The Mystique of Il Pellicano
Not in need of any introduction here, is scintillating Hotel il Pellicano.
If you were to combine the essence of La Dolce Vita with the Riviera lifestyle, think the Eden Roc of Cap D'Antibes, then Il Pellicano would be born. Opened in the 1960s by the Graham family and then soon after acquired by the Sciò family, this spring-to-autumn luxury iconic Hotel has always remained effortlessly elegant and simple despite its notoriety worldwide, it remains an almost word-of-mouth kind of place. It hasn't lost any of the glamour of its 60s hay day, still remaining the preferred spot of modern day screen sirens and Roman high society, the timeless glamour still prevails.
Yet even with such a glittering guest list, it is not inaccessible or indeed chi chi, you feel incredibly at home here rather than in a hotel . Il Pellicano is chic in a décontracté, old-school way, which is altogether refreshing and welcoming. The decors are simple yet elegant with terracotta floors, and photos by avant-garde German lensman Juergen Teller scattered around. There is a certain mystique to the place, almost like a well kept secret behind the Pelican logo. Yet for me, it's the simple sophistication, laid-back atmosphere and stunning panoramic views that make this a real coastal pearl.
The Hotel offers an exclusive small selection of suites and rooms located in separate villas or within the main building. From spectacular sea views over the archipelago, to the calming Tuscan gardens through to sophisticated interiors, Hotel Il Pellicano is a very special, bewitching place.
Even if you perhaps might not be staying in the Hotel, a magnificently crafted cocktail in the sea facing terraced bar or a meal at the candlelit Michelin star restaurant definitely lives up to the hype.
On a side note there is also a spa located in the main building which offers a full range of holistic treatments, and you do not have to be a guest to book yourself in for an hour or so.