Italy’s “Silver Coast” and the Maremma region of Tuscany remain relatively unknown but that, thinks Judith Baker, is probably about to change…

Oozing Italian chic, Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort is found in the relatively undiscovered Maremma region of Tuscany, between Mediterranean beaches and dramatic rolling hills. Loved by golfers for its first class course, the Resort will be on the map next year as it will be the host venue for the Italian Open on the DP World Tour.

From above, the Argentario Resort resembles a giant dragonfly with wings reaching out over the stunning green grounds in its 77 protected acres.

Inside, the striking contemporary monochrome decor imagined by interior designer Andrea Fogli reflects the hotel owner Augusto Orsini’s love for nature and sustainability. In quirky nods to the animal world you find the spider-like Anglepoise chandelier in the bar and an antler version in the dining room, animal prints throughout the property and wooden animal carvings. The bar has black wild boar tables alongside wide circular sofas for lounging.

There are several extravagant retro touches such as the huge white paper lampshade hanging from the atrium over the staircase to the bar and breakfast area.

Keep an eye out for wicker animals dotted around the grounds which include a hare, boar and porcupine. If you are lucky you may spot the real thing as European hares, tortoise and squirrels are regulars here.

With its entry in the exclusive Autograph Collection Hotels by Marriott International, the property is undergoing some restyling to add some softer, organic touches to its distinctive modern style. These include plants, earthy palettes and cosy furnishings that infuse the colours, history and nature of Maremma Tuscany into the Resort’s chic, minimalist design.

The Area

Maremma is still relatively undiscovered by mass tourism, and with its mild climate, great beaches and hills there is plenty to do for everyone. It is within easy access of Rome, Pisa and Florence

The Silver Coast, (Argentario) where the Resort is situated is one of the region’s most exclusive areas with its pristine coast and nature reserves. Don’t miss a visit to the Convento dei Frati Passionisti built in 1737 from where you get a lovely view of the Orbetello Lagoon and the Giannella Strip. The pretty  town of Orbetello is a short drive or refreshing walk from the hotel  and as well as its gothic style cathedral you can enjoy a coffee with the locals at one of its lively cafes or pick up some delicious cheese at one of its delis.  Porto Ercole is an historic centre surrounded by 15th century walls, forts sand towers.  Further afield you can explore the islands of The Tuscan Archipelago National Park by ferry.


The 73 rooms and suites are cool and elegant with chrome and stone fittings and glorious terraces which face the golf course up to the Orbetello Lagoon and over to the hillside. The Resort also has a range of villas available for purchase or rental, nestled in the nearby hills. With high ceilings, great views and all the amenities of the Resort on hand, these are proving popular with golfers and those looking for a luxurious home from home in this unspoilt part of Italy.


The 18-hole golf course (PGA National Italy) lies in a protected area and has the Agri Cert certification for its bio eco-compatibility. The owner is so committed to sustainability that he insists chilli peppers are used to deter insects, rather than chemicals.

Next year is a big year for Argentario as the Resort has been chosen as the host venue for the Italian Open on the DP World Tour (i.e., European Tour which is the main golf tour in Europe) in June 2025

 To host the national golf Open is a huge feather in the cap of a golf club as it is recognition of the quality of the golf course and its facilities. Staging the event will put the golfing spotlight on Argentario for the whole week in June as well as on Tuscany, hopefully bringing interest and income into the region.

 Many of the top professional golfers on the DP World Tour will participate in the event.

With an emphasis on wellbeing and sustainability, Argentario has a Wellness Centre with spa and gym and guests are encouraged to relax in its two pools or get at one with nature on jogging trails. You can also hire Pirelli E-bikes.


You can’t go wrong with good Italian food, and Argentario doesn’t disappoint with its menus at the fine dining Dama Dama and the Club House Restaurants. The hotel has a ‘zero kilometres’ policy and local ingredients are used including many from the hotel’s own gardens.

Giuseppe at the Dragonfly Bar down the dramatic staircase in the hotel is your man for great cocktails, enthusiastically preparing his own creations and his own botanicals.

I enjoyed a classic Negroni outside on the terrace as the sun set before enjoying superb roasted octopus, delicious traditional pinsa bread with Tuscan ham followed by excellent Tortelli with ricotta and chard in a Maremma-style ragu.

To Do

The hotel has its own private beach, Tramonto Beach Club with a restaurant and beach bar.  Boats are available to explore the waters and hidden spots of the Silver Coast with its rich vegetation, coves and islands.  There are tennis and padel courts, min-football pitch and children’s playground. Olive oil and wine tasting sessions are also on offer.

Price from £300 per night for a double superior room

Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort, Localita Le Plane, 58019 Porto Ercole, Italy.

To book, call +39 064 810292 or take a look at their website