Looking for relaxation, refined dining and perhaps even some springtime sunshine? Escape to L’Andana Hotel in Tuscany, where the spa staff stand ready to soothe and the menu’s overseen by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse (we can’t guarantee endless days of Tuscan sun, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be warmer than rainy old England).
Style Tuscan hunting lodge
Setting Sublime solitude
Why this week? Smith members can save with our L’Andana Hotel offer: extend your Tuscany break with three nights for the price of two. And, classic car fans will want to be in residence on May 17 when the Mille Miglia races through town: you can even register to take part in the historic rally yourself.
Our favourite bits If you’re inspired by the traditional Tuscan tastes served up in the restaurant, why not take a cookery class with the hotel’s chef? And if that’s too much like hard work, the spa has a hammam, black-slate hot bath and stylish indoor pool, and the the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlook the palatial gardens.
Mr & Mrs Smith say: ‘This hotel in the coastal Tuscan region of Maremma is a former hunting lodge of a duke, and pardon the brochure-style speak, but it 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. ’
Read the rest of the anonymous Smith review of L’Andana Hotel in Tuscany, written by Mr & Mrs Smith
You say: ‘The feeling you get when you enter the long tree-lined drive to the hotel is just a fragment of the sense of pure delight when you actually enter the hotel reception. L’Andana is absolutely perfect and the most superb hideaway from the troublesome world. My girlfriend and I were transported into a world of chic opulence served by charming hosts. The hotel pool is a wonderful place to relax but you must try the spa treatments where you are pampered into sublime serenity (sorry to use so many superlatives but the hotel and its experience warrant them!)’
Tim, GoldSmith, stayed on 30 July 2009
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