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Tuscany is Italy’s most quaint destination – prominent in vineyards and seaside resorts that touch the salty Mediterranean, the area is distinctive for its cultural idiosyncrasies and leisure living. Depart from the stereotypical Tuscan experience and lather up some ubiquitous Italian luxury with a direct route to Punta Ala; at the heart of Maremma near Groesseto, Punta Ala veers from the typical tourist path to introduce purveyors to a truly exquisite, and undiscovered, Tuscany.
Punta Ala’s exclusivity lies in its relative youth – formerly a private hunting reserve, Punta Ala was “discovered” in the ‘60s and has become an escape for international travelers searching for limited distractions and miles of attractions. Rich in history, Punta Ala has culturally escaped many modern amenities due to its more recent traveler breakthrough, though the land is still thriving in diverse and entertaining appeals unspoiled by modern conveniences.
The city is attractive for its outdoor qualities, but also its proximity for day excursions to Castiglione della Pascaia, Follonica and Vetulonia. Maremma is also renowned for its wines, particularly Morellino di Scansano DOCG, a full-bodied red that has remained reasonably priced despite hearing unwavering support from vintner legends.
Seasonally accessible, seaside resorts in this area stand out for their charming, original fare. Guests are presented with more than just a place to rest their heads, but an all-encompassing Italian excursion that resembles perfectly coifed movie-set romances. The Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto inside the trusting community of Punta Ala speaks to guests with privacy needs, luxurious requirements and detailed advances.
A Tuscan escape is finally in season again, and this Relais & Chateaux sweet retreat carries the aura of a pristine Italian villa. Escape tourist traps at the Cala del Porto, where elegance comes naturally in this traditional Italian hotel filled with a warm ambiance, comfortable settings and delicious amenities.
The hotel itself has just 40 rooms, all of which overlook the stunning Mediterranean Sea or lush gardens. Each individually decorated room or suite captures Italian elegance in dreamy pastel colors, marble accents and modern luxury’s most divine facilities. As a resort that encapsulates an entire providence, Hotel Cala del Porto keeps entertaining central, regardless of its central proximity to central providences like Siena (just 120 km) or Bolgheri (40 km).
Packages are prominent at the Hotel Cala del Porto featuring signature spa treatments and authentic restaurants accommodating the guest who isn’t prone to wander. With an all-encompassing wellness and beauty center featuring a pool, fitness, sauna and Jacuzzi, guests are also offered massage packages and other beauty experiences.
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Golf Club Punta Ala is a public course that offers guests and residents one of the world’s most distinguished courses. Since 1964 Golf Club Punta Ala has been challenging players to 18 holes situated adjacent to breathtaking views of the nearby sea. The par 72 drives players with natural undulations, lush landscape that proves to be fitful obstacles, and traditional Maremma landscape that provides more than just a challenge – with a popular restaurant and shop.
Via del Golf, a 58,043 Punta Ala (Grosseto)
Phone: 0039 0564 922121
The sailing community in Punta Ala transformed the region with the discovery that its location and mild climate provided excellent conditions for year round activity. The Yacht Club Punta Ala is renowned as a dedicated sailing school and club that has been a prominent figure in the community’s international attraction since 1976. Hosting sailing regalia’s and yachting tours, the legendary Yacht Club Punta Ala has highlighted this seaside town’s unusual delights.
58043 Punta Ala
Phone: 0564 923232
The only downside to being such a remote Tuscan community is the lack of treasured resources – locals in the tourism industry haven’t let those miniscule details stun their success, particularly Il Sottomarino restaurant in Follonica. The seafood-heavy menu highlights Maremma’s regional fare, while the homemade pastas, breads and desserts provide significant influence to the area.
Via Marconi, 18 58022