Zafferana Etnea, Sicily
A boutique Sicilian hotel on the dramatic Mt Etna slopes, with chic-rustic interiors and a rich, local heritage…
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Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a boutique Sicilian hotel that has a rich, noble heritage and a majestic location. Positioned on the volcanic slopes of the striking Mt Etna, it has magnificent views of the stunning island backdrop. Its lush arable farmland is adorned with olive groves and vineyards, while the sparkling Mediterranean waters shimmer in the distance. Rugged black rocks lead up to the Etna peak and make this a unique tapestry that wears its heart on its sleeve.
The once 19th century noble house is set within 40 acres of organic farmland and was revered by the St Anne’s Monks for its special energy. Its classic architecture is full of romance and intrigue and weaves a magical tale of a bygone era. Now lovingly restored and with a chic-rustic finish, its blends a bare, natural simplicity with contemporary artwork. Sleek Italian furnishings join designer pieces and fresco paintings and sit against exposed original features that hold the deepest of secrets. Its lava rock walls are bare for all to see and feature alongside beamed ceilings, thick rafters and stripped back flooring.
Each of the 19 rooms has its own quirky personality ranging from uber-stylish suites to luxury double rooms. The largest of the suites are in their own detached buildings, while the others are spread out amongst the mansion house and its farmland properties. Whether you long for hot tubs, sea-views or the simple beauty of nature, they each have an interior that is full of inspiration. Choose Suite Minerale for its authentic, minimalist décor or Suite Dependance Tannico for its country house elegance.
While the hotel stands out as an exclusive, bijoux retreat, its real raison d'etre is to preserve its traditional roots. Organic, home-grown produce is served in the guest-only restaurant, where slow-cooking and local wine is utterly delicious. A modern infinity pool also blends in perfectly with the breath-taking scenery and is a divine spot for soaking up the intense natural beauty.
Beyond the peaceful grounds of this intimate hideaway you’ll find endless charming jewels hidden around the island. Tranquil, little villages are scattered amongst the hillsides, while sprawling vineyards and ancient sights can be found nestled by the roadside. Visit the fish market at pretty Catania or the World Heritage Noto Valley, before heading to the Alacantra Gorge or to the peak of Mt Etna. With a myriad of architectural gems and unforgettable landscapes, this part of Sicily will never cease to amaze you.
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