Situated between the two small towns of Porto Santo Stefano to the north and Porto Ercole to the south, the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa is something of a protected Mediterranean oasis, surrounded by cork-oak woods and ancient olive groves, with easy access from either Rome (160 km) or Florence (190km).
Accommodation comprises 73 rooms and 5 luxury villas, all with fabulous views from panoramic terrace locations over the golf course and across the Orbetello Lagoon.
All villas have fully equipped kitchens, a living room with dining area, home theatre and 3D TV. There are 2 five-bedroom villas and 3 three-bedroom villas, some with a hot tub on the terrace or on the patio.
Benefits of renting a villa include the luxury of continental breakfast as a room-service, the use of a golf cart to get around the property, unlimited golf in low-season, a garage with video surveillance and a concierge for arranging excursions and other activities.
Suites and apartments come in a number of shapes in sizes, from the 35m² Superior Room to the 80m² Penthouse, and all have King or Queen-sized beds as standard, along with at least one 42” LCD television in the accommodation. Interior styles range from light wood floor with white or grey panelling in Lagoon Bay rooms to natural stone in the Horse Track rooms.Interconnecting rooms are available and pets are welcome in Superior and Galley Twin rooms (also in suites upon request).
Staff in the Dama Dama Restaurant – named after the fallow deer that roam the neighbouring woods – prepare dishes using carefully-selected ingredients from local producers or even from the resort’s own vegetable garden and orchard, depending on the time of year.
The restaurant is designed as a contemporary vision of an elegant mountain retreat with Cappellini chairs by Marcel Wanders and the lounge bar, positioned at the foot of a grand, white spiral staircase, features amusing Pig Tables from the same Dutch designer.
Executive Chef Emiliano Lombardelli, who has been in residence since 2008 and has recently had a couple of gastronomic guides published, recommends the 6 or 8-course tasting menu, allowing guests to sample several types of regional cuisine.
There’s also a multitude of different wines to be found in the wine cellar and the sommelier is particularly adept at pairing local vintages with items on the tasting menu.
Cooking classes are organized on an ad-hoc basis for adults, children, even families. Under the guidance of the Executive Chef, pupils participate in a fun cooking lesson then taste the results of their efforts in the kitchen.
Dining in the Clubhouse is a more informal affair, where sandwiches, salads and desserts are served from 08:00 until 20:00. The kitchen is open from 12:30 until 17:00 then from 19:30 to 22:00 every day, serving soup, spaghetti and pasta dishes, along with standard golfers’ fayre such as club sandwiches and cheeseburgers.Both the Dama Dama and Clubhouse restaurants are open to the general public. The Dama Dama is closed from early November to late March but opens in the evening between 26th December and 6th January. It’s also shut on Mondays during the low season.
The Monte Argentario coastline is blessed with no fewer than eighteen Blue Flag beaches, each of which is worth exploring, beginning at the 10-kilometre sandy stretch at La Feniglia in the Duna Fenigla Nature Reserve and ending at La Giannella on the furthest away tombolo. Most beaches can be reached by foot but another good way to access them is by renting a boat.
Three nearby towns should be visited, especially during times of religious celebration.
On Easter Sunday in Porto Santo Stefano, there’s a procession through the narrow street at dawn, followed by a short rite to bless the sea and all the mariners that sail in it, with the moored fishing boats sounding their horns in response.
The town also hosts the Palio Marinaro dell’Argentario rowing regatta every August, with teams from the four districts in the little town racing against each other – and once the event ends, competitors cool off by plunging into the sea.
Porto Ercole, on the other side of the promontory, is where to be at the start of June when the town celebrates its patron saint of Sant’ Erasmo, with a firework display on the sea which is preceded by concerts, parades and regattas.
Situated in the middle of the lagoon, between Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, the small town of Orbetello honours its patron saint of San Biagio in May with the Eel Festival, involving a race of small boats in the lagoon. Gustatus, a big wine and food festival, also takes place here at the end of October, promoting local drinks and dishes from Maremma and Tuscany in general.
Further afield, the small town of Capalbio sits thirty kilometres east of Argentario, perched on top of a hill, and one of its main attractions is the Tarot Garden, a sculpture garden based on esoteric Tarot figures consisting of twenty-two monumental pieces made of concrete and covered with little mirror and ceramic mosaics.
Forty kilometres north of Capalbio, the spa town of Terme di Saturnia has welcomed visitors for centuries now to recuperate in the therapeutic qualities of its hot spring waters. Said to benefit the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, as well as normalizing and moisturizing the skin, Saturnia’s four outdoor thermal pools are open all year round.Another sightseeing trip worth considering involves a short 45-minute drive to the larger settlement of Grosseto. Once there, a day can easily be spent wandering round and marvelling at the religious architecture of the cathedral and churches located inside and outside the beautifully preserved city walls.
The Argentario Golf Resort & Spa is a great place to host a corporate event – from a business meeting to a team-building session, a product launch to a fund raiser or social function. There’s the Master Conference Room for 200 people, the Executive Conference Room accommodates 100, the Junior Conference Room holds 24 and the Boardroom for private meetings takes a maximum of 12.
This business centre has its own relaxation areas and there’s covered parking for around 100 vehicles, with apace for another 200 cars outside. The Dama Dama and Club House restaurants – which can handle up to 200 and 80 people, respectively – are within easy reach for informal buffet lunches, sit-down meals and gala dinners. There’s also a selection of equipment and services, such as video projectors and stationary, to assist with logistics.
Weddings and special occasions are catered for and the resort is just the spot to experience a fairytale Tuscan wedding on the coast, with a variety of wedding menus, flower arrangements, table linen, decorations and menu prints on offer to the newlyweds, their families and guests.
The Espace Wellness Center includes a fitness centre with Technogym equipment, a bio-sauna with chromotherapy, Turkish baths, a heated indoor swimming pool with saline water, massage cabins and tanning showers. Outdoors, Espace comprises two padel courts, a couple of tennis courts, jogging trails and a small football pitch.
The MediSPA is the medicine facility at the Espace Wellness Center, specializing in nutrition and naturopathy as advised by the Italian nutritionist and biologist Luca Naitan. The aim here is to regenerate and rejuvenate both body and soul with the Wellbeing Method which is focused on reaching a balanced and healthy physical and mental state through food re-education and exclusive treatments designed to achieve a desired weight, shape and physical-mental wellness.Annual memberships and day spas are also at the disposal of the general public.
The luxurious Argentario Golf Resort & Spa is an ideal destination for a relaxing holiday that combines golf, wellness and gastronomy. Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Monte Argentario promontory, it is home to an eco-friendly golf course which is routed through cork-oak woods and olive groves, a comprehensive spa and wellness centre, and the Dama Dama Restaurant where appetizing food prepared from locally-sourced produce is always on the menu.
The five-star hotel is beautifully designed with a majestic main entrance, a fabulous central stairway and enormous windows that offer unparalleled views of the surrounding Tuscan landscapes. All 73 rooms and 5 suites boast sleek, modern interiors which are appointed to the highest standard, all with private decked terraces.
Argentario Golf Villas is a real estate development allowing owners to purchase their own villa for use whenever they would like, with the possibility to generate income within a rental pool the rest of the time. Prices start at €1.9m for eight different designs which can be customized with six interior design options.
The golf course became the PGA National Italy in 2019, the only course in the country to hold this designation. Designed in the early years of the new millennium by architect David Mazzacane, with input from professional Baldovino Dassù, the layout is also one of only a few in Italy to receive BioAgriCert status through its use of organic products to maintain the course.
In the Golf Academy, one of the country’s most famous players, Emanuele (“Peppo”) Canonica, leads a small group of professionals who are in place to work with golfers that wish to improve their game. Using the latest teaching technologies, including the TrackMan IIIe simulator, Peppo and his team are on hand to help golfers improve their game.
Interestingly, the eighteen Maremma wineries each sponsor a hole on the golf course and this rather unique collaboration binds the resort with the local territory and promotes the region’s enogastronomic credentials.
Here are a few review comments over the last decade from golfers who’ve played here:
“The course is long, probably too long off the back tees for holiday golf, so best take a buggy.”
“This is a spectacular, challenging layout and certainly no place for the novice.”
“This course is certainly worth playing and the hotel is terrific.”
“I played other David Mezzacane courses in the past and I can say with no doubt that Argentario golf course is his masterpiece.”
“It can be quite hard for beginners as it is technical, but I found it really fun.”
“The greens were great, the bunkers were sensibly positioned and the water hazards were not overly penal… still (it’s) more than capable of baring its teeth, especially when the coastal breezes kick in.”