The Boutique Hotel Ilio is built on the old wine cellar where Ilio Testa produced his typical “Elba red” and “Elba white” wines. Ilio’s grandson, Maurizio, followed in his father Giuseppe’s footsteps – he opened the hotel in 1959 – creating the first and only boutique hotel on the island of Elba: a few charming rooms, a close-knit atmosphere, friendly hospitality and made to measure.
The Boutique Hotel Ilio is located in Capo Sant’Andrea, on the north-western tip of the island – the most unspoilt and wild area.
The hotel is spread out, with a central building with panoramic terrace, from where narrow natural paths leading to the 20 rooms located in typical and independent structures lead to and from where the “open air living room” can be accessed.
Every room is different, based on a different personality, and there are four different styles to choose from: Mediterranean (for those who want to be surrounded by the sea of colour on the island, those of the sand, sky and land), Contemporary (for the sporty who also like their comforts), Tuscany (for the more romantic) and Essential, with a linear design ideal for those who want to relax and forget about everything superfluous.
Again with the intent of ensuring an exclusive stay, the hotel has a personal manager service to enjoy your experience as a local, discovering the hidden beauty of the island and using the multitude of services which enable you to enjoy your holiday.
The new wellbeing corner is not to be missed, offering relaxing and regenerating massages in the complete privacy of the luxuriant garden. There is a choice of a Special Massage (a combination of Ayurveda, passive yoga and Hawaiian massage), Wat Pho style Thai Massage (practised by the Buddhist monks in Thailand, using pressure techniques and passive yoga exercises), Maori Massage® (which uses wooden tools, drawing the lines of your body in an intense and profound way), and other personalised massages. There are also bars, a library, an area dedicated to photography exhibits on nature and the sea and a meeting room.
The winery is very chic, offering tastings of sought after local wines, located on the exact same spot as the old cellar. The entire hotel and the fully equipped beach close by have free WiFi coverage.
Surrounded by intense natural colour and heady perfumes, the Boutique Hotel is in a perfect position to enjoy the crystalline sea and its unique sea beds, perfect for snorkelling, diving and kayaking, and for those who just want to sunbathe and relax. The backdrop to this is the mountains surrounding the gulf of Capo Sant’Andrea, dominated by the Masso Omo, a place renowned for trekking, mountain biking, birdwatching, bio-watching and free climbing.
Relaxing and doing nothing or adventure, everything here is linked to the extraordinary land in the heart of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago.