Six of the Best Boutique Hotels in Sicily

Tue, 19 November 2019

What’s your favourite hotel in Sicily? Our round-up of the best places to rest your head while touring Sicily is likely to make that question almost impossible to answer…

Bringing together sea views, island style and fresh seafood, these Sicilian boltholes offer a secluded Italian escape

Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia

A cliffside positioning and sea views create a sense of seclusion here – visitors are unlikely to want to leave that private Capofaro bubble. The rest of the property wades in the shadow of the northernmost lighthouse in Sicily – nab one of six rooms located in the converted (and still working) lighthouse. Soft whites, sea-foraged amphorae and crisp white linen act as a minimalist foil for the extravagant intensity of the Aeolian landscape.

Monaci delle Terre Nere

Elegant and eco-friendly sums up Monaci delle Terre Nere nicely. Positioned on a 60-acre farm, the hotel sports a dusky pink exterior and, inside, the decor is just as distinctive – think: black walls and reclaimed-wood furnishings. Our favourite thing about this Sicilian bolthole? The old wine press. Clear some space in your luggage for a bottle of U’ranaci wine, a bold blend of grenache grapes and Nerello Mascalese, produced onsite.

Principe di Salina

For a room with a serious view, opt for the top-floor Superior Rooms at Principe di Salina – which guarantees ocean vistas. From a height, you’ll be able to spot all the hotel’s greatest attributes – the infinity pool being our first port of call (before catching some sleep in our whitewashed boudoir that is). Feast on family-style Sicilian dinners at the Ristorante Della Casa, though don’t let the bountiful bouquets of flowers and hand-painted earthenware distract you from the task at hand – that being eating your weight in fresh seafood and moreish vegetable-based dishes.

  • +39 090 984 4415
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  • Via Nazionale 3
    98050 Malfa
    Salina ME

Seven Rooms Villadorata

Once home to a prince, this old palace in historic Noto is now a luxe bed and breakfast (eggs royale, anyone?). To really vamp up the regalness, book out the Austro suite – all gilded, ornate tiles and frescoed ceilings – which has a stately air to it. Speaking of air, each of the seven rooms is named after a wind. Wherever you bed down, this honey-hued baroque beauty is guaranteed to beguile.

  • +39 093 183 5575
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  • Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 53
    96017 Noto

Dimora delle Balze

Comprised of 11 rooms (each named after a piece of art, film, literature or music by a Sicilian artist), this restored 19th-century masseria is a haven for creatives and romantic types alike. Situated among lush, hilly countryside Dimora delle Balze stylishly mixes old and new – its handmade cementine tiles and super-comfy Simmons beds sweeten the deal.

Sikelia Luxury Retreat

On the tiny Italian island of Pantelleria, in the Strait of Sicily, is the elegant, white-washed Sikelia. Those in search of a first-class escape should take note. Paradise found, you’ll be smitten by the retreat’s traditional dammuso-style structures, capped with domed roofs. Inside, it’s a more contemporary vibe, with a first-rate spa to boot.

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