We stayed for two nights last week as part of a week touring Sicily. The hotel is very characterful and charming. The decor is particularly fine and a lot of effort has gone in to producing a very stylish place to stay with lovely modern art and beautiful details at every corner. We spent the two days here doing very little - we needed a rest and were happy to relax around the estate, taking a walk through the vineyards and then sitting out on the terrace overlooking the wonderful views down to the sea. The weather was not great so we also enjoyed setting up a lovely open fire in the sitting area of our room and relaxing on the sofa. If the pool area had been open and the weather nicer then I could have wiled away much longer here! I envy those people coming in summer!
We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner here and enjoyed the delicious local produce and fresh fruit and veg from the estate. Only aspects for improvement in terms of dining would be to allow guests longer to enjoy dinner - we felt a little rushed and stuffed from being served four courses in very quick succession! A word on the service too - everyne was friendly and courteous but the young Sri Lankan guy who served dinner, drinks and generally was around helping was particularly charming and kind - we really liked him.
Our room was gorgeous - the Fresco Suite - with a lovely sitting area and very stylish decor and views over the estate to the sea. We would highly recommend it. Only improvements I would suggest would be to instal a nice roll top bath to allow guests to relax in and also an ipod docking station - that would be consistent with the very high standard of comfort that it offers otherwise.
All in all a very memorable place to stay and one that I would highly recommend.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Monaci Delle Terre Nere Sicily/Zafferana Etnea, Italy