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“Etna's sustainable hideaway”

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Monaci delle Terre Nere
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Monaci is a well run property that has been beautifully restored through the vision of its passionate owner Guido, who is an exceptionally friendly and insightful host not to mention their lovely and smiley staff.

As soon as you arrive you feel "at home" and part of the "family".

The surroundings are breathtaking with hectares of fruit trees, vegetable gardens and vineyards, all on the Etna slope for you to walk around and see. The place is run with respect to nature, so you get the best of both words: a beautiful and comfortable place while being close and respectful of nature.

The food is exceptional. From the frugal breakfast with local honey and yogurt, homemade/local jams, bread, fruit and vegg from the gardens, not to forget their fresh pressed orange juice!
Dinner consists of a daily set menu with 4 mouth watering courses consisting of local seasonal produce, tasty with a grand choice of wine in a cosy in a homely but very chic setting.

We didn't use the pool due to time of year but it looked inviting with panoramic view of the surroundings.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Monaci is well worth the drive to it's remote location. After all, it's a true "get away from it all" kind of stay. Located on the slopes of Mount Etna you will be surrounded by stunning views, vineyards, olives, citrus, figs, and truly amazing gardens which you are free to roam and explore. AND you get to eat all the organic bounty for breakfast or if you dine in for lunch or dinner. Breakfast also features local honey, homemade preserves and Guido's very own organic olive oil (which contains the highest polyphenol content possible).

You are literally surrounded by beauty--natural and manmade. The owner, Guido has poured tons of love and thought into converting an old monastery into this designer boutique making Monaci a unique and comfortable stay. And to top it all off, his staff is kind and efficient.
Also, they are very helpful with arranging transportation or appointments.

We enjoyed the happy hour most evenings as this kind of boutique seems to attract very interesting and friendly guests.

I recommend doing the wine tasting offered by Etna wine school for Monaci guests. Benjamin and Valeria are very cool.

We stayed 5 nights, enjoyed every day of it and would consider going back.

The pool was too cold for us in November but we enjoyed reading poolside and soaking in the views.

They are usually fully booked so book in advance to get the room you'd like.

Have fun!

Room Tip: As they are usually fully booked I was lucky to get a room at all in such short notice. The sea view...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had four lovely days here relaxing after visiting other Italian cities. Very nice living room, bedroom and bathroom. Beautiful pool and sunbathing terrace. Lovely breakfasts amongst the pine trees behind main house. All around the house are marvelous views up to mount Etna and down to the coast. A very tranquil spot to relax in. Only real challenge was finding way home each evening in dark by trying to follow Sicilian road signs.

Room Tip: Garden suite does not have own garden area but has own balcony overlooking view to sea.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We spent a week there and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and grounds. Our room, the Floreale was spacious and attractive and the bathroom simply elegant. On the first day we chilled out and enjoyed sitting and reading on the very comfortable garden furniture with views over the pool and the sea in the distance. What a relaxing place! At the moment there are 8 rooms, some of them quite a distance from the main house which meant that there was always a feeling of spaciousness and exclusivity. The staff were very attentive but also discreet, contributing to the privilege of a very private place. Guido was very present and available, quietly ensuring the elegant tenor of the place.
The organic food was good and the local wines a wonderful revelation. It's an unspoilt and timeless part of the island. We were very grateful to Guido for providing us with a Tom Tom. We're usually quite adept at finding our way around, but the myriad of lanes was a bit of a labyrinth.
We ate at some wonderful restaurants recommended by Guido. The whole experience was a delight from beginning to end. The only slight drawback was the distance from major places of interest (except for mount Etna) but even local villages produced endless interesting experiences. September is evidently a favourite month for Sicilian weddings!

Room Tip: We liked the Floreale as it is in the main buiding and a only few steps away from the dining areas...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

A beautiful property that looks out over the hills of Mount Etna. Olive groves and citrus trees punctuate the views. We were warmly welcomed and LOVED our rooms (bathtub!!). Breakfasts were excellent, consisting of organic produce from the property and local delicacies. Dinners were served on a lovely terrace or in the warm, inviting dining room. The staff was EXCELLENT and the hands-on owner was SUPERB. Loved the area and the property and would return in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: Try and score the room with the bathtub!! Roomy and beautifully restored.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

This is simply the most wonderful hotel imaginable. We stayed for three nights in the misleadingly named room 7, in reality a little stone house nestled on top of a hill a few minutes from the main house with views of vineyards and farmland down to the sea in front and to Etna at the back. Simply stunning. The whole place was beautifully and imaginatively decorated as well. Best of all though was the general atmosphere of welcome. A lovely pool area, carefully set out to give privacy to those who wanted it but shared spaces for families and friends too; outdoor spaces for breakfast and dinner with lovely views; and staff who came up with solutions for almost any problem, including driving our car around the narrow tracks up to the house and fixing the wifi when it mysteriously gave up. Three days of perfect hospiality. Not cheap, sadly, but brilliant.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Incredible six night stay filled with wonderful hospitality and amazing food . The staff is friendly and professional. Beautiful breakfast room, a little small for all guests but it gives you the opportunity to make friends. We recommend it!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Monaci delle Terre Nere

Address: Via Monaci snc, 95019 Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Zafferana Etnea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Zafferana Etnea
Price Range: £129 - £474 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Monaci delle Terre Nere 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 2007, by chance, I stumbled upon this place, fell in love with it and decided to devote my life to its resurrection.To bring this place, previously chosen by the monks of Saint Anna’s order for his special energy and extraordinary charm, back to life. It has become the second great project of my life. The estate Monaci delle Terre Nere is situated along the slopes of Mount Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe on the border of the Etna National Park at 500mt above sea level. My wish has been to preserve the historic identity and local traditions, more than a Boutique Hotel it is a home which I hope retains its intimacy. The house which dates from 1800 is listed as one of historical importance. It is now a place where traditional Sicilian Architecture is combined with contemporary art and living. ... more   less 
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