Name: Poggio ai Santi
Poggio ai Santi is truly the perfect place to relax and unwind by a pool, looking out at the sea and the islands of Elba and Corsica and surrounded by beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Located on a hillside about 4 kilometers from the nearest town and the beaches of San Vincenzo, a stay at Poggio ai Santi feels like you are being embraced into a wealthy Italian families luxurious home. This peaceful hotel was Dominique and Francesca’s family home until they decided to share this spectacular spot with those lucky enough to discover it.
There are three buildings, the main 19th-century manor house and an additional two converted farm buildings that are a fairly steep walk from the main house and restaurant, which keeps the grounds and hotel feeling exclusive and like you have them to yourself. In fact the best suites are located in the converted out buildings. The achingly romantic “Sea Superior Suites” with Asian-chic decor parquet-floors whitewashed walls and luxurious, bathrooms offer spectacular views which are complemented by a private outdoor tub on the terrace. Rooms in the main building are also stylish but can be less peaceful because of their proximity to the lively restaurant.
The hotel and the grounds are tranquil and secluded. Windy paths lead you through heavily scented Mediterranean gardens planted with a hundred exotic trees; The perfume from pines, rosemary and other scents, is everywhere. To add to the natural feel, the huge gardens also house donkeys, horses, chickens, cats and dogs!
The restaurant “Il Sale” is memorable and breakfast is served on the stunning terrace in summer where you can enjoy home-grown treats while absorbing the gorgeous views. Dinners are scrumptious with fantastic home-grown, seasonal food at very fair prices and with an extensive wine list, plus there is an experimental bar called “Il Sal8” serving up exciting cocktails. It is worth mentioning that guests must be over 12 which is a relief for some but a shame for those of us with younger families.
So sip a glass of Chianti and muse on your brilliance of finding this gem as you laze in your vast free-standing bath and gaze over the vines, the forest and out to the sparkling Med and the island of Elba floating above the haze.
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