From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Alain Ducasse's divine new country inn takes its name from the sweeping allée of umbrella pines and cypresses that lead to the entrance to this 1,200-acre estate. Nine rooms in the main villa, once the hunting lodge of Leopold II, the last grand-duke of Tuscany, and 24 in the connected fattoria (farmhouse) are designed with sponged apricot walls, Como silks, and voluptuous modern couches strewn with pillows; bathrooms are particularly luxurious. L'Andana is also equipped with an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool tub. A sensualist's spa opens later this year, half of an eventual 18-hole golf course will tee off by year's end, and a Ducasse restaurant is scheduled for 2006. At the moment, the food is in the hands of Ducasse protégé Christophe Martin, whose sophisticated take on Tuscan cuisine makes the most of authentic ingredients and fresh seafood from the nearby Tyrrhenian coast.2005 Hot List
When to go: February through November.
Which room to book: Nos. 8 and 9, with glorious views, gas fireplaces, and especially sybaritic bathrooms
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessibleSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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