it was amazing and perfectly styled and decorated, the mattress and pillows were fine; we booked a standard room - the view was a bit limited and the bathroom could be a bit more spacious
Breakfast: great home made food and drinks, it was really yummy, except the service was not too fast - but that does not really matter, when sitting in one of the greatest surroundings in Tuscany
Garden and pool: the garden with all the roses is really amazing and it is really nice that there are no buildings close to the relais, so you have an unlimited view over Tuscany's picturesque countryside, great, big pool
We will definitely come again!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

A very refined place, designed in the smallest detail and in perfect harmony with the landscape. Close to sassicaia, ornellaia and all other renown wineries, a wonderful place to relax for at least 3 nights. For sports, swimming in the pool of the relais and running in the hills are the only options.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Relais Sant'Elena

Address: Via Campo Di Sasso, 57020 Bibbona, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Bibbona
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Bibbona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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Also Known As:
Relais Sant`Elena Hotel Bibbona
Relais Sant'Elena Bibbona, Italy - Tuscany

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