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Il Pellicano

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  • Why:Pilgrimage to this hotel mecca
  • When:Italian Summer
  • Who:Me and my lover that loves hotels
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Il Pellicano If the day we die we end up in hotel heaven...

If the day we die we end up in hotel heaven...

Il Pellicano ... this is what the gates will look like.

... this is what the gates will look like.

Il Pellicano For over 5 decades, Hotel Il Pellicano has been an iconic destination to the finest travelers.

For over 5 decades, Hotel Il Pellicano has been an iconic destination to the finest travelers.

Il Pellicano Perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea,

Perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea, "Il Pelli" It is one of the most photogenic hotels in the world and favorite set for famed photographers like Slim Aarons and Juergen Teller. Special love for the waves of rosemary bushes.

Il Pellicano Started as a playground for European royalty, Hollywood actors and society figures who enjoyed the hotel's barefoot ease and privacy.

Started as a playground for European royalty, Hollywood actors and society figures who enjoyed the hotel's barefoot ease and privacy.

Il Pellicano Pure beauty.

Pure beauty.

Il Pellicano If your travel plans include out-of-property activities, be aware: you might never want to leave the hotel.

If your travel plans include out-of-property activities, be aware: you might never want to leave the hotel.

Il Pellicano Aperitivo perfection by the hotel’s longtime barman, living legend Federico Morosi.

Aperitivo perfection by the hotel’s longtime barman, living legend Federico Morosi.

Il Pellicano Caturday outfit courtesy of Pelliclub, the in-house boutique and spa.

Caturday outfit courtesy of Pelliclub, the in-house boutique and spa.

Il Pellicano Inside Pelliclub, a selection of items from Issimo, Il Pellicano digital culture and shopping platform.

Inside Pelliclub, a selection of items from Issimo, Il Pellicano digital culture and shopping platform.

Il Pellicano The most beautiful tennis court in the world.

The most beautiful tennis court in the world.

Il Pellicano Huge beds made up with crisp white linens.

Huge beds made up with crisp white linens.

Il Pellicano 7:12 sunrise... Buongiorno!

7:12 sunrise... Buongiorno!

Il Pellicano Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, served by the ultra choreographed service Il Pellicano is known for.

Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, served by the ultra choreographed service Il Pellicano is known for.

Il Pellicano The only kind of news we should read while here.

The only kind of news we should read while here.

Highs & Lows

  • The pervasive "sprezzatura" — Italian word that defines as "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it".

  • The service. Attentive and choreographed at every possible level. They will call you by your name from the moment you arrive and will make every move feel familiar and welcoming.

  • The location. The hotel sits on its own dramatic private cove, surrounded by towering cypress trees and sparkling blue waters. A combination that just makes a person happy.

  • We'd love to see the hotel's evocative and great-quality toiletries come in packaging that is not single-use plastic.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury hotel

  • Vibe

    Timeless barefoot glamour

  • Location

    Dramatically perched above the sea, overlooking a rugged private cove.

  • Rooms

    47

  • Arrival Experience

    After having heard so many fabulous stories about this place, the expectation of a memorable experience was undoubtedly met from the moment we crossed the gates..

  • Future Forward

    Over the years, Pellicano Hotels has implemented a range of sustainability initiatives to reduce the impact on the planet and people, including purchasing renewable energy, making food donations to Banco Alimentare, promoting local producers and providing dedicated employee training.  Now “Il Dolce Far Bene” marks the next step in their sustainability journey, based on two key pillars: Far bene per il pianeta (Doing good for the planet) and Far bene per le persone (Doing good for people).

  • Music

    Jazz, Bossa Nova, Old School Italia... All the right tunes.

  • Year Opened

    1965

  • Designed By

    Marie-Louise Sciò

  • Health & Wellness

    Salt water pool, state-of-the-art gym and spa.

  • Food

    Pelligrill for classic long Italian lunches (make sure to try the spaghetti with clams and zucchini flowers). Michelin-starred Il Pellicano for a creative take on Tuscan and Italian classics.

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    The classic piano bar is sexy and buzzy, it feels like there is always something interesting about to happen.

  • Minibar & Retail

    Minibar stocked with fine wine and liquor. Highly curated retail at Pelliclub store.

  • Accessibility

    With its many steps and steep pathways, it’s not recommended for wheelchairs or for guests with limited mobility.

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes.

  • Children

    No.

  • Price

    Reassuringly expensive.

  • Website

    https://www.hotelilpellicano.com/en/

Il Pellicano

Il Pellicano

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Dolce far niente

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In the Area

Hotel Location Porto Ercole, 58019 Lo Sbarcatello, GR, Italy

The Tuscan coastline of Monte Argentario, near the town of Porto Ercole, is the preferred stomping ground for affluent Romans and yachters cruising the Thyrrenian and stopping by for lunch — but the property still feels secluded from its neighbors. The hotel is about a 1.5 hour drive from from both Rome and Florence.

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