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!
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Sant`Elena Hotel Bibbona
- Relais Sant'Elena Bibbona, Italy - Tuscany