We stayed at the Gallia Palace for a week for our honeymoon, after spending countless hours trying to find a top hotel in Europe that wasn't in a packed resort but had its own beach and a decent size pool. We were aware that the Gallia Palace charged £32 for two people per day for its beach, but couldn't find much else to meet our requirements and so ruefully decided we'd have to pay. We were so glad we chose it - it was luxurious. we were well looked after, the beach was beautiful and the pool was a great size, as I like to swim properly. The pool area was always very quiet, despite the fact that we were there in high season, the gardens were beautiful, and the beach was within easy reach - either a 5-10 minute walk, or a short hop in the hotel shuttle bus, which goes every 5 minutes. There was a pianist in the bar nearly every night, and the food was great - although not a particularly wide choice for vegetarians like me, but that's pretty much the case for the whole of Europe, not just the Gallia Palace! That said, the lunchtime food in the beach pagoda was absolutely gorgeous, and there were loads of things for me to eat, and plenty of steak and fish for my husband. The lunches, like everything else at the hotel, were expensive (about £37 pp I think), but we knew we'd have to pay for luxury, and accepted that, as it was our honeymoon. Overall, the only thing I could fault about it was that it had one of those rubbish hairdryers attached to the bathroom wall that blow out so little air that you may as well not bother using it. As I said, it WAS expensive, but you do get what you pay for, although I'm still not sure that it should have been as expensive as it was. Nevertheless, we have no regrets about choosing it, particularly as Punta Ala is a delightful little place, and not touristy at all. The hotel itself isn't exactly a gorgeous building from the outside, but it's nice inside, the staff are friendly although definitely not over-familiar, and I really would reccommend it. We'd go back if we won the lottery! [--]
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant property that was the first Italian hotel to joint the Relais & Chateaux Association in 1973, and the Gallia-Ansaldi family has been welcoming guests here for three generations. Fall in love with the private,fine sandy beach in front of the island of Elba, where La Pagoda restaurant reigns supreme, thanks to its unique architecture and spectacular sea view. Completely relax in the Turkish baths, pool or wellness centre and gym. Golfer will enjoy the 18-hole golf course, set in a pine forest that is over hundred years old. A private yacht awaits for memorable excursions to the Tuscan archipelago. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gallia Palace Punta Ala