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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


Hidden away in the Tuscan hills, hotel L’Andana is a historic hunting lodge with a spa and hammam that brings touches of luxury to the Maremma countryside. Relax in this retreat with its black-slate bath, indoor pool and superb spa treatments. It's bissfully isolated, but with the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the gardens, small golf course, mountain bikes and cookery classes with the hotel’s chef make L’Andana you'll find plenty to keep you occupied.

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


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L'Andana – Tuscany – Italy

Need To Know




Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $305.26 (€273), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.


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

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.


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.


Welcome. Baby cribs can be added to all rooms, extra beds from the Deluxe with Mezzanine upwards, and 3–10 year olds can play in sister property Casa Badiola's kids club (€30 a day, from 9.30am–6.30pm with a break for lunch), snacks included.

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Food and drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The hotel's La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini is helmed by Tuscan-born chef Enrico Bartolini and is open to non-guests. Modern Mediterranean trattoria dishes are whipped up using fresh, local produce, including aromatic herbs, vegetables, wine and olive oil from the gardens and cellar of Tenuta La Badiola. La Villa, open at lunchtime (and dinner if La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini is closed), is a casual restaurant where excellent breakfasts (freshly baked doughnuts, orange-flower brioches, currant buns and cheesecake), platters of local meats and cheeses, and light meals such as pea risotto and tortello pasta stuffed with courgette flowers.

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.

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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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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 ( 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


Tenuta La Badiola, Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany, 58043


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.


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


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.


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L'Andana Tenuta La Badiola Castiglione della Pescaia 58043 Tuscany Italy

Anonymous review

Rating: 10/10 stars
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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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 have to say about L'Andana in the Guestbook below…


Stayed on

We loved

The grounds; the tranquillity; the spa. 8/10.

Don’t expect

A lively time! Also we would say the food is overrated - we had a very poor meal at the trattoria and breakfast was adequate rather than impressive.

Rating: 8/10 stars


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