This was simply one of the most exciting reinterpretations of a classic Sicilian villa we’ve seen. Restored with contemporary elegance and cool, its refined old world charm and modern spirit coexist beautifully.
Historic Boutique Hideaway Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy
Regal and enchanting, this historic villa was discovered by the owners who immediately fell in love and decided to devote themselves to its careful and thoughtful restoration. Spectacularly situated along the slopes of Mount Etna, 500 meters above sea level, this 40-acre organic farm once belonged to the monks of St. Anna and is steeped in history.
The dusky pink 19th-century villa is now an elegant and eco-friendly boutique hotel that blends traditional Sicilian architecture with contemporary art along with environmental consciousness. Renovated applying the principles of bio-architecture and ecological design, over 50% of its energy comes from renewable sources.
Set in 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.
The striking decor includes reclaimed wood furnishings, an antique Palmento wine press and Phillipe Starck furnishings set against black lava walls that echo the dramatic surroundings. An eclectic fusion of old and new, the interiors emphasize the original character while making a stunning modern statement.
Featuring a diverse collection of thirteen guest rooms in and around the villa, each with a distinct personality, all incorporate the villa’s original features such as wood-beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls. The baths have been stylishly updated with a refreshing contemporary touches and raw elemental features. (The free-standing guest room tub is a luxurious delight.) Each has a balcony or patio with stunning views of the sea, Mount Etna and the gardens.
Nestled among the citrus trees is a beautiful and serene infinity pool, with amazing views of the glittering Mediterranean in the distance. From dawn until dusk, the land, sea, and sky create a full palette of colors while Mount Etna slumbers in the distance.
More than just a boutique hotel in Sicily, this is a home which retains its intimacy, its history and provides a stylish sanctuary for travelers.
The on-site restaurant overlooks the Mediterranean and the terrace where an organic breakfast buffet is served daily along with a delicious organic selection of meals throughout your stay.
There are frequent wine tastings where the proprietary varietals and olive oils are produced as well as farm tours and cooking classes.
Trips to Mount Etna, holistic and Ayurvedic massage, Yoga classes on the lawn, and a billiard room are provided.
Transfer to/from Airport, boat service, complimentary GPS/Navigator and parking.
Historic Boutique Hideaway is a 20-minute drive from the nearest beach and the town of Acireale, 35 km from Taormina, and 20 km to Mt. Etna. (See Guide)
Located in Zafferana Etnea, Catania, Italy. A shuttle service is available to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, 40 minutes away by car.
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Historic Boutique Hideawayfrom €170/ nt
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