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“Essential elegance, unique atmosphere”
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Tenuta Borgia
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Milano
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“Essential elegance, unique atmosphere”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

People who like traveling to secluded destinations rarely take into account the Mediterranean sea, wrongly considered overcrowded and noisy everywhere. The island of Pantelleria located midway between Sicily and Tunisia escapes this common view. A little bit out of reach, the island compensates the traveler with a breathtaking landscape, where (unusual especially for the south of Italy) human interventions have almost improved its beauty. Tenuta Borgia is a marvelous sample of this statement. An ancient independent country mansion surrounded by small hamlets typical of Pantelleria (Dammusi) restored and made into private suites with their own garden, some with private large Jacuzzi pools. All details are scrupulously designed in full obeisance to historical crafting tradition. The main pool from which one can swim viewing the African sea is carpeted with ancient Sicilian tiles making Portuguese azulejos jealous. This spot enriched by blooming hibiscus, olive and caper trees is the epitome of Mediterranean glory. After one has fully enjoyed the dolce far niente, the island offers horse and bike riding, trekking, sailing and diving, all activities never mixing with the crowd. Unique atmosphere, essential elegance, warm hospitality turn tenuta Borgia into an unforgettable Mediterranean vacation experience.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

I was here with my mom so it was a special vacation in this beautiful really beautiful place. We stayed in a dammuso house with a private swimming pool and our own garden. The country is perfectly cared for by the owners as well as the garden itself. The architecture is local and perfect according to pantelleria tradition. To go to the beach, actually no sand but rock places, there is available a cooperative company of young locals, viva pantelleria they call it, really pleasant and well organized. Two funny things, uncontrolled dogs were coming to drink to our pool and the litter (spazzatura) was not eliminated as part of room service.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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tenutaborgia, Proprietario at Tenuta Borgia, responded to this review, 15 December 2013
Dear Guest,
we are very happy that you enjoyed your staying at Tenuta Borgia in Dammuso Limoni and thank you for your kind comments which help us to improve our hospitality. In fact, we are pleased to inform you that in 2014, the cleaning lady, with beds and bathrooms, will take care of the daily garbage too. We wish you Happy Festivity and we hope to see you again at Tenuta Borgia for next year.
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Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

This is a marvelous "country chic" residential place located in the Pantelleria Island in the middle of the country 1 km away from the tiny village of Rekhale and a few more km from Scauri village. The country surrounding Tenuta Borgia by itself is really spectacular: ancient vineyards, olive trees, and caper plants cultivated in linear ground areas protected by walls (terrazzamenti in Italian language, i. e., terraces) constructed with volcanic stones all over on the mountain one over the other in order to make the ground cultivable. All these incredible terrazzamenti overlook the immense Mediterranean sea over the horizon. No advertisements, no cement, no background noise but the sound of wind from Africa (libeccio wind) from Italy (maestrale wind) from Greece (grecale wind). in this scenario, Tenuta Borgia consists of a main dammuso house with swimming pool (water is precious in Pantelleria) where the owners live and that can be rented in the case of a 10 people family or group, and a few perhaps 3or 4 additional smaller dammuso houses of variable sizes fitting 4 to 2 persons. We stayed at the dammuso Palmeto. You should be prepared that no food or room services, are provided but dammuso houses are so elegantly designed in all details from linen to wood windows-doors from private small swimming pool (for 2 of the dammuso houses) to positioning to watch unique landscapes that you forgive this lack of service. Personally I liked the absence of Wi-Fi but others may be disappointed. Overall Tenuta Borgia is one of the best resorts I have ever seen in the world. Selective (few dammuso houses available), well payed for its value, and really unique country hose for beauty of nature, landscapes of sea and ground (mare and terra), and spartan (minimalist, it depends from point of view) elegant country chic hospitality. Be ready to accept wildness of a Mediterranean island that means pleasant and unpleasant little beasts. How the latter will influence your stay, again, will depend on your own attitudes to like or dislike. For me it ranks in the 5 star universe.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tenuta Borgia
Address: Contrada Salta la Vecchia SNC, 91017, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Pantelleria
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Pantelleria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Pantelleria's sea, in the stretch of coast running from Scauri to the Elephant's Arch cliff, 12 hectares lovingly cultivated, are the heart of Tenuta Borgia, the most charming estate of Pantelleria island. Seven Dammusi wisely restored that have kept intact the original structure, furnished with taste and equipped with all amenities, offer its guests the experience of living in a precious place where nature and culture reaches its perfect blend and expression. Ultimate Mediterranean charme. The decor is extremely refined and original: each piece was chosen by the owner Rosa Borgia Baroness Collice who has juxtaposed designer furniture, antiques and art objects. Ancient hand-decorated majolica tiles increase the charm to the floors, to the ducchene - the typical Pantelleria's bench - and to the large swimming pool and Jacuzzi pool. Sophisticated details such as hemp linen, bathrobes and rimmed towels, personalized porcelain tableware and high quality appliances complete the Dammusi comfort. Indoor spaces interact with outdoor to patios, pools, terraces and gardens.The Arabian garden, the largest in Pantelleria, secretly protects precious plants while plam and pine trees provide shade for strolls in the estate while scented and colorful shrubs and olive trees add the magic to this incomparable spot. ... more   less 
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