The Hotel Scoglio Bianco gave me the quiet, get-away-from-it-all, totally relaxing holiday by the sea I had been dreaming of for a very long time but didn't really think I'd find.
I arrived to a very nice welcome from Walter and staff that made me feel like a guest, not just a person filling a room. The family and staff all seemed lovely- very hospitable, kind, helpful and friendly - nothing seemed too much trouble for them.
The hotel location is incredible. It's is elevated right over the sea with stunning panoramic views around the bay. It's lovely to sit out on the terrace watching the sea, birds, boats and sunset. Immediately below the hotel (down some steps) is a tiny,pretty rocky cove with crystal clear water. A short walk along a track and some steep steps take you down to a pretty pebble beach (when I was there, mostly covered with a thick layer of soft dried kelp that did not smell). There is a beautiful (sand and pebble) beach with crystal clear water a five minute walk on from that. Or you can take a country walk of about 40 minutes through lovely scenery to a beautiful sandy beach with restaurant and bar. If you have a car or bike you can visit any beach you like (there is parking at the hotel) and the bus stop is a short walk from the hotel. I didn't have transport and enjoyed exploring the area on foot and by bus.
I traveled solo and had booked a single room. It had (shared) balcony with tables and chairs and views straight out to sea. It would have been fine for me for a night or two but I was staying longer, had lots of bags and decided I would prefer a bigger room and bathroom. So I was moved to a double room with large bathroom and little terrace area overlooking the flowery inner courtyard of the hotel. That was perfect, very comfortable and cleaned every day to a very good standard.
I stayed during a heatwave and being from a Northern country found it pretty hot some nights. I could have left the windows open & the sea breeze in (there were shutters for privacy) but wasn't sure if there were mossies around (I'm allergic) so kept the windows shut. I could have asked for a fan but didn't think about it at the time - doh!
I stayed half board. Breakfast was adequate and dinner was home-cooked and tasty - just right after a day spent walking or swimming. There is a nice bar with seating indoors or out on the terrace overlooking the stunning bay (deciding where to sit is a no-brainer really!). The service (throughout the hotel in fact) was excellent. There is a nice looking restaurant immediately next door to the hotel but I never ate there - I enjoyed eating at the hotel.
The hotel paid for a kayaking trip (I think it came with the half board) at the nearby water sports/ camping centre at Enfola. That was brilliant fun and I wanted to do it again but was leaving. Perhaps next time as I would like to re-visit the Hotel Scoglio Bianco now I've found it. I would like to thank everyone there for a totally enjoyable and relaxing week and many happy memories.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are interested in spending a relaxing and romantic holiday,our bio-hotel is just what you're looking for!Set over a crystal-clear sea, near to Portoferraio (the main town of Elba, sourronded by the mediterranean wood of the National Park.You can eat genuine food, in a family small hotel owner-managed.From our terraces you can admire wonderful and magic sunsets on the sea, with the island of Corsica and Capraia on the horizon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Scoglio Bianco Elba Island, Italy