We decided to plan a golfing vacation in Tuscany ending our trip with a mix of sea and golf. For those who desire such a balanced vacation, Punta Ala is a great destination. The Golf Hotel is a solid four star hotel offering a great golf and meal plan package. With your stay comes access to their private beach for which you will find all the comforts (included in your price) chairs, umbrella and towels. Also on the beach is the hotel's restaurant in order to quench your thirst or releave your hunger.
We chose a 1/2 room and board in a standard suite with breakfast and dinner. The golf option was also included for each of our nights. We were able to play three times at Punta Ala golf ( www.golfpuntaala.it more on the very challenging course in another TA review).
Structurally, the hotel architecture is somewhat dated. However, they have maintained the interior quite well. The room (ours was 328-without view) was very functional and clean. It has a living room with small dining area and a locked kitchen. The bedroom was large enough for two twin beds, which when put together make the European version of a "king size". The room was clean and promptly serviced.
Breakfast is served poolside and is a very rich and healthy buffet. I must say that the Tuscans have a very good sweet tooth. There were three different and fresh cornetti along with many other home made pastries. Fresh fruit, cheeses, prosciutto, eggs and breads completed the assortment of choices. It was truly tasty and enjoyable.
Dinner is served in two large dining halls where one has assigned seating. The decor is pleasant but the dining room acoustics are not good. Included in the dinner is your choice of a large antipasto buffet, a first course, a second course and dessert. The food was of good quality and variety even if on occasions they can get "lost" in their sauces.
The hotel has a convenient shuttle that takes you rapidly from the hotel to their private beach. You do have an option to walk which (not exactly measured) is around 800 meters or 2/3rds of a mile. You need only to bring your bathing suit since they will provide a beach umbrella, chairs and a lounge chair. Your room category will determine your location. In addition, you can have access to their bar/restaurant and other facilities permitting you to stay on the beach for the entire day. The ocean water is clean.
The hotel pool is located on some very well maintained grounds with plenty of lounge chairs and towels. The design of the pool is somewhat unique (looks like it could be converted into a runway for models) not permitting any lap swimming. Yet, it was functional and refreshing.
My compliments goes out to all the energetic workers who must pull some long 12 hour + shifts! They maintain a friendly and helpful disposition. If you need something, just ask. I gave the hotel an extra star for the great work of all the employees.
As previously noted, we stayed at this hotel for its golf package included in the room and board. You play at the Punta Ala Golf which celebrates its 50th year this year. It is a short 5 minute drive by car. I would recommend pre-reserving your tee times and golf cart. For more details on this course, it has been reviewed separately on TA.
We discovered a hidden small shopping center on the second day. It is no more than a 5 minute walk from the hotel. There are many nice stores including a very nice gift shop for local momentos. The grocery store (alimentari) and pharmacy can help you with any items you need or forgot. But the best is at the end of the second floor for a great after dinner – GELATO … not that I needed it!
Note- our golfing vacation included Saturnia, Marina Velca, Argentario (on TA) and Punta Ala (on TA). This permitted a nice tour of Tuscany with our final relaxing stay at the beach in Punta Ala.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive 4 stars hotel in the middle of a 50.000 Square meter private park and located in the green Maremma region only 700 meters off the sea. The hotel offers a very well equipped private beach, a wide outdoor swimming pool, a 800 sqm modern SPA offering a wide range of wellness programs and beauty treatments, an elegant restaurant and large meeting areas accomodating up to 280 people ideal for events. The hotel counts 24 modern double rooms and 106 Tuscan style suites that can accommodate from 2 to 5 people. Golf Hotel is the reference hotel for the famous Punta Ala Golf Club, an amazing 18 hole golf course with sea view. Punta Ala is a tiny natural paradise in southern Tuscany in front of Elba Island. It is the ideal tourist destination for people wishing to spend their holidays in total relax. Wild coves amid greenery of Mediterranean vegetation are characterized by wide fine sand beaches, crystal-clear water and lush pinewoods. Only a few kilometers off, the inland offers the opportunity to visit fascinating natural reserves, suggestive archaeological sites and the most important Italian cities of art including Florence, Pisa and Siena. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Punta Ala
- Golf Hotel Punta Ala Italy - Tuscany