The Hermitage is an understated family run hotel with an abundance of facilities. Situated right on the beach in the secluded bay of Biodola, this exclusive 5-star retreat boasts warm Italian hospitality, first-class service, and exceptional cuisine.
The Hermitage is our flagship Elba hotel and family rooms are heavily requested throughout the peak summer holidays with returning guests make up the majority of bookings. A small secluded 5-star hideaway on he best bay on the island, where the sun slips into the sea in front of you every evening, it’s no surprise demand is so high. If you want a chance to experience this unique hotel this summer we urge you to enquire as soon as possible to secure suitable rooms whilst we still have options. For the best choice of family accommodation in July and August, you must secure your rooms before the end of February, or there will be little chance of enjoying the Hermitage this summer. There is no early booking discount for The Hermitage. Early booking secures you access.
Many of our clients come to the Hermitage with a view to exploring the magical island of Elba, but once they settle into the relaxing pace of life, many are content just making the most of their stay in this private and secluded small corner of paradise. It's all about location at the Hermitage, as the hotel sits at the end of the bay where the small road ends, so there is a real sense of privacy and seclusion. The spacious gardens, swimming pools and beautiful private beach are perfect for lazy days in the sun.
The Hermitage is typically Italian with a simple and understated style. Bedrooms have whitewashed walls, are bright and cheerful with warm terracotta tiles and colourful fabrics. With rooms also leading out onto the gardens for families who want to avoid steps and slopes, we can tailor your stay to your precise needs.
Sea View Room
All Sea View Rooms benefit from a private terrace where you'll enjoy stunning views across the Biodola bay. The rooms are decorated in warm Mediterranean colours paired with terracotta tiles creating the perfect environment for you to recover after a day in the sun.
The Classic Rooms are spacious and bright with a fresh feel authentic to the private houses on Elba. The rooms' terrace with a table and chairs offers a relaxing view of the hotel's Mediterranean garden, with glimpses of the Biodola beach.
There's no denying that one of the biggest draws to the beautiful island of Elba is the mouth-watering Italian cuisine on offer. Sumptuous breakfasts on the terrace, laid-back beach lunches and 5-course evening meals all combine for an incredible gastronomic experience.
Dinner at the hotel is an institution. Everyone enjoys dressing for dinner after a day on the beach - although it is not stuffy or formal. Relax and enjoy the theatre of the traditional Italian way, with crisp white table cloths and waiters in immaculate uniforms running around big family tables. Each evening you'll be treated to delicious Tuscan specialities, local fish and seafood and steaks from the mainland rounded off with amazing desserts from the pastry chefs.
Fuoco di Bosco
The open-air Fuoco di Bosco is situated down towards the beach, it's walls adorned with the spectacular backdrop of the Biodola bay. The restaurant is transformed twice weekly into a spectacular buffet and barbecue where the chefs put on an amazing display with a multitude of Tuscan meats grilled to a succulent perfection, fresh "catch of the day" seafood and sweet treats. The highlight of many peoples stay, this is a dining experience not to be missed.
An informal beach restaurant, La Ghiotta offers a menu featuring reworkings of traditional Tuscan dishes with an emphasis on the provenance of the ingredients. With 0 food miles between producer and consumer, this restaurant provides an authentic taste of the region.
Situated overlooking the pool at the Biodola the Half Board restaurant boasts the former head chef at the Hermitage, who now presides over the wonderful menu, making every evening a real treat. A buffet-style Breakfasts is provided out on the terrace adjacent to the pool whereas evening meals are served table-side. Younger kids will enjoy delicious buffets at our supervised Scallywags supper and whilst they head off with our babysitters, you can make the most of the delicious local treats in store at your own pace.
The à la carte Maitu restaurant on the beach is the perfect destination for relaxed lunches, ice creams and sundowners. Once a week the hotel organises a night of Tuscan treats, in a similar vein to what happens at the Hermitage restaurant, laying on a veritable feast for the guests.
For those who like to enjoy a massage or a treatment, the Beauty Centre offers a good range as well as other facilities. We recommend a drink at the swim-up bar followed by a soak in the huge Jacuzzi that looks down over the beach and the glittering bay. And when you are ready to explore more of the treasures of the island, our team are on hand to drive you around, recommend the best places to visit and make all the arrangements so you needn't lift a finger.
We appreciate that only when the kids are happy that parents really switch off and enjoy their holiday too. Creating the right environment where everyone feels their needs are being met and that they can enjoy themselves is the key to our success. Find out below which of our programmes we'll be running in Elba this summer.
Guide prices include resort transfers, accommodation and service as indicated. We will be pleased to assist with flight arrangements and will quote the best available fare at the time of your enquiry. Under 2s travel free with Powder Byrne.
"The Powder Byrne resort manager, Sam went above and beyond to provide a fantastic level of service. The PB team were very good with the children and all worked incredibly hard to ensure the children had fun. I was very impressed with the whole team."
"Wow, what a fantastic holiday. The team, as always, were bright, cheerful and professional, creating an amazing holiday experience and we'll be sure to be back next year!"
"Our holiday was one of a kind, full of variety and new experiences and our expectations were exceeded by the resort team and the quality of the hotel. We especially loved the beach BBQ on the Saturday!"
"We had a fantastic holiday, many thanks to the amazing hotel and all the PB staff."
"We enjoyed our holiday enormously. All the team were exceptional in how well they looked after us; suggesting trips, offering advice and help and looking after the kids so well in the scallywags programme. Everyone was fantastically friendly and very professional."
"We were looked after so well by the team, as always the kids had a ball and we loved every minute. Flew by all too quickly and could not fault it."
“Powder Byrne service was sensational. Great team, great organisation. Matt and team knew the staff inside out and really ‘live’ the job. Loved how the zone + scally programmes on occasion mixed - great for both sets of kids. The boys couldn’t have had a better time 5***”
"All aspects of the holiday exceeded our expectations. We loved The Hermitage hotel, which was both relaxed and luxurious- a hard blend to achieve. The Zone programme was so exceptional and I highly recommend the team for their organisation, good humour and patience."
“The programme was very well organised and the team of PB staff clearly get on very well and go out of their way to ensure the children have a wonderful time. Everyone was so upbeat and they all made our children feel very secure and special. I had no qualms about off-sites because of their professionalism and this team was particularly impressive”
“The transfer was fantastic. From the start, Jamie was smiley, enthusiastic and he made us feel relaxed and welcome. He was knowledgeable and had so many supplies (food and drink) for the family. He went out of his way to make it comfortable and drove safely and even managed to get us on an earlier ferry. FABULOUS!”
"We love the resort and we love the Powder Byrne support in resort, especially the kids clubs.
"It has been my best holiday ever with the children, a great team and fantastic service."
"Couldn’t have been better. PB staff highly organised, always good fun and a pleasure to socialise with. TheZone and Scallywags were amazing. It was the staff that really made the holiday superb!"
"We had another fantastic Powder Byrne week! Whether summer or skiing, we know that from first contact to last, everything will go smoothly and the service will be excellent. Another triumph!"
"The staff at the pb crèche and Scallywags could not have been better – our children have loved their time here thanks to the calm, organized, fun helpers. We really appreciate all the effort and enthusiasm and could not fault anything. Thank you!"
"Yet another wonderful holiday with PB, which exceeded our (high) expectations and 'ticked every box'. The Hermitage was simply wonderful: a beautiful location, splendid facilities, fabulous food and discrete, thoughtful and attentive staff – we could not rate it highly enough. The kids club staff did a wonderful job of ensuring that the children were entertained and well looked after and were helpfulness personified."
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