Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Bird watching in Orbetello
Playing golf in the fresh sea air
Close to the beach
Only when you book with Chic
Bottle of wine in the room
Early check in/late check out (Subject to availability)
Room upgrade (Subject to availability)
Open from April to the end of September Vedetta Relais is a small luxury B&B near the medieval village of Scarlino, southern Tuscany. Set atop Poggio La Forcola, acres of woodland and the relais' vast olive grove surround this little gem which enjoys wonderful views of the countryside and the fresh sea air which carries over the Gulf of Follonica.
This elegant boutique bolthole, formerly the family farm, has been restructured by owner Anna Barberini, with her ancestors in mind, and each of the seven beautifully appointed suites has a distinct philosophy and style. Today, relaxed guests can enjoy the sea views from the outdoor swimming pool set amongst the olive trees.
Beautiful, charming, humorous, romantic, this Chic Retreat is an inspirational gem full of personality, history and style and, in keeping with the natural surroundings, Anna has taken great care to make sure they are as eco-friendly as possible using rain-water where possible, solar-power energy for heating water and locally-sourced materials for building.
Not really suitable for families as extra beds cannot be added to the rooms.
The relaxed ambience of Relais Vedetta means breakfast is not rushed and for those who prefer to lie in, is served until late morning and uses organic locally sourced produce from the surrounding farms. Homemade biscuits and homegrown seasonal fruits are all available in the living room for peckish moments.
In the evening, enjoy the warm sea breeze which gently floats up to the portico of the villa. Chef Beatrice will offer a carefully prepared refreshment service and every night, a gourmet Sunset Happy Hour which includes exquisite interpretations of local dishes accompanied by wines from the DOC cellars of the Maremma. Each dish is prepared freshly at Vedetta Relais.
Each of the seven individually decorated suites in Vedetta Relais tells a story. The Flirtatious Libertine, The Unstoppable Explorer, The Fickle Prima Donna, The Upstanding Maremann Gentleman, The Poliedric Artist and The Young Lady of Good Family; all of the suites have a distinct personality and there is something for everyone, from the adventurers among us to the homely, from steadfast lovers to caddish bachelors. An image of these exuberant characters is set on each wall from which the thoughtfully designed rooms take their inspiration and style and high-tech comfort blend together in the spacious rooms, all with breathtaking views of the countryside and the sea.
Step into the lives of these seven characters, their rooms scattered with belongings, from the explorer's well-travelled suitcases to the young lady's pristine white bustier. Rooms have soft inviting furniture, large beds with an impressive choice of pillows from goose-feather and latex memory-form to aloe or mallow scented!
All rooms come with air-conditioning, bathrobes, mini-bar, professional hair-dryer, flatscreen TVs with Satellite & Sky, iPods filled with music as requested to sit in the iPod docking stations and for those who want to bring their pet along, suites with gardens or terraces have kennels or cushions, bowls and even quilts. Relais Vedetta is also available for exclusive rental.
The inviting lake-style swimming pool at Vedetta Relais has wonderful sea views, while guests can relax in the aero-therapy corner and enjoy the south-facing location. This Chic Retreat is just 4km from Scarlino with its medieval churches and walls and is close to the beautiful beaches of Versilia and it's a great area from which to explore Etruscan archaeological sites such as Vetolonia and Roselle.
Close to the coast, kite-surfing, sailing and other water sports are on offer, as well as scuba-diving and Vedetta Relais has large sun umbrellas which you can reserve on the beach.
Golfers have the choice of two courses and nature lovers will be in heaven, with bird-watching at the WWF protected natural oasis in Orbetello and the Maremma National Park 50 km away. Order a relaxing in-room massage, or for the more active traveller, tennis can be arranged in Follonica.
How to get there
By car from the Aurelia variant take the exit Scarlino which you will find on the main road A12 Genova-Fiumicino.
Set your navigator at: Latitude 42° 54” North, Longitude 10° 49” East BY train the nearest station is Follonica at only 10 km away.
Pisa Galileo Galilei airport is 2.5 hours (150km)
Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports are 3 hours (200km)
Florence Leonardo da Vinci airport is just over 2.5 hours (170km)
Free parking is available.