What do you want from your summer holiday? Sunshine, obvs. Sybaritic surroundings. Superlative food. Service that is second to none. A swimming pool for the kids, luxurious spa for the significant other, somewhere to swing a golf club if the sunbathing gets too taxing.
Our favourite upscale Italian hideaway offers all this and more.
L’Andana is a spectacular Tuscan estate, once the summer home of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II of Lorraine. Clearly, Leo Two was a man of wealth and taste.
What he didn’t have, at the turn of the 19th century, was any of the aforementioned amenities (spa, pool, kids club, etc). Neither, for that matter, did he have a restaurant owned and run by the French superchef Alain Ducasse, winner of a remarkable 33 Michelin stars.
Nearby is the chic seaside village Castiglione della Pescaia, built around a medieval fortress but, to be honest, you’ll visit it once, max, because once you arrive at L’Andana, there’s really no good reason to leave.
4 nights at L'Andana is available from £1,645 based on two people sharing including breakfast and BA economy flights with Sublime Travel (01753 653646, sublimetravel.co.uk). For more information on L’Andana, please visit andana.it