A quiet pool in a quiet part of Italy
You don't hear a lot about Maremma, the western coast of Tuscany. But Il Pellicano has long been a famous retreat outside of the town of Porto Ercole, right by where the Costa Concordia tipped over. Awesome pool high about the calm ocean. 2 star restaurant and it's part of the Relais & Chateaux, so you know it is a destination eating resort. It's expensive, but for the money, it had one of the nicest and biggest rooms I've ever had in Italy, with its own terrace and enormous bathroom.
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Fine dining under the stars
Truly a destination restaurant, the two-star Michelin restaurant at the Il Pellicano hotel is one of the finest I've had in Italy. Tucked into a tiny corner of the Argentario peninsula, the wind was non-existent, the stars blazing, the food amazing.
Fancypants in Maremma
If you're looking for a place to splurge, this would be it. Luscious resort all by itself on the edge of a cliff. Great pool. Big rooms. 2 Star restaurant. Doesn't suck.
Località Sbarcatello, 58019 Porto Ercole GR, Italy
+39 0564 858111