Historic Boutique Hideaway, Sicily, Italy
Stumbling upon this enchanting historic property by chance in 2007, the owners immediately fell in love with it and decided to devote themselves to its restoration. Spectacularly situated along the slopes of Mount Etna, 500 meters above sea level, this 40-acre farm once belonged to the monks of St. Anna. The dusky pink 19th-century villa is now an elegant and eco-friendly boutique hotel that blends traditional Sicilian architecture with contemporary art.
The building was renovated applying the principles of bioarchitecture and ecological design, and over 50% of its energy comes from renewable sources. The decor – reclaimed wood furnishings, an antique palmento wine press and Phillipe Starck chairs set against black lava walls – echoes the dramatic surroundings. The elegant rooms all have original features such as wood-beamed ceilings or exposed stone walls. Each one has a balcony or patio with a view of the garden, sea or Mount Etna.
Amidst 40 acres of olive groves, citrus trees and vineyards, this boutique country hotel grows its own organic fruit, vegetables and herbs, which are then prepared for guests in the style of authentic Sicilian cuisine. An organic breakfast buffet is served daily.
Nestled amongst the citrus trees is the newly installed infinity pool, with wonderful views of the glittering Mediterranean in the distance. The air is magic and serene, carrying the scent of citrus and jasmine on the breeze. From dawn until dusk, the land, sea, and sky create a full palette of colors – on one side the sea glistens in the sun, while on the other, Mount Etna slumbers.
More than a boutique hotel in Sicily, it is a home which retains its intimacy and provides a sanctuary for travellers. This utterly charming property provides 8 rooms (in and around the main house) which incorporate the villa’s original features in an eclectic fusion of old and new that emphasizes the character of the whole. Hosts Guido and Ana look forward to welcoming you to their amazing hideaway.
The hotel offers free WiFi and parking and is 20 minutes’ drive from the nearest beach and the town of Acireale. Taormina is 35 km away and a shuttle service is available to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, 40 minutes away by car.