After a three and a half hour ferry journey we drove through the winding roads of Salina trying to find Hotel Signum. This wasn’t that easy, we arrived in the little village of Malfa wondering where a hotel could be hidden... after enquiries, we finally found the small sign pointing down a small alleyway, dumped our car and went exploring. A left and a right turn later we eventually entered a small reception with glass doors onto a stupendous terrace full of tables laid up for lunch and surrounded by plants and flowers. We were obviously quite high up as the sea stretched out below us and as we gathered our breath back and wondered how on earth we were going to get our bags of luggage here someone appeared, gestured for us to sit down to lunch and said they would fetch someone to go and retrieve our bags. Within 5 minutes all was calm again, we had a bottle of cold water, a bottle of wine, a menu and were pointing the direction of the car to someone advising them to take a trolley...
Leisurely lunch done and bags in sight, Isabelle came over to welcome us, tell us about dinner and offer her services for anything we may want while we were there. An upgrade to a new suite went down as well as the bottle of Aeolian wine we had just quaffed and we were soon ensconced in our suite and heading back through the terrace to discover the infinity pool. The pool was probably the thing we liked the least, don’t get me wrong it is a lovely pool but there isn’t a huge amount of room around it and therefore not enough sunbeds for people. Most of the beds are in full sunshine and with no umbrellas this can be taxing (oh the hard work we must endure sitting in the sun..). The next day we went down to the small garden area near the pool where there is shade and this solved this problem of incessant sun whilst still being close enough to the water to cool off. These are however small issues in the grand scheme of things but with the sea being a way down and there not really being any beach to speak of, are things to consider.
A good way to deal with this is to hire a boat and get away from everyone else whilst looking around these gorgeous islands and stopping wherever you feel like it to jump into the crystal clear sea and hang out with the fish. Isabelle recommended a fantastic boat www.barcajost.it The captain is an affable fellow called Pierre and he has a beautiful boat with a great sun deck, all the snorkelling equipment you may need and he is also a fantastic cook and will cook up lunch whilst regaling you with stories of his life before he took to the open seas.
The food at Signum is fabulous, wine list extensive and reasonable and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. We can’t wait to return!
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- Also Known As:
- Signum Hotel Malfa
- Hotel Signum Isola Di Salina, Italy - Sicily