We are just back from a two week trip in Italy and feel we should write a little about the places we stayed which definitely deserve a mention.
We reached Hotel Belmare by local bus which took and hr and a half from Portoferraio. Do not be put off by the time it takes to get to the hotel, it is well worth it when you arrive and the scenery along the winding coastal cliff road is beautiful and gives you an idea of how unspoilt the island has remained.
The hotel itself is spotless and comfortable and has everything you will need but the two things that, in my opinion set this place apart, is of course the amazing panoramic view and the friendly owners and staff. Vincenzo was very welcoming and remained patient with our complete lack of Italian (we will learn more for our next visit!) You will be made feel comfortable with their informal and homely approach. The food is outstanding here and although we had great food almost everywhere we went in Italy, I felt that Mirko's menus had a great amount of care, honesty and simplicity in them. You will definitely feel like you are feeding your soul here and after a day of walking the hills and diving in to the clear waters I cannot think of a more relaxing way to end a day. I must add that their house wine is excellent too!
On arrival in Portoferraio, it was clear that Isola D'elba was going to be a pleasant surprise that to be honest, I wasn't fully expecting as I am more often than not disappointed by coastal areas in the sun being overly built up, overly touristy and overly priced for poor quality accommodation and food. Elba is mountainous and lush with clear air and sea and is a perfect getaway from smoggy London city life.
Thank you for your warm welcome, we had a fantastic stay and we were sad to leave!
Mel and Ady
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Belmare Elba Island/Marciana, Italy