A PEACEFUL RETREAT with Michelin-star dining options, an ESPA SPA, golf course, tennis courts and COOKERY COURSE OPTIONS …
In a nutshell: If you want total seclusion with no shortage on service, spa or sensual details then this historic Tuscan Medici-era villa will delight. Equidistant from Pisa or Florence airports in the coastal region of Maremma, (known for its Argentario yacht scene and Bolgheri wines), the driveway of cypresses and pines sets the scene and scent for the cinematic surroundings.
Do: Borrow one of the hotel’s mountain bikes for a safari around the vineyards so you get a sense of the rolling landscape. An organic farm and the Antinori estate are good stopping off points. L’Andana produces its own wine (Acqua Giusta) and a tasting (plus shipping a few cases) is recommended. Then there is the hammam and ESPA spa to soothe the cycling muscles, with a golf course, tennis courts and two swimming pools if further activity is required. Alternately a library and lovely reception area with bar give ample space for lounging – a sport at which we want to excel.
Eat: La Villa is bright and breezy, perfect for breakfast or al fresco lunches, while a former granary is the setting for dinner in La Trattoria – showcasing Enrico Bartolini’s Michelin-starred cuisine. The walk between the main hotel and the granary is off piste, so forget the heels. Cookery courses for guests are organised regularly and I came away with two recipes which have been used repeatedly. Off site, worth-visiting is Castiglione della Pescaia, as is a stroll along the near-deserted beaches.
Rooms: There are 33 rooms in rustic ochre and beige tones that blend Florentine silks, Frette linen, impressive blackout curtains and luxe Maison Francis Kurkdjian products. With such impeccable credentials, it’s no wonder there are so many repeat guests.
Tenuta la Badiola, Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy; www.andana.it.
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