L'Andana is the result of Alain Ducasse's passion for Italy and through his passion this stunning all-singing, all-dancing luxury hotel in the heart of the Maremma was created in collaboration with the Moretti family. Surrounded by 150 acres of La Badiola Estate, L'Andana, once a Medici villa, boasts a luxury spa, Tuscan trattoria, private chapel and driving range for keen golfers. All of this is wrapped up in a warm and magical atmosphere surrounded by the scent of the Tuscan countryside where guests can enjoy the sun, colours and warmth of the Mediterranean.
Surrounded by pretty gardens, chairs and sunbeds the outdoor heated pool at L'Andana overlooks the town of Castiglione della Pescaia. Sit a while, enjoy the sun and read a book. Those who find it difficult to sit still can take part in one of the cooking courses, go on a bike ride to the 16th-century hermitage church, take a walk or enjoy a game of tennis on the nearby court. ESPA treatments are available all day at the L'Andana spa where the focus is on all five senses and for the first time the concept of Gourmand Spa has been created between ESPA and Alain Ducasse. Aromatherapy, Phytotherapy and Thalassotherapy are all part of the holistic treatments on offer using essential oils, sea salts and plant extracts.
A short drive from L'Andana is the Moretti's wine cellar, Petra, where excellent red wines are made and which can be tasted by guests. It is worth making the trip for the view alone, which takes in the island of Elba, and Corsica on blue sky days.
On a clear day there is nothing better than taking a boat trip to discover the crystal coves and bays of the nearby Tyrrhenian sea. The largest island is Elba and off the Argentario promontory is the charming little island of Giglio with its pretty fishing villages, lovely beaches and delicious metre long pizzas! Giannutri is a tiny and very peaceful island where cars are not allowed and where the remains of a Roman villa, complete with baths, servants quarters and plumbing system, still stands.
Art lovers can take trips to Siena, Arezzo and Florence which are all within a 2 hour drive. Rome is only a little further and worth the drive if it is your first time. Castiglione della Pescaia and Grosseto are the closest towns to visit within 25 minutes.
The informal restaurant at L'Andana is called La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini which has a cosy dining room which leads onto a veranda overlooking the park and swimming pool. The mouth-watering smells of freshly-baked doughnuts, currant buns and orange flower brioches will lead you to a breakfast fit for a King! Tuscan hams & cheeses, fresh mozzarella, homemade jams and yoghurts and freshly laid eggs are just some of the delights to expect. The kitchen at L’Andana is managed by Enrico Bartolini, a young and successful chef from Tuscany who, with Executive Chef, Marco Ortolani, creates innovative, balanced and inspiring dishes with menus chaning throughout the season reflecting Tuscan traditions and flavours: stewed octopus and borlotti beans, pea risotto with pancetta and pecorino and ossobuco with potatoes and celery. Those with a sweet tooth won't be disappointed either: Granny Smith's apple and sorbet tart, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate and pistachio ice-cream. Wine-lovers will appreciate the extensive wine list which includes some of the best Italian wines as well as an international selection.