Getting to Elba: The ferry for Portoferraio, Isola d’Elba leaves from Piombino. Book your ferry well in advance at – www.mobylines.com
Where to Stay: The only place to stay on Elba, in my opinion, is Hotel Hermitage – www.elba4star.it – set directly on an idyllic beach in its own secluded bay and surrounded by the Mediterranean sea. You really need at least 10 days here to relax and unwind, three salt water pools, tennis, golf, water games a mini club and an amazing diving centre there really is lots to do. To stand a chance of getting into Hotel Hermitage you need to book well in advance. Families return here year after year and it truly is a special place.
Diving in Elba:
The diving centre situated in the bay and grounds of Hotel Hermitage is second to none – www.divinginelba.com/en/home.asp – the staff are fantastic with kids and gave the perfect balance of safety and fun, really professional and knowledgable, brilliant! Riccardo, Allesandro and Sandro were the ‘freckles’ favourites. Be sure to visit them as soon as you arrive to book yourselves onto a dive. You will be pleasantly surprised with the number of dive sites available and the variety of sea life that you will see.