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Hotel Highlights

  • Swimming pool-sized baths in the suites
  • Beautiful grounds with Romanesque hot bath overlooking Tuscan hills
  • Alain Ducasse dining experience

Overview

Set in splendid isolation in the heart of the Maremma countryside, L'Andana is a historic Tuscan villa with a spa and hammam, black-slate hot bath and indoor pool. Massage and beauty treatments are available. The outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the gardens and there is also a tennis court, a small golf course and mountain bikes. Cookery classes are given by the hotel's chef.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking L'Andana with us:

Two free cocktails on arrival; lunch for two when booking a Superior Suite or Suite Prestige

Facilities

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L'Andana hotel – Tuscany – Italy

Need To Know

Rooms

33.

Check–out

Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $379.88 (€300), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Hotel closed

from 3rd November 2013 to 15th April 2014.

At the hotel

Spa with beauty treatments, hammam, black-slate hot bath and indoor pool. Outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the gardens. Tennis court and small golf course. Bicycles are available. Cookery classes with the hotel's chef. DVD library.

Our favourite rooms

Suite 1 is located in the old part of the hotel and has a large, impressive bathroom, wonderful northerly and easterly views, a separate sitting area and large bathroom with chez lounge.

Poolside

An outdoor pool in the western garden and a heated indoor pool located in the spa.

Packing tips

The hotel can supply tennis equipment, but bring your clubs for the golf course.

Also

There is a shop selling body products, olive oil and Pétrus wine. Babysitting can be arranged with 48 hours' notice.

Children

The peaceful setting is not suitable for small children.

Food & Drink

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L'Andana hotel – Tuscany – Italy

Hotel Restaurant

The hotel's dining is overseen by world-famous chef Alain Ducasse and is open to non-guests. Traditional Mediterranean trattoria dishes use fresh, local produce and are executed with finesse.

Hotel Bar

Located in the large open-plan lounge area, but you can drink wherever you fancy in the gardens, by the pool or on the grassed terrace. Drinks are available until 11pm.

Last orders

10pm for the restaurant; 11pm for the bar.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Dress up for dinner.

Top table

Next to the window in the main part of the restaurant and outside on the terrace in the warmer months.

Local Guide

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L'Andana hotel – Tuscany – Italy
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Maremma Nature Park stretches along the coast and is a wonderful area for walks (www.parco-maremma.it). If you're looking for some energetic pastimes, the beach is only 15 minutes away and the hotel can arrange kitesurfing.

Local restaurants

Ristorante da Antonietta on Via Colomo in Castiglione della Pescaia (+39 0564 933 661) is a small family run restaurant with a terrace overlooking the boats in the port and ideal for lunch, 12h30–14h. Try the fresh squid and the espeguetti alle sarde (sardine spaghetti). Vota Pentole on Via IV Novembre (+39 0564 934 763) is an intimate bistro in the historic centre; it's certainly worth the climb up through the narrow streets for sundowners and tasty local specialities on the panoramic terrace. Pizzeria Da Anna in Strada delle Rocchette (+39 0564 941 175) in the centre of Castiglione della Pescaia, is also a favourite with the locals and serves traditional Tuscan dishes.

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Sublime solitude

L'Andana

Tenuta La Badiola, Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany, 58043

Planes

The nearest airports to L’Andana are Florence and Pisa, both roughly two hours away. Other possibilities include Perugia, Rome and Bologna, all between two and a half and three hours’ drive from the hotel.

Trains

The closest train station is Grosseto, 18km from the lodge. For information on train times and prices, see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

The hotel is in day-trip distance of several picturesque Tuscan towns; Volterra, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pisa and Siena are all between an hour and a half and two hours away. The nearest town, Grosseto, is a 25-minute drive, while the Renaissance glory of Florence can be reached in two and a half hours. Meanwhile, Rome is just over two hours away. Main local motorways are the E78 and the E80. There's free parking.

Reviews

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L'Andana hotel – Tuscany – Italy

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

The flashiest way to get to the L’Andana hotel in Tuscany is by helicopter. As we drove down the same stretch of road for the third time we considered that this might also be the most practical. As boutique hideaways go, L’Andana is well and truly hidden, but once we swung the car up a long driveway lined with cypresses and pines, and pulled up in front of the only green lawn for miles…
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L'Andana

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

The flashiest way to get to the L’Andana hotel in Tuscany is by helicopter. As we drove down the same stretch of road for the third time we considered that this might also be the most practical. As boutique hideaways go, L’Andana is well and truly hidden, but once we swung the car up a long driveway lined with cypresses and pines, and pulled up in front of the only green lawn for miles, we knew this was it.

This hotel in the coastal Tuscan region of Maremma is the former summer residence of Duke Leopold II, and pardon the brochure-style speak, but the Medici-era villa really is set among some noteworthy olive- and vine-studded rolling hills. Clearly the nobleman wanted seclusion and privacy and had chosen this spot wisely; the chirping of the cicadas and the occasional hoot of a wood pigeon were the only interruptions to the peace.

After such a spectacular landscape, we found the hotel’s neutral tones and understated luxury to be the perfect blank canvas to continue our ease into relaxation mode. L’Andana itself was equally hushed and here the greatest distraction in the bright, conservatory-like reception was from butterflies that floated in from the lavender beds.

Our bedroom was in a new wing that blends seamlessly into the ancient lodge. Although I think we may have had the smallest of this boutique hotel’s 33 rooms it was still more than sufficient, with a cosy fireplace, sunset-hued fabrics and all the mod cons you’d expect in somewhere so exclusive. Still, no flatscreen TV could complete with the Tuscany view over the swimming pool and across the countryside, which as you can imagine was a picture-perfect scene that had this photographer swooning, especially when teamed with the captivating scent of pine and lavender from the garden.

We were convinced by now that if we were any more soothed we’d flatline. Then we discovered the bathroom. Almost as large as the bedroom, with a tub of swimming-pool dimensions, it was like overdosing on a jug of liquid yoga. I’m 6’4 and even when I laid diagonally in the ‘bath’ neither my head nor feet touched the sides – fabulously decadent. Unusually for a boutique hotel, L’Andana has a five-a-side football pitch, and to be honest you could probably fit both teams in there together. Thankfully just the two of us in that tub was perfect – well, you’d feel lonely in a bath like that on your own.

There was plenty to tempt us out of the comfort of our hotel room, but the gym, tennis court and golf course seemed a bit too demanding in the midday sun of Maremma. We opted for the main pool for some intensive lying around and strenuous soaking up of some rays. A word to the wise: in high seasons, the ratio of guest to sunlounger means some blatant bagsying can be required. Some of our fellow guests with children smartly left a nanny in the sun as a reservation marker.

Now those of you who like your romantic escapades sans ankle biters, will be relieved to hear that even the kids are affected by the tranquility of L’Andana; it’s fair to say we never heard a squeak. And when the pool was empty there was only the murmur of trickling water from classical Roman gargoyles; the only activity was swallows swooping for a drink.

The majority of people staying at this Tuscany hotel don’t venture far during the day, but as the sun dropped lower and took the edge off the heat, we decided to explore. L’Andana has mountain bikes that you can borrow. Despite it being Mrs Smith’s idea to go for a cycle, her eulogising about the joys of bike-riding quickly turned into a red-faced struggled of coughing and puffing. ‘I can’t go on,’ she declared; still, we’d made it a third of the way up a small mountain (at least it felt like that).

Fortunately it was a lot easier whizzing downhill through the olive groves, the cool breeze in our faces, squealing with delight. I glanced over my shoulder to see if my lover was keeping up and caught a glimpse of her as she careered off the road in a cloud of dust. I cycled back to find her among the foliage, slightly bruised but smiling, announcing that she wanted to go back uphill and try it again. We thought better of it when a friendly tortoise ambled across our path showing us the pace at which things around here should be done.

We decided to take it easy that evening with aperitifs in the garden next to the Jacuzzi followed by the main performance: a lazy supper in the hotel’s excellent trattoria. Here, world-famous Alain Ducasse is responsible for the delicious Tuscan food such as taccole noodles with a sauce of red spring onion and baby cuttlefish, delicious prosciutto and plates of poached salt cod. There's a slight French influence in the cuisine, as you would expect in a Ducasse restaurant, but essentially the dishes are traditional local delicacies made from the freshest seasonal ingredients.

By now fully indoctrinated in this sloth-like existence, we enjoyed a leisurely start to the day following a restful sleep aided by the soft, luxurious linens and the oh-so-comfy beds, as well as blackout shutters (closed every night when the maid turns down the room). It’s rare for anyone to appear for their morning cappuccino before 10h30 – this being a hotel that encourages even the most dedicated of sunlounger hoggers to enjoy a peaceful lie-in.

Eager for fresh air before returning to the big smoke, we reluctantly forsook L’Andana’s luxury spa and drove along the road between Marina di Grossetto and Catiglione della Pescaia, to the sea. In Maremma, you get the best of Tuscany and the Mediterranean: white sand, warm blue water, but scarcely a soul in sight. Heaven. We agreed that even the most highly-strung couldn’t fail to find their ‘peaceful centre’ during a trip to L’Andana. The only problem with a retreat as peaceful as this? It’s a struggle to convert from tortoise speed back to hare pace when you return to the day job. The legacy of all-day laid-back serenity is a hard habit to break.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in L'Andana's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the landscaping and the hotel service. 

Don’t expect

I thought the breakfast choices could have been better and the interior style seemed a bit dated!

Rating: 4/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the excellent service, beautifully appointed rooms, lovely outside space and fantastic food. I had a wonderful time.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I was made very welcome in this luxurious hotel.

Don’t expect

The directions could be better.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location was great and not as hard to find as we had thought. The hotel and rooms were beautifully decorated and very comfortable – total luxury. Staff were excellent and the restaurant (had dinner there on both nights) was excellent too and staff were fantastic and friendly. We absolutely loved our stay here and have been recommending it to everyone we know and we will definitely be going back!

Don’t expect

The only disappointment was that we couldn't eat breakfast outside in the lovely gardens because there were wasps everywhere and they wouldn't leave us alone; not the hotel's fault of course.

Rating: 10/10 stars